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Intel Schools of Distinction Roxbury Preparatory Charter School. Amy Zaffuto Co-Director, Curriculum and Instruction. Background: Roxbury Prep. Mission: Prepare students to enter, succeed in, and graduate from college

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intel schools of distinction roxbury preparatory charter school

Intel Schools of DistinctionRoxbury Preparatory Charter School

Amy Zaffuto

Co-Director, Curriculum and Instruction

background roxbury prep
Background: Roxbury Prep
  • Mission: Prepare students to enter, succeed in, and graduate from college
  • 265 students, 100% African-American or Latino, 72% free and reduced-price lunch eligible
  • School was founded to serve the underserved communities in Boston without access to college prep schools
  • School opened in September 1999 with class of 6th grade students; first graduating class in June 2002
  • Charter renewed in February 2009
school organization
School Organization:
  • Rigorous, college prep Math, Science, English, History, and Reading classes from 7:45 AM to 3:15 PM
  • Athletics and visual and performing arts Enrichment classes from 3:15 to 4:15 PM
  • Small, focused classes with outstanding teachers, a strict code of conduct, and mandatory uniforms
outstanding results
Outstanding Results
  • On the 2009 8th grade math MCAS test, Roxbury Prep students ranked #1 out of all schools in the Commonwealth.
  • On the 2009 8th grade ELA MCAS test, Roxbury Prep students ranked #9 out of all schools in the Commonwealth.
  • Students scored advanced or proficient on the 2009 MCAS at a higher rate than 80% of all Massachusetts middle schools, including Wellesley, Weston, Belmont, Brookline, and Harvard.
  • Nearly 70% of the students in the Class of 2009 matriculated to independent, parochial, or exam schools. Nearly 80% of the graduates from Roxbury Prep’s first three classes are enrolled in colleges and universities across the nation.
reasons for success
Reasons for Success:
  • Freedom/Accountability
  • Research/Systems
  • Three C’s: Curriculum, Character, Community
freedom accountability
Freedom/Accountability:
  • Freedom
    • Freedom to establish college prep mission, to require our students to wear formal uniforms and complete two and a half hours of homework each night, to create a culture of academic rigor and high expectations
  • Accountability
    • Accountability plan  choose systems, choose data to collect and analyze, make outcome-oriented, data-driven decisions
    • Must produce results  otherwise shut down
research systems
Research/Systems:
  • Research Best Practices
    • There is no “magic bullet”  find out what other schools are doing well and do it better
  • Develop strong systems
    • Curriculum, discipline, professional development, etc.
    • Refine your systems every day
three c s curriculum
Three C’s: Curriculum
  • Curriculum
    • Recruitment of outstanding teachers
    • Extended day: 7:45 AM – 4:15 PM (two periods of literacy; two periods of math)
    • Development of clear internal standards aligned with MA standards, the MCAS, and our college prep mission (CATs)  3 full weeks in summer
    • Development of internal assessments aligned with MA standards, the MCAS, and our college prep mission  comprehensive assessments each trimester
    • Tutoring
three c s character community
Three C’s: Character & Community
  • Character
    • School Creed
    • Strict code of conduct (emphasized in information sessions and orientations)
    • Advisory character development program  built around school creed
  • Community
    • Enrichment
    • Community Meeting
    • Family involvement/communication
    • Summer opportunities
    • High School Placement/Graduate Services
science at roxbury prep
Science at Roxbury Prep
  • Results
    • MCAS  Roxbury Prep students have outperformed Boston Public Schools students, state averages, and affluent suburbs.
    • Comps  Roxbury Prep students average a 50% gain between pre and post test on internal assessments
  • Program
    • August Curriculum Development
    • Professional Development
    • Double Labs in 8th Grade
    • Integration of Technology and Engineering Standards
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