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Rural Community College and High School Partnership Serving High Minority and Poverty Students – “Mile High Aspirations” for Under-Represented Students. North Central Washington Bridgeport High School Wenatchee Valley College Presented by: Tamra Jackson, Principal & College Instructor
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North Central Washington
Bridgeport High School
Wenatchee Valley College
Tamra Jackson, Principal & College Instructor
Dr. Jim Richardson, President Wenatchee Valley College
Photo by Al Dezutter
Female 57% Male 43%
Full-time 65% Part-time 35%
Students of Color: 47%
Native America: 5.5%
Running Start (on WVC campus) students:
(15 college credits)
High School - $5,296.73 (from state)
College - $4,925.96 (93% from school)
College in the High School:
$35/Credit or $525/FTE (15 college credits)
Bridgeport School District pays for the credits earned by their students at the high school. The school district saves $4,400.95/FTE by being able to offer this at their school with their faculty. (Bridgeport pays faculty members.)
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 8, 2011
White House, Department of Education Announce 2011 Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge Finalists
Six Public High Schools Selected to Compete for Presidential Commencement Address; Finalists Enter Next Phase of Competition Led by the Get Schooled Foundation
WASHINGTON – Today, the White House and the U.S. Department of Education announced the six high schools selected as finalists for this year’s Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge. As part of the next step of the Commencement Challenge, the Get Schooled Foundation will now work with each school to produce a video for the online voting portion of the challenge.
The President set a goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020 and the Commencement Challenge invited the nation’s public high schools to submit applications that demonstrate their commitment to preparing students for college and a career. Hundreds of applications were received and were judged based on the schools’ performance, essay questions and supplemental data. The six finalists were selected for their creativity in engaging and supporting students, academic results, and progress in preparing students tograduate college and career ready. Finalists:
Bridgeport High School (Bridgeport, Washington)
Wayne Early Middle College High School (Goldsboro, North Carolina)
Booker T. Washington High School (Memphis, Tennessee)
Science Park High School (Newark, New Jersey)
Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, School for Creative and Performing Arts (Pittsburgh, PA)
High Tech High International (San Diego, CA)
The mission – “A Legacy of Life-Long Learners”
Formula for success - rigorous preparation and persistence are fundamental building blocks for student achievement.
Methods to achieve this include:
-strong teacher-student relationships
-sharing of alumni college success stories
-increasing number of students enrolling in college courses
and AP courses
-expanding number of college and AP course offerings
-developing partnerships between Bridgeport High School and Wenatchee Valley College
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High school graduation is an accurate assessment of whether the nation’s public school system is adequately enrolling, retaining, and successfully graduating an educated populace to be productive citizens in society. In today’s increasingly competitive global economy, graduating from high school is more critical than ever to securing a good job and a promising future.
Nationally, the factors that have attributed to the low graduation rate of Hispanics include:
-lack of cultural understanding
-inadequate academic advising
- non-supportive school climate
-fewer rigorous courses available
Nevarez, C. and Rico, T. (2007). Latino Education: A Synthesis of Recurring Recommendations and Solutions in P-16 Education. The College Board.
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Over 90% of the students attending school come from families whose income qualifies them for the federal Free or Reduced Lunch Program.
86.0% of our students are Hispanic.
In summary, Bridgeport is a financially depressed, isolated community without the resources to provide additional experiences for our students.
“The true discrimination that comes out of poverty is the lack of cognitive strategies. The lack of these unseen attributes handicaps in every aspect of life the individual who does not have them.”
Payne, Ruby K. (2005). A Framework for Understanding Poverty: fourth revised edition. Highlands,Texas: aha! Process, Inc.
Increase the number of rigorous course opportunities . . .
Provide ongoing support to ensure student success in rigorous courses . . .
Continue to cultivate an academic and college-going culture . . .
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The following spells out specific interventions that Bridgeport School District uses to address barriers and achievement gaps:
-all educational materials
-AP exam fees
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Additional specific interventions that Bridgeport School District uses to address barriers and achievement gaps:
***Data reflects Bridgeport High School scores.
Student-led Parent Conferences
Back-to-School Open Houses & Orientations
-Parents learn about programs and upcoming events at these functions.
Report cards are mailed home to parents every three weeks showing student progress.
Parent Action Committee (PAC) and Migrant Meetings
Family Leadership Institute
Bridgeport’s College-in-the-High-School Program in cooperation with Wenatchee Valley College:
English 101 English 101 English 101 English 101
English 203 English 203 English 203 English 203
English 226 English 226 English 226
English 250 English 250 English 250
U.S. History 146 U.S. History 146 U.S. History 146
U.S. History 147 U.S. History 147 U.S. History 147
Biology 100 Biology 100
Biology 127 Biology 127
Kinesiology 288 Kinesiology 288
Fitness Lab 262 Fitness Lab 262
Political Science 101 Political Science 101
Political Science 202 Political Science 202
Sports Nutrition 283
Bridgeport’s Advanced Placement & AVID Program:
AP Psychology AP Psychology AP Psychology AP Psychology
AP U.S. History AP U.S. History AP U.S. History AP U.S. History
AP Spanish Lang. AP Spanish Lang. AP Spanish Lang. AP Spanish Lang.
AP Biology AP US Government AP US Government AP U.S. Government
AP US Government AP World History AP World History AP World History
AP Human Geography AP Human Geography AP Human Geography
AP Calculus AP Calculus AP Calculus
AP Statistics AP Statistics AP Statistics
9th Grade AVID AP Biology AP Biology
AP Art Studio AP Studio Art
AP Microeconomics AP Microeconomics
9th -12th Grade AVID AP Computer Science
AP English Lit. & Comp
9th-12th Grade AVID
53 students are taking 1 class
35 students are taking 2 classes
22 students are taking 3 classes
8 students are taking 4 classes
2 students are taking 5 classes
Bridgeport High School students are able to earn college credit through Wenatchee Valley College in various vocational courses.
Vocational college credit is awarded through WVC if a student earns a “B” grade or higher in the following courses:
Accounting I & II
Intro to Agriculture
Small Engines & Automotives
*These credits are in addition to the college and AP courses already listed.
Data reflects student decisions for fall after high school graduation.
63% are attending either a technical school, community college or four-year university (most students at community colleges are transferring to four-year universities)
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All participating partners share with Bridgeport students that to be successful in life, 21st century students must engage in a higher educational rigor to compete in the global job market.
Guidance Counselor and Advisory Teacherswork directly with students in the areas of:
-high school graduation requirements
-college & university admissions requirements
-reading and math strategies in Advisory period
-creating a 5-year plan (9th grade through post graduation)
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Bridgeport High School College-in-the-High-School and Advanced Placement Alumni:
-speak with students about their experiences as college-in-the-high-school and Advanced Placement students at Bridgeport High School and discuss how these experiences are now benefiting them at the college and university levels
-talk with students about their college experiences and the importance of grades and studying while still in high school
-participate in parent orientation and family nights by discussing how their high school experience prepared them for higher education and the benefits they have experienced because of their participation in the college-in-the-high-school and Advanced Placement programs
Open-Enrollment is encouraged “to anyone who is willing to take on the challenge and has even a slight chance of being successful. The only thing a student has to do to qualify for Advanced Placement English, for example, is to sign up.”
Westerberg, Tim. (2007). Creating the High Schools of Our Choice. Larchmont N.Y.: Eye on
Bridgeport ensures that all students interested in taking Advanced Placement courses have every opportunity to enroll in the courses of their choice.
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Family Information Night –explains benefits of taking college-in-the-high-school and Advanced Placement courses
College Fairs – on and off campus
College Visits – students visit various college and university campuses
Class Visits –8th and 9th grade students sit-in on various college-in-the-high-school and Advanced Placement courses
AVID Students Shadow - Middle school students are paired with juniors and seniors who follow a rigorous schedule.
Presentations to Middle School – High school students with rigorous course loads give presentations to AVID middle school classes
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Alumni Visits – BHS alumni currently enrolled in college speak to groups of students about the benefits of being enrolled in college-in-the-high-school and Advanced Placement courses
College Fridays – Staff and students wear college attire on Fridays to promote higher education.
Imagine U @ WSU – Bridgeport High School becomes Washington State University for a day (professors, presentations, activities, school spirit)
Wenatchee Valley College as a partner in learning to:
The College Board as a partner in learning to:
Professionalsin various fields will:
-Ranked 7th in nation as a Top 25 Changemaker High Schools
-Top 5% in State for continued improvement in Reading & Math over 5 years
-Ranked 9th in nation as a Top 25 Transforming High Schools