Tagged “Challenged”

Emphasis on Real World Skills Sets Washington School Apart

Skyview High School, Vancouver, Wash.

Skyview High School has been recognized for its efforts to go above and beyond requirements with the Challenged Students Award from Washington State ASCD. Skyview, located in Vancouver, Washington, is notable for its educational innovations, which allow the students to pursue their interests extensively at the precollege level. Students are able to learn about and train in the fields that they may one day pursue in the working world, gaining crucial skills and knowledge at an early age. The school’s challenging academic curriculum, which features 19 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, is paired with an engaging extracurricular framework whose offerings range from choir to knowledge bowl.

Emphasis on Real World Skills Sets Washington School Apart

Skyview High School, Vancouver, Wash.

Skyview High School has been recognized for its efforts to go above and beyond requirements with the Challenged Students Award from Washington State ASCD. Skyview, located in Vancouver, Washington, is notable for its educational innovations, which allow the students to pursue their interests extensively at the precollege level. Students are able to learn about and train in the fields that they may one day pursue in the working world, gaining crucial skills and knowledge at an early age. The school’s challenging academic curriculum, which features 19 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, is paired with an engaging extracurricular framework whose offerings range from choir to knowledge bowl.

Language Learning Meets Emotional Understanding

Open High School, Randwick, New South Wales, Australia
 

Open High School—designated a MindMatters school by whole child partner Principals Australia Institute—s a school like no other. Centered in Randwick, Australia, the school specializes in languages via distance learning. Nearly 2,000 students from both public and private schools have the opportunity to choose from 103 courses in 13 languages that are not available to them in their local schools. Aside from language offerings, Open High School is committed to providing an emotionally supportive learning environment for all of its students and staff.

Harnessing Leadership Potential to Keep Teens in School

Fontana Unified School District, Fontana, Calif.

Fontana Unified School District, located in Fontana, California, has been awarded a grand prize grant in whole child partner National School Board Association’s 2013 Magna Awards. The district has developed and implemented the Fontana Leadership Intervention Program (FLIP). FLIP, which is directed at middle and high school students, offers students a variety of classes ranging from ethics to drug and alcohol resistance. The program also requires participation in community projects and seminars for parents as well. This multifaceted outreach has already made a visible difference in behavior issues at both the middle and high school levels.

Math Programs Add Up to Success

Albermarle County Public Schools, Charlottesville, Virginia

Whole child partner National School Boards Association has awarded a grand prize grant to Albermarle County Public Schools in the 2013 Magna Awards. The district—located in Charlottesville, Virginia—has implemented an initiative known as “M-Cubed: Math, Men, and Mission,” a two week summer math academy for male African-American students. The summer program is supplemented by mentoring and academic support during the remainder of the year. M-Cubed is intended to increase levels of academic achievement and also promote connections with local community organizations.

District Makes Global Citizenship a Core Value

Derry Township School District, Hershey, Penn.

Derry Township School District has been awarded a grand prize grant in the 2013 Magna Awards by the National School Boards Association, a whole child partner. The district—located in Hershey, Pennsylvania—has developed and implemented the COCOA Principles program, which teaches students to be respectful and responsible global citizens. The COCOA Principles are community, opportunity, citizenship, ownership, and academics. Derry Township students who exemplify these principles are nominated for awards and high school students must select one as a central theme of their graduation projects.

Where Young Minds Can Grow, Everyone Wins

Lebanon Middle School, Lebanon, Kentucky

Lebanon Middle School has been named a Kentucky School to Watch by National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, a whole child partner. Lebanon joins an elite group of Kentucky schools with this award, which recognizes academic achievement and developmental initiatives, among other exemplary factors. County Superintendent Chuck Hamilton commended the students and staff of the Lebanon, Kentucky school for their commitment to achievement and pursuit of excellence. By creating a welcoming community, Lebanon Middle School ensures that its students maximize their academic and personal growth.

When Excellence is an Everyday Commitment, Success Follows

Holcomb Bridge Middle School, Alpharetta, Georgia

Whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform has selected Holcomb Bridge Middle School as one of its 2013 Georgia Lighthouse Schools to Watch. Holcomb Bridge was previously named a 2012 Beacon School, indicating that progress towards becoming a Lighthouse School was underway. Principal Joy Schroerlucke cites the Alpharetta, Georgia school’s commitment to excellence for every student and emphasis on collaboration as formative factors in the school’s awards record. Holcomb Bridge is also notable for its sensitivity to the needs of individual students and its positive learning environment.

Magnet School Supports and Challenges Its Students for Maximum Development

Corwin International Magnet School, Pueblo, Colo.

Corwin International Magnet School has been designated as a Colorado Trailblazer School to Watch by whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. The Pueblo, Colorado school became a magnet school in 2008. Corwin’s recognition was focused in large part on its learning environment that engages and challenges its students and staff. The Colorado Trailblazer School to Watch award recognizes schools that are not only academically excellent, but also work to incorporate student needs and interests, as well as engage in ongoing assessments to keep improving the school in all areas.

Collaboration Leads to Engagement

Sinaloa Middle School, Novato, Calif.

Whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform recently added Sinaloa Middle School to its list of California Schools to Watch. Sinaloa, located in Novato, California, is constantly working on new ways to improve the student experience and close the achievement gap. This is most notable in Academic Performance Index (API) scores for students with disabilities, which have increased by nearly 100 points since 2007. Aside from numerical success, faculty collaboration has yielded a series of strategies and initiatives designed to promote student engagement with the school and learning as a whole.

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