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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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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

Dr. Jim Richardson, President Wenatchee Valley College

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Bridgeport, Washington

Photo by Al Dezutter

wenatchee valley college
Wenatchee Valley College
  • 7,474 students served - 10,000 square miles
  • Family and Finances:
  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 71.9%
  • Students who work: 48%
  • Students with children: 30%

Gender:

Female 57% Male 43%

Attendance:

Full-time 65% Part-time 35%

Ethnicity:

Students of Color: 47%

Native America: 5.5%

Hispanic: 38.5%

Other/Multiracial: 3%

wenatchee valley college1
Wenatchee Valley College

THE MONEY!

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.)

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THE WHITE HOUSE

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)

bridgeport s long term plan
Slide 1 of 2Bridgeport’s Long-term Plan

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

-student-to-student mentoring

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Barriers

Slide 1 of 2

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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Barriers

Slide 2 of 2

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.

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Overcoming Poverty

“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.

problem
Problem
  • Assessment Scores
  • Graduation Rate
  • Limited Access

to Rigor

goals
Goals

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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Closing the Achievement Gap

Slide 1 of 2

The following spells out specific interventions that Bridgeport School District uses to address barriers and achievement gaps:

  • ALL 9th, 10th & 11th graders take PSAT
  • Increase opportunities for rigorous course work
  • District pays for:

-all educational materials

-AP exam fees

-Compass testing

-college tuition

-all assessments

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Closing the Achievement Gap

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Additional specific interventions that Bridgeport School District uses to address barriers and achievement gaps:

  • professional development for college-in-the-high-school and Advanced Placement teachers
  • computer lab for student use available before and after school and at lunch
  • open enrollment policy for all Advanced Placement courses
  • after-school state assessment test preparation courses
  • summer school
  • AVID courses for 7th – 12th graders
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Goal #1 – Increase Rigorous Course Opportunities
  • Goal #2 - Provide ongoing support to ensure student success
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Goal #3 - Continue to cultivate an academic and college-going culture
  • Increased Graduation Rates
  • Improved State

Assessment

Scores

  • Applied & Accepted

to College

***Data reflects Bridgeport High School scores.

next steps
Next Steps
  • Offer an Associates of Arts Degree through Wenatchee Valley College on the campus of Bridgeport High School
  • Continued expansion of AP and College-in-the-High School courses – math & science
  • Increase staff collaboration time to review student achievement data
  • Explore ways to increase male participation in AP and college classes
  • Increase the accessibility to college and career advising
  • Include parents in more college fairs, college visits, and outreach activities
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Family Involvement

Student-led Parent Conferences

  • Students present citizenship goals, academic goals, educational goals, and career goals using the Navigation 101 model.
  • Students present an electronic portfolio which outlines and discusses these goals.

Back-to-School Open Houses & Orientations

-Parents learn about programs and upcoming events at these functions.

Grade Reports

Report cards are mailed home to parents every three weeks showing student progress.

Parent Action Committee (PAC) and Migrant Meetings

Family Leadership Institute

college course offerings
College Course Offerings

Bridgeport’s College-in-the-High-School Program in cooperation with Wenatchee Valley College:

2008-20092010-20112012-20132014-2015

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

ap course offerings
AP Course Offerings

Bridgeport’s Advanced Placement & AVID Program:

2008-20092011-20122013-20142014-2015

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

bridgeport students taking ap and college in the high school classes
Bridgeport Students Taking AP and College-in-the-High-School Classes
  • 2013-2014 Bridgeport High School had222students enrolled 9th-12th grades
  • 120 individual students are taking college and/or Advanced Placement classes (54.0%):

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

vocational credits available through wenatchee valley college
Vocational Credits Available through Wenatchee Valley College

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

Digitools

Micro-Computers

Intro to Agriculture

Horticulture

Welding/ Metals

Small Engines & Automotives

*These credits are in addition to the college and AP courses already listed.

overall class spread
Overall Class Spread

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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Encouraging Participation

Slide 1 of 2

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

-student-led conferences

-reading and math strategies in Advisory period

-creating a 5-year plan (9th grade through post graduation)

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Encouraging Participation

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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

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Open Enrollment

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

Education.

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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Recruitment Activities

Slide 1 of 2

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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Recruitment Activities

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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)

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Partners in Success

Wenatchee Valley College as a partner in learning to:

  • work in conjunction with Bridgeport High School to award credit for actual college courses offered on site.
  • conduct Compass assessments for admission into college-in-the-high-school courses
  • coordinate college visitation experiences
  • maintain articulation agreements between BHS and WVC

The College Board as a partner in learning to:

  • training and professional development for Advanced Placement teachers
  • support through resources and online services

AVID

  • staff development training across the curriculum
  • program monitoring for growth and success of program

Professionalsin various fields will:

  • guest speakers
  • job shadows
  • work study opportunities
bridgeport high school awards recognition
Bridgeport High School Awards & Recognition
  • 2013-14 Newsweek “America’s Best High Schools”

-Ranked 7th in nation as a Top 25 Changemaker High Schools

  • 2013-14 High Implementing Career Guidance Award of Excellence

-Washington State

  • 2013 School of Distinction Award

-Top 5% in State for continued improvement in Reading & Math over 5 years

  • 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 & 2009 Washington State Achievement Award
  • 2012-13 Newsweek “America’s Best High Schools”

-Ranked 9th in nation as a Top 25 Transforming High Schools

  • 2011-12 Reward School for Washington State – high progress school in Top 10% of Title I schools
  • 2011-12 U.S. News & World Report “Best High Schools” Gold Medal Award - Ranked 8th in State of Washington, 233rd in nation, Top 1% in nation
  • 2011 President Obama’s Race to the Top Commencement Challenge Top 3 Finalist
contact information
Contact Information

Tamra Jackson, HS Principal/College Instructor– [email protected]

Dr. Jim Richardson, President Wenatchee Valley College

[email protected]

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