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College and Career Readiness Practices

 

Selected excerpts from National Blue Ribbon School applications

john hancock students This audio profile shares how at John Hancock College Preparatory High School, educators engage students in rigorous academics and provide strong social-emotional support with the aim of helping them prepare for life after high school. This includes offering two Career and Technical Education options: pre-law, and pre-engineering. The programs give students a taste of what… Continue Reading Audio: John Hancock College Preparatory High School

central_magnet_school Central Magnet School, (Murfreesboro, TN). For the past eight years, as part of graduation requirements, Central Magnet School requires student to complete a Senior Thesis. The Senior Thesis is an interdisciplinary project where seniors synthesize what they have learned, demonstrate college level scholarship, and develop and complete an original process or product that contributes to… Continue Reading Three Approaches to Senior Theses

Clayton HS Clayton High School, (Clayton MO). The Conferenced Writing Program (CWP) at Clayton High School is a hallmark of the school’s college preparatory education. The CWP takes an individualized approach to writing that helps teachers maintain high writing standards based on the Missouri Learning Standards. Each year, all students write ten compositions and meet individually with… Continue Reading Conferenced Writing Program

prairie_creek_elementary_school Prairie Creek Elementary School, (Olathe, KS). In 2019, the Kansas Department of Education designated Prairie Creek Elementary School (PCES) as a Gemini School as part of a Kansas Can School Redesign Project. A school had to redesign around the five outcomes established by the Kansas State Board of Education, the five elements identified as defining… Continue Reading Elementary Career STEAM
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Hancock Public School Hancock Public School, (Hancock, MN). Hancock Public School is a K-12 Title I school in a small rural district located in west central Minnesota. Administration includes one principal, a part-time superintendent, and a part-time activities director. While all the small schools around the district have consolidated with other districts, the community takes great pride in… Continue Reading College and Career Readiness in a Small Rural School

Dayton Regional STEM School Dayton Regional STEM School, (Kettering, OH). Dayton Regional STEM School offers students two years of Chinese as their foreign language in 9th and 10th grades, with an option for college credit. After two years, students may opt to take one or two years of Spanish or continue with Chinese. The foreign languages instructional approach encompasses… Continue Reading Students in International Multilingual Communities

Communications HS Communications High School, (Wall, NJ). Communications High School (CHS) is a choice vocational career academy. Career concentrations include: Digital Video, Visual Communications, Journalism, Communications Technology, and TV/Radio production. CHS uses a theme-based curriculum that continually engages students in projects with real-world applications. The courses provide students opportunities to utilize the skills they have learned in… Continue Reading Preparing Students for TV and Radio Broadcasting Careers

Timothy Christian HS Timothy Christian High School, (Elmhurst, IL). Timothy Christian High School offers the Innovation and Design Lab (IDL) program, a sequence of four semester courses in which students apply design thinking to problem-solving. The first-semester course, IDL 1, teaches students the basics of design thinking while applying the use of various tools (e.g., 3D printers, laser… Continue Reading Innovation and Design Lab

Lorenzo Walker Technical HS High school goes to college at Lorenzo Walker Technical High School, which shares a campus and a vision for success with its partner institution, Lorenzo Walker Technical College. Students travel from all over the county to attend Lorenzo Walker, where they take academically rigorous classes while also receiving professional training in 25 career programs. After… Continue Reading Bringing High School to College

West Shore HS West Shore Junior/Senior High School (Melbourne, FL). To meet increasing college and career readiness requirements, West Shore offers students a Diploma of Distinction. To earn this diploma, a student must complete 28 credits (beyond state requirements); 25 hours of service learning each year; demonstrate leadership experience through clubs, sports, or activities; and receive at least… Continue Reading Diplomas of Distinction

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