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Intensive College Preparatory School Achieves Impressive Results with Low-Income Students

The Preuss School UCSD, La Jolla, C.A.
 

This public charter school of 800 students in grades 6–12 provides an intensive college preparatory education for low-income students drawn from all over San Diego, each representing the first generation in their family to attend college. Through the implementation of a single-track curriculum, smaller classes and individualized student supports, Preuss has achieved impressive results. Students in 10th grade have attained a 100 percent pass rate on the California High School Exit Exam for the past five years. The school boasts a 99 percent graduation rate, a 97 percent attendance rate, and a 96 percent rate of acceptance of its seniors into four-year colleges, excellent examples of the school’s proven success and why it was recognized by Newsweek as the nation’s top 2011 “Miracle High School.”
 

School and Communtiy Pride is Driven by Student Success

Pierce County High School, Blackshear, G.A.
 

Whether in a classroom or on an athletic field, student achievement drives the success that builds pride in a community and a school. Nowhere is this truer than at Pierce County High School in rural southeast Georgia. The school’s 965 students, almost half of whom are economically disadvantaged, have demonstrated what leadership focused on student learning can accomplish. In 2004, PCHS ranked at the bottom of the state in students passing the high school graduation tests and only 55 percent of the students graduated. In 2011, 86 percent of the students graduated and the school ranked 17th in the state on the graduation exams. Everyone wants to be the best: a result of high expectations, solid achievement and collaboration.
 

Staff Commitment Turns School Environment Into a Place of Learning

Bloomfield High School, Bloomfield, N.J.

Changing the culture of a large, diverse high school from a place of teaching to a place of learning requires determination and the commitment of the entire school staff. Documented growth for all students and closing achievement gaps over the last five years has demonstrated that Bloomfield High School has made this transformation. BHS is a microcosm of America. Its nearly 2,000 students, 45 percent of whom are economically disadvantaged, and 16 percent of whom receive special education services, are almost equally African American, Caucasian, and Hispanic. Consistent academic growth over time has led to the community’s resurgent pride in the school and the school being named a 2010 National Title I Distinguished School.
 

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