Tagged “Rural Schools”

An Early Intervention Support System Yields Success

San Lorenzo Valley Middle School, Felton, Calif.

San Lorenzo Valley Middle School—located in Felton, California—has just been named a California School to Watch by whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. This rural school has made great strides in recent years on California’s Academic Performance Index (API). Much of the school’s success can be attributed to its thorough and effective academic counseling programs, which ensure that every child is supported and can receive help if needed.

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.

Sharing Ideas for Higher Achievement

Sanger Academy Charter School, Sanger, Calif.

As one in a trio of Sanger, California schools to be designated a California School to Watch by whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, Sanger Academy Charter School proves the efficacy of a commitment to quality education. Collaboration between Sanger Academy and its two sister schools—also designated as California Schools to Watch—can be seen on all levels, from middle school sports tournaments to monthly meetings between the three principals to share ideas and techniques.

Rural Schools Team Up for Success

Quail Lake Environmental Charter School, Sanger, Calif.

As one of whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform’s California Schools to Watch, Quail Lake Environmental Charter School joins a commendable group of educational innovators. Located in Sanger, California, Quail Lake faces many of the same challenges commonly seen across small, rural schools. But with professional development and a collaborative strategy for instruction, Quail Lake and similar institutions in the area have come together and made significant progress in closing the achievement gap.

High Expectations Yield Valuable Lessons

Fairmont Elementary K–8 School, Sanger, Calif.

Fairmont Elementary K–8 School, recently named a California School to Watch by whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, sets the bar high for educational achievement. Located in Sanger, California, Fairmont works to help its students succeed by providing them with a safe learning environment, diverse intellectual opportunities, and a strong partnership with families and the local community. Students understand the high expectations held by their teachers and school administrators, and they strive to work at that level each day.

Rural School Uses the Arts to Challenge Students

Larne Elementary School, Clover, SC.

This rural school has strategically challenged students with an arts integration curriculum and enrichment programs such as foreign language, violin, 3-D sculptures, guitar, and dance that challenge students to “think outside of the box.” Teachers work tirelessly to provide classes that are strategically designed to enrich students in all subjects. A proud parent writes that while students are learning the arts, they are also expanding their math and vocabulary skills. Larne provides an enormous menu of learning opportunities to widen student horizons, advance intellectual thoughts, and expose students to a plethora of atypical education experiences.
 

Rural School Uses Arts Integration to Engage Students

Cannons Elementary School, Spartanburg, SC

This rural school engages students in arts integration curriculum that is embedded in daily classroom learning experiences.   Engagement continues with the collaboration of community artists who provide opportunities for students to experience live ballet, creative writing, art, dance, and a variety of other activities. Cannon uses arts integration to deliver instruction in all content areas across grade levels. The work of students hangs alongside the work of professional artist in the lobby of the school, further showcasing the engaged learner. This faculty seeks best practices that will engage the academic needs of all students.
 

Rural School Grows Rapidly While Overcoming Tremendous Challenges

Vallivue Middle School, Caldwell, I.D.
 

 Sitting at a high point overlooking a beautiful valley near Boise in Southern Idaho, this rural middle school has recently experienced tremendous growth and challenges in all facets of the school. Through teamwork implementing a highly developed strategic planning process, Vallivue moved from a state designation of “Needs Improvement” to "New School" status in four years. With a more clearly defined emphasis on discipline and attendance issues, a collaborative restructuring of the curriculum, the introduction of best practices instructional methods, and adoption of a data driven assessment model, an environment has been created where the 700 students, of which 70 percent are economically disadvantaged and 30 percent are LEP learners, excel.
 

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