ERIC Number: ED462568
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Case Study: Walhalla High School, Walhalla, S.C.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
In 1987, Walhalla High School in Walhalla, South Carolina, undertook a major restructuring effort to raise the school's standards and keep pace with the expectations of local high-tech businesses and industry. School and district leaders established an affiliation with the Southern Regional Education Board's High Schools That Work initiative, which was aimed at raising the achievement of career-bound high school students. Walhalla raised its standards by eliminating general and remedial courses and requiring all students to complete an upgraded academic core of mathematics, science, and English courses. Students were required to plan their course selections around five career concentrations. The following were among the strategies used by Walhalla's administrators and teachers to improve the services provided to students and students' performance: (1) actively involving the faculty; (2) providing staff development; (3) supporting teachers in using new instructional methods; (4) involving parents and the community; (5) using the Gold Seal achievement program to get students to meet higher standards; (6) providing positive academic counseling for students; (7) working closely with the area career center; (8) connecting rigorous academic concepts to their applications in the workplace; (9) instituting block scheduling; and (10) using data for school improvement. Walhalla's restructuring efforts have resulted in improvements in student attendance, motivation, and academic performance.(MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Education, Academic Standards, Career Counseling, Case Studies, Change Strategies, College Preparation, Core Curriculum, Counseling Services, Course Selection (Students), Curriculum Development, Delivery Systems, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, Educational Counseling, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Educational Technology, Employment Qualifications, Guidelines, High Schools, Instructional Leadership, Integrated Curriculum, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, National Standards, Noncollege Bound Students, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Staff Development, Standard Setting, Student Motivation, Systems Approach, Teacher Improvement, Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.