ERIC Number: EJ745617
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Reference Count: N/A
Making a Big School "Small"
Barker, Andrew P.
Educational Leadership, v63 n8 p76-77 May 2006
Two years ago, Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, Washington, committed to making each student's sojourn a personalized learning experience, even in a school of 1,500. The teachers at Shorecrest took a closer look at their student population and found out several unmet needs of the significant minority group of students. Among those findings include: (1) Many of the school's 10th graders were not meeting standards on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL); (2) In the 2004-2005 school year, 15 percent of Shorecrest's 9th graders did not earn enough credits to move up to 10th grade; (3) A majority of Shorecrest's Latino students, the fastest-growing ethnic group on campus, did not pass the 10th grade WASL; and (4) Fifty-five percent of the students show significant risk factors for "low commitment" to school as described by the Washington State Healthy Youth survey. In this article, the author describes how Shorecrest developed four initiatives targeting at-risk segments of its population, which will be phased in over four years. These strategies include: (1) Targeted class size reduction; (2) Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID); (3) Family partnership program; and (4) Faculty study groups to improve instruction. (Contains 1 footnote.)
Descriptors: High Schools, Individualized Instruction, Student Needs, Minority Group Children, Low Achievement, High School Students, Educational Strategies, Educational Innovation, Grade 10, Grade 9, Minority Groups, Teacher Student Ratio, Hispanic American Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Washington Assessment of Student Learning