Award Year: 2016
Kerr High School gives students the freedom and responsibility to take control of learning and develop skills necessary for success in post-secondary education and beyond.
- Black/African American: 12%
- White: 4%
- Hispanic: 20%
- Asian: 64%
- ELL: 1%
- Economically Disadvantaged: %
Kerr High School in the Alief School District, Houston, Texas, is a Title I public school of choice with the motto: "Unique by design, Different by choice." Students attending Kerr anticipate an education that will help prepare them for college. This creates a focused college-bound culture where students enjoy having ownership of their learning experience and freedom to make choices that will lead them successfully through high school. The climate is accepting, respectful, and familial. Students exhibit a sense of responsibility to continue Kerr's tradition of excellence.
Kerr's uniqueness comes not from the programs offered, but from the non-traditional, self-directed learning environment. Instruction is driven by learning guides which allow students the freedom to move through a course at a pace appropriate for their level of understanding. Learning guides emphasize group and individual study using a variety of resources, activities, and technologies and the development of personal responsibility by meeting preset deadlines. Most subjects areas are taught in large academic centers with peers from all grade and course levels - group seminars for direct instruction; however, for the vast majority of time, students work individually or small groups coached by teachers and peers.
This unique environment prepares students for their future. Of the 87% of graduates enrolling in a post secondary institution immediately after high school , 97% enroll the following year, resulting in a college persistence rate 20% higher than the national average.