Award Year: 2018
Prepare our students to become contributing, responsible citizens and lifelong learners with the ability to adapt and to succeed in a competitive world.
- Black/African American: 3%
- White: 88%
- Hispanic: 4%
- Asian: 1%
- Two or more races: 4%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 39%
When examining the success of the Bloomsburg Area High School over an extended period, there is no one schoolwide instructional strategy or data analysis practice that has led to it. There is, however, a faculty, staff, and administration who all seek to create an environment where students can feel successful and connected to something larger than themselves.
Our consistency of academic achievement is largely due to the knowledge and experience of our faculty. Many of our teachers have worked at the Bloomsburg High School for their entire careers. Additionally, our department chairpersons have over 186 years of combined experience, with an average of 23 years each. Having seasoned veterans in positions as teacher leaders helps build capacity throughout the school.
Providing all teachers with support from building and district administration is also essential. Our leadership strategy is neither novel nor new. It requires supporting teachers in a way that allows them to focus on student learning. Rather than moving from program to program or initiative to initiative, our district has relied on the expertise of our teachers to meet growing expectations while remaining true to the curricular goals of producing students who can read critically, write effectively, and understand math fluently and conceptually. This combination of success and connection is vital to providing a supportive and flexible environment in which our students can truly bloom.