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North Scott High School Smaller Learning Communities. CFDA # 84.215L U.S. Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education. Purpose. Support the creation or expansion of small, safe, and successful learning environments in large public high schools. Absolute Priority.

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North scott high school smaller learning communities

North Scott High SchoolSmaller Learning Communities

CFDA # 84.215L

U.S. Department of Education

Office of Vocational and Adult Education



Support the creation or expansion of small, safe, and successful learning environments in large public high schools.

Absolute priority

Absolute Priority

Helping All Students to Succeed in Rigorous Academic Courses

(by implementing strategies and interventions to ensure that all students who enter HS with reading/language arts and/or mathematics skills significantly below grade level achieve proficiency by the end of 10th grade.)

Project goals
Project Goals

  • Goal One: Improve academic achievement and social outcomes for all students through the use of research-based strategies and interventions.

  • Goal Two: Prepare all students for a successful transition to high school and from high school to post-secondary education, training or the workforce

  • Goal Three: Provide staff with ongoing professional development aligned with research-based instructional strategies and SLC best practices


  • Building Leadership Team

  • Advisory

  • Student Assistance Team

  • Career Awareness

  • Learning Supports

  • Credit Recovery

  • Professional Development

  • Freshman Houses

Building leadership team
Building Leadership Team

  • Purpose: Lead faculty, students, parents, and the community to improve student achievement.

    - Started as building business committee

    progressed to a committee that looks at data

    to help determine professional development


  • 19 minutes per day

  • Staff assigned to specific grade level advisory

  • Student Advocate

  • Activities – grade level specific, team building activities, academic and career conferencing

Student assistance teams
Student Assistance Teams

  • Members – administrators, guidance counselors, juvenile court liaison, AEA special education staff, police liaison officer

  • Meet weekly

  • Monitor academic performance, behavior and attendance

Career awareness
Career Awareness

  • Facilitated by Mary Anne Braden, School-to-Work Coordinator

    • Business Internships (seniors)

    • Elementary Teacher Helpers (seniors)

    • High School Teacher Helpers (juniors & seniors)

    • Job Shadows (juniors & seniors)

    • Sophomore Career Fair (hosted at NSHS)

    • College Career Days & Workshops

Healthcare academy
Healthcare Academy

  • Stage 1 – Health Occupation class [2007-08]

  • Stage 2 – Additional classes(e.g. Anatomy & Physiology) [2008-09]

  • Stage 3 – Practicum for hands-on experience [2009-2010]

Industrial technology strands
Industrial Technology Strands

  • Home Building

  • Drafting

  • Manufacturing/Welding

Family consumer science
Family & Consumer Science

  • Early Childhood

  • Human Services

  • Fashion & Design

  • Culinary Arts

Learning supports
Learning Supports

Research based and age appropriate


  • APEX

  • Second Chance Reading Program

  • Criterion Writing

Credit recovery
Credit Recovery

  • Spring 2007 – Summer 2010

    - 421 students recovered credit in 489 courses

    - Reflects 77% of students enrolled successfully recovered credit in one or more courses.

Professional development
Professional Development

  • Academic Teaming – Collaboration Time

  • Common Planning Time Training

  • Collaborating on Line for Rigor & Relevance

Freshmen transition activities
Freshmen Transition Activities

  • Spring of 8th grade year

    - Counselors meet with parents & students to develop

    4-year high school plan and course selection for 9th


    - High school students visit 8th grade advisories

  • Freshmen Tours

Freshman houses
Freshman Houses

  • All Freshmen in Red or Silver House

  • Core Course Offerings

  • 45 minute classes

  • Common Planning Time (cross curricular & by department)

Nshs students failing core class at semester
NSHS Students Failing Core Class at Semester

Critical questions
Critical Questions

  • How do we decrease the number of sophomore and juniors failing a core class?

  • How do we decrease the number of students requiring credit recovery?

  • How do maximize collaboration time?

  • How do we continue high school reform?