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College and Career Readiness Practices

 

Selected excerpts from National Blue Ribbon School applications

Henry Ford Early College MI Students at Henry Ford Early College have a unique opportunity to explore health care career pathways and earn significant college credits while still in high school. As one student remarks, “when I graduate here, I’ll have my associate degree, and I’ll have all of these transferrable credits… when you come here, you’re really going to Read More

Delta Woods Middle School students collaborate in the outdoor garden. Delta Woods Middle School, (Lee’s Summit, MO). Delta Woods Middle School’s mission is to ensure that students leave 8th grade with the knowledge, skills, and habits needed to succeed in college-preparatory high school courses, post-secondary education, and pathways to careers. Students, under the guidance of the school counselors, use Missouri Connections, a comprehensive, online, career Read More

GECA students pose for a selfie during break Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy, (Gilroy, CA). The Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy (GECA), a school of choice, is located on the Gavilan College campus. In partnership with Gavilan, all students must complete 40 units of transferable college coursework in four years, while simultaneously fulfilling high school graduation requirements. Students fulfill Read More

Daily class change at Dublin Jerome. Dublin Jerome High School, (Dublin OH). College and career readiness is an acquisition trait for Dublin Jerome High School students. During their freshman year, students have the opportunity to complete YouScience, a career discovery tool. That data is then utilized by our school counselors to facilitate discussion about proper course planning and future education. For Read More

A Prosser graduate looks to the future with joy Prosser Career Academy High School, (Chicago, IL). Prosser Career Academy High School offers a range of opportunities to prepare students for college and career readiness. As a career academy, Prosser draws students from all over the city of Chicago with approximately 300 freshmen students coming from over 100 feeder schools. All Prosser students select a Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More