Successes and Challenges of Grade Reconfiguration at Granger High School. Introduction.
A successful sense of community has developed within the 9thGrade Academy. All core classes and lockers are located in a common area. Students (and parents) appreciate that freshmen aren’t traveling as much and can get to classes more quickly this first year. Counselors are also located in the same hall which gives students easier access to another adult in the building.
There seems to be a heightened demonstration of collegiality among teachers and support staff which goes beyond departments. We hold weekly PLCs and teacher collaboration time.
There have been 80% fewer suspensions of 9th graders this year. To date, only students violating district policies with Drug and Safety offenses have been suspended. All other discipline has been dealt with using the Administrative Intervention Strategy, with few repeat offenders. To note: freshmen rarely receive office referrals from mixed grade classes. The bar is raised by the older students.
Freshmen online to graduate has risen from last year’s junior high data of 71.4% to 80% this year at Granger High School.
To date the average GPA’s of this year’s 9th graders is higher than demonstrated at their home schools as 8th graders.
At Valley Junior High, in their 8th grade year, this class averaged 2.36 for Semester 1 and 2.02 for Semester 2.
At West Lake Junior High, in their 8th grade year, this class averaged 2.33 for Semester 1 and 2.26 for Semester 2.
This year, as 9th graders, their average GPA for Q1 was 2.52 and Q2 was 2.50.
We have not yet completed both semesters and have only Semester 1 data.
There is greater opportunity for students to take upper level classes, a greater variety of elective classes, more involvement in athletics at a higher level of play, more opportunity for active leadership roles, plus greater and easier access to the Career Center and GTI. Accessing the GTI is easier since all 9thgraders are on the same block schedule at Granger High School.
Students are exposed to the expectation, language and protocol focused on high school graduation and College and Career readiness their entire freshmen year. Examples of this would include hearing about Jostens assemblies, FAFSA nights, scholarship opportunities, college fairs/recruiters, college visits, college mentors, etc.
*Sports are sanctioned by the Utah High
School Activities Association
Credit Recovery can be started immediately after 1st term and is ongoing throughout the school year. As soon as students need credit recovery, they may start.
Our 8 week Summer School/Credit Recovery program, packets and face-to-face classes, has been very successful. A total of 39 students were able to catch up completely, having no F’s, and may now complete all credits within regular school hours to graduate.
*This is strictly packet based data.
Total number enrolled: 39
Total F’s recovered: 24*
Total number enrolled: 45
Total F’s recovered: 20*
* Although some students still received F grades, we are pleased to report that these 20 students have now passed and received credit for Math Secondary 1, Qtr. 2
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