Tagged “High School”

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.

Bringing STEM Home to Forge Community Bonds

Vanguard Preparatory School, Apple Valley, Calif.

Recently named a California School to Watch by whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, Vanguard Preparatory School is facing the achievement gap head on. Located in Apple Valley, a rural town in California, Vanguard’s focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects has made it a standout in the area. Vanguard runs family STEM nights to further strengthen the connection between the classroom setting and the family support network.

Missouri High School Develops an Intentional and Proactive Approach to a Positive School Climate

Lindbergh High School, St. Louis, M.O.
 

Although high schools are often difficult environments for attaining character education goals, Lindbergh, located in a 2008 National District of Character, has successfully integrated character into school life with an intentional and proactive approach. Almost all service learning activities are curriculum-based. Ron Helms, principal, states, “The positive climate created with the We Are Lindbergh Way has contributed to a drastic decrease in bullying incidents in our school. The norm is to step up and make sure that our campus [is] free from bullying behavior.” Topic Time gives students the opportunity to discuss character issues that might not be addressed in the classroom. Helms also notes that “the word discipline has all but been removed from [the school’s] vocabulary, and is instead replaced with words such as responsibility or making it right.” Lindbergh has gained a reputation for being a place where core values are brought to life.
 

Honesty, Kindness, Respect, Responsibility, and Service are developed at this New Jersey School

South Brunswick High School, Monmouth Junction, N.J.

 

South Brunswick manages to challenge its students, staff, and community members by focusing on moral and performance character. At South Brunswick, Strive for Five serves as the driving philosophy for developing character by focusing on honesty, kindness, respect, responsibility, and service as the five tenets that shape the culture of the school. Principal Tim Matheney and activities coordinator Gina Welsh champion the effort to develop and sustain a culture of character and support their staff and colleagues as they, too, Strive for Five in their daily practice and long-range plans. South Brunswick coaches expect their teams to stand for something bigger than themselves; they encourage each team to identify a cause to champion and to find ways to sponsor that cause throughout the season.
 

Oklahoma School Develops Character and Academic Results

Muskogee High School, Muskogee, OK

 

Muskogee High School is celebrated by its community as the first-ever Oklahoma State and National School of Character. The Muskogee Roughers are now on the ROAD (Respect, Opportunity, Achievement, Determination) to Success because of the synergy that character development has created. The Advocacy program, initiated in 2008-09, has become a powerful connector that supports a sense of security and belonging among a highly diverse student population. Students feel cared for, and as a result, academic achievement is up and disciplinary referrals are down. Intentional opportunities to serve can be found everywhere at MHS, and 40 different student groups and organizations offer something for everyone.
 

Individualized Education Helps Support School’s Diverse Student Population

Northview High School, Florissant, M.O.

Northview High School is a public separate special education school in the Special School District of St. Louis County. Northview serves a diverse student population with significant support needs as outlined in their individualized education plans. Students either require significant support to access curriculum or have not been successful in the traditional school environment. The movement from extrinsic to intrinsic motivation has been very challenging as we are a special education school working with students across the continuum. The character education journey has taken strong dedication and is the result of a steady increase in staff commitment.
 

Innovative Learning Program earns National Recognition

Eagle Rock, Estes Park, C.O.
 

Eagle Rock, an initiative of the American Honda Education Corporation, is both a school for high school–age students who have dropped out of school elsewhere and a professional development center for adults, particularly educators. The school is a year-round, residential, and full-scholarship school that enrolls young people ages 15–17 from around the United States in an innovative learning program with national recognition. The Professional Development Center works with educators from around the country who wish to study how to re-engage, retain, and graduate students. ERS's success hinges on character development as a means to improve academic performance.
 

Nurturing Confidence, Compassion, and Personal Excellence in Students

Corpus Christi College, Bateman, Western Australia

Corpus Christi College is a co-educational high school of nearly 1,200 students located just south of Perth. The school provides a modern, exciting, and forward-thinking education experience for students, nurturing confidence, compassion, and personal excellence. The school is committed to educating young people to serve as school and community leaders and students are prepared to become life-long learners and global citizens.

Recognized as a MindMatters School in 2011 by whole child partner Principals Australia Institute, Corpus Christi College has established a functional school-based core health and well-being team with clear processes and roles to support their work. The school has increased the number of trained staff and the range of professional development opportunities available to support staff wellness. Students are encouraged to take proactive leadership roles in mental health and well-being initiatives and mental health and resilience themes are integrated throughout the curriculum and extracurricular activities. Parent, family, and community involvement has expanded with regular parent information forums and direct links with community mental health services.

High School Shows Strength in Unity

Balga Senior High School, Balga, Western Australia

Balga Senior High School is located in a northern suburb of Perth, a metropolitan area that is culturally diverse. The school has strong pastoral care programs that address the social and emotional needs of students. The school motto, "Strength in Unity," implies that cooperation is the key to providing a happy and pleasant environment in which all can strive for excellence in their educational pursuits.

Recognized as a MindMatters School in 2011 by whole child partner Principals Australia Institute, staff at Balga Senior High School are a vibrant and active team committed to ensuring that all students feel safe in a supportive environment and that the students' social, emotional, and physical needs are met. The school is a leader in connecting with the local community and has built relationships with many community organizations, including The Smith Family, North Migrant Resource Centre, and the Youth on Health Festival, Western Australia's largest youth performing and visual arts festival. Students participate in the festival annually. Student spirit groups provide practical opportunities for student voice in school thinking and activities and promote tolerance of differences through extra-curricular activities.

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