Submitted by michelle.wisdom on Sat, 10/14/2017 - 15:40
Describe campus/program, goals, and theory of change

The goal or Theory of change for the Academies at University High School is to bring it back to the great level of AJ Moore Academy had in the past.  Academy has gone through a tough time and is on the road back to greatness.  Strong marketing program for STEM and development of the academies.

Describe Blueprint Benchmark strengths

BM 1-STEM Business Advisory Board is very strong--having about 10-15 years of working with the school in business partnerships.

BM 8-Strong Higher Education partnerships with Baylor, MCC, and TSTC.

BM 1-Finally strong,committed leadership team that is supportive of STEM.

BM 1-The Academy Model is a strength-  it is a great way for students to become career and college ready when leaving the high school.

 

Describe certifications
CNA, Advanced CNA, Precision Metal Manufacturing, Welding, Microsoft, Income tax preparation, etc.
Describe degrees
Associate of Arts degree from MCC
TSTC AS degree and numerous certifications
What areas of interest do you have for Technical Assistance (up to 3 areas, rank in order of importance)?

PBL Training is the major thing that the school needs. There are many new teachers in the program and none have had PBL training.

The other area of interest for the school is for the leadership team to visit other academies to get new ideas for STEM and to host visitors to see what our academies are doing.

 

What tools or resources would be valuable to your campus to support your implementation of the blueprint?

PBL Training is need for the new teachers.

Technology-  training and adding new technology into the school.

Help with grant writing for additional funding.  

What have been your challenges and how have you addressed them?

Lack of understanding of STEM by the previous district officials and how it is infused into all areas of how we educate students  Previous administration was not supportive of STEM and almost killed the program.  Leadership team is actively working to infuse STEM in everything we are doing.  We are creating brochures, videos, signs, etc. that promote STEM in all academy pathways.  Showcasing how STEM is in each pathway with examples of the implementation throughout the school.

School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - describe
PBL-inplemented in all CTE academy areas, but need help with core areas with the implementation and training.
CIP relationships are strong and growing in the school
School uses technology effectively - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School uses technology effectively - describe
All teachers have computers and carts of computers to use in the classroom but need more.

All teachers have had google training and technology is used in the classroom.
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - describe
Every academy area has paid internships for the students. AJ Moore works closely with the Waco community to develop and provide for these internships. All students have an opportunity.
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - describe
Experienced strong business and higher education connection on their STEM Business Advisory Board. Meeting will be held on Nov. 2 in which each academy will showcase what they do. Very committed business involvement in the school.
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - describe
Strong counseling as well as very strong AVID/Leadership program has been implemented on campus.
Counselors and Administrators work in cohorts where they will stay with the same group, 9,10,11,and 12th grade where they get to know the students.
Communities in School program active on campus
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - describe
AVID training,
Technology- google classroom training and implementation is ongoing.
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School employs effective Dual Credit/AP/IB Policies and Procedures - describe
Dual credit through MCC and TSTC. Students can become core complete or receive an AA degree as well as receive certifications.
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - please evaluate
Strongly Agree
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - describe
Scheduling is the only major issue that they have encountered. Students can take the dual credit at no cost.
When students are involved in many different activities at the high school, it is hard to match college course or CTE schedules with the regular high school schedule.
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - describe
School had a grant in which they were able to offer Project SOAR to their students for four weeks this summer which focused on STEM areas. It was so successful, that other schools such as Midway HS and Waco High would like to send student next year.
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - describe
All academies offer paid internships in the community..Paid internships through Prosper Waco.
Internships and certifications in: Construction Science, Robotics, electronics, Precision Metal Manufacturing, Welding, Can, EKG Tech., Advanced CNA, Physical Therapy, culinary arts,accounting/bookkeeping, banking, income tax preparation.
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - describe
Capstone projects are done in every academy area.
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - describe
Community in Schools program and the AVID program brings in mentors from college students at Baylor University. Also through the Advisory Board who make connections with businesses for mentoring and internships.
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers engaging and effective Academic Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities - describe
All Comprehensive High School clubs and athletics/UIL are offered at University. Plus. Girls in Engineering Club, Ambassador Club, Health science club, etc.
Describe IHE Partners and level of support including use of facilities

Baylor University- Education department, Engineering department, Law School, TAME (Texas Association of Minority Engineers), facilities, etc.

MCC- Dual Credit and students to mentor high school students

TSTC- facilities and dual credit

School provides purposeful and effective Program Pathways (with key courses) - please evaluate and describe
Strongly Agree
School provides purposeful and effective Program Pathways (with key courses) - describe

Each Academy has a pathway for students: business, engineering, architecture, information technology, Greater Waco Advance Manufacturing Academy (robotics, Engineering, Precision Metal, Welding, Construction science) or GWAHCA Greater Waco Advanced Health Career Academy (all health science areas including EMT, CNA, Advanced CNA) Law enforcement Academy, Forensic Science, etc.

Describe established workforce/industry partnerships and level of support

Numerous business partnerships: Baylor Scott and White, Accounting firms, engineering firms, law department at Baylor University, Sheriff's dept, etc.

Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Mission-Driven Leadership' (TSTEM)
5
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'STEM Culture' (TSTEM)
4
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Student Support' (TSTEM)
5
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Teacher Development and Support' (TSTEM)
4
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment' (T-STEM)
5
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Strategic Alliances' (TSTEM)
8
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Growth and Sustainability' (TSTEM)
7
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Rating

Program 16-17 SAT Average (#)
1247
Program 16-17 ACT Average (#)
18
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI math (#)
3234
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI math (#)
110
Program 16-17 Students taking TSI reading (#)
3234
Program 16-17 Students passing TSI reading (#)
489