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College and Career Readiness Practices

 

Selected excerpts from National Blue Ribbon School applications

Haldane High School Haldane High School (Cold Spring, NY). Haldane offers seniors the option for structured internships with local organizations and businesses. Meeting criteria set by the administration, these internships enable students to gain hands-on experience in the professional world and instills a strong work ethic and responsibility. A related program for freshmen is Pathways to Success, a weekly… Continue Reading Structured Internships

New Mexico School for The Arts New Mexico School for The Arts (Santa Fe, NM). NMSA’s dual-credit agreements enable students to take courses for free at Santa Fe Community College and other four-year colleges in the state. Mastery arts training at NMSA are not “arts enrichment” programs, but full pre-professional, skill-building arts curricula. It is the only public, arts-focused high school in… Continue Reading Arts Mastery

Hereford High School Hereford High School (Parkton, MD). The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program identifies and supports students in the “academic middle” as they enroll in AP classes and seek admission to competitive, four-year colleges and universities. AVID students receive mentoring from AVID upperclassmen, college tutors, and their guidance counselor. Trained AP instructors advance students’ skills in using… Continue Reading Science and Agriscience

The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology GSMST The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology [GSMST] (Lawrenceville, GA). GSMST’s signature educational practice is our required 4-year internship experience. In the ninth grade, students attend quarterly Speaker Series events where they participate in the most rigorous and informative career day possible. We bring 20-30 working professionals each nine weeks from our partner organizations to… Continue Reading 4-Year Internships

School of Health Professions School of Health Professions (Dallas, TX). The campus has positioned itself to create a college going culture by offering only Pre-AP and AP options in the majority of its core courses and enrolling students who meet entry requirements into dual credit courses. Implementing these practices helps the campus maintain a rigorous curriculum and its status as… Continue Reading Majority Pre-AP and AP Coursework

Crofton Junior-Senior High School Crofton Junior-Senior High School (Crofton, NE). Technology and business classes at CHS share staff. Technology classes include Introduction to Digital Design, Digital Media I & II, and Advanced Software Applications. These semester-long classes meet daily for 90 minutes. When students have a particular interest in computer programming, efforts are made to provide independent study opportunities. Business… Continue Reading Technology and Business Courses Share Staff

Brownsville Early College High School Brownsville Early College High School (Brownsville, TX). Ninth grade students are enrolled in one semester each of Computer Programming and Money Matters. The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Computer Programming class uses computer technology to examine the changing adaptations of business processes to new technologies and business models and provides knowledge of structured programming techniques and… Continue Reading Computer Programming, Finance for All

Young Women's Leadership Academy Young Women’s Leadership Academy (Fort Worth TX). All YWLA content areas incorporate college and career readiness standards and support our college-bound mission to expose, educate and equip every student for success in college, career and life. Students learn about college and careers through college visits, enrichment programs, presentations, college and career readiness lessons, and special programming.… Continue Reading Full-Time College-Bound Advisor

Tunstall High School Tunstall High School (Dry Fork, VA). Career and Technical Education programs offer opportunities for students to earn a State Board of Education-approved industry certification and/or a professional license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Passing an industry-approved examination verifies that students have the knowledge and skills to compete for higher education and career opportunities after high… Continue Reading Industry-Certification in High School

Borden County School Borden County School (Gail, TX). In their junior year, students may take dual credit classes in conjunction with a local junior college, at no cost, in English, History, Government, Economics, Psychology, and Math; most students graduate high school with 30 college credits. Students not interested in college can select a curriculum pathway to become career-ready… Continue Reading Deep Grounding in Agriculture or Business Careers

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