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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