Submitted by sarah.croft on Thu, 11/02/2017 - 17:37
Describe campus/program, goals, and theory of change

The goal of Cedar Hill Collegiate HS is to: graduate 100% of their student earning a High School Diploma and an Associate of Arts or Science Degree; transform a Grade 9 student into a college ready and college bound student who is prepared to succeed at a four-year college or university, a chosen career path, or to enter military service.

Describe Blueprint Benchmark strengths

BM 5 Academic Rigor and Readiness:  provides a on campus TSIA testing site; comprehensive Bridge to G9; prepares and assesses for a baseline summer score at a 90% success rate for RW; 99% success rate by end of G9; 50% success rate in Math by end of G10; 95% success rate by end of G11; and 100% by start of G12; provides extensive teacher training in Pre-AP and AP level instruction; student is required to enroll in Pre-AP, AP, and/or Dual Credit classes in core and elective content areas.

BM 6:  School Design; provides a stand-alone campus setting; junior and senior college immersion at Cedar Valley College; dedicated core teachers; no typical distractions found at a comprehensive campus; Pre-AP, AP and DC classes; Parent Outreach; Parent University; targeted professional development; and Professional Learning Communities by Department and Grade Level.

Describe certifications
None are offered.

Due to lack of information provided at the site visit and difficulty with the template the information below will be entered as it comes available or possible.
Describe degrees
Associate of Arts Multidisciplinary Studies
Associate of Science
What areas of interest do you have for Technical Assistance (up to 3 areas, rank in order of importance)?

Expanding the Bridge concept to all grade levels;

Using Reading to Learn strategies so that G11-12 students are full prepared to reading and learning from college level texts independently as expected by college instructors;

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

A  progress monitoring system that college instructors would embrace and utilize to communicate with the CHCHS administration and staff.

A data sharing system between the college and school with full compatibility for sharing and interacting of data.

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

Challenges have been: providing academic support for the split campus Grade 11-12 students who are at the college the majority of their time; textbook usage and instructional styles the college instructors; and providing the appropriate age-level social-emotional support at the college.

Solutions have been to: fund another FTE to provided that sort of academic support will develop and monitor IEPs for students and facilitate a tutoring and personal support at the campus.  CHCHS does have three instructional FTEs; one AP; and a part-time counselor housed at the college campus.

School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School uses Innovative Instructional Strategies (i.e. PBL, CIF, PLTW, Rounds, New Tech) - describe
CHCHS is bringing back into focus the Common Instructional Framework that has gradually over time become less of an emphasis. They are starting with Writing to Learn and will move to Collaborative Group Work and Scaffolding by the end of the year. PBL is used routinely and of Instructional Rounds by administration and teachers are still in place.
School uses technology effectively - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School uses technology effectively - describe
There are Smart Boards in every room; one computer lab; and smart pads or laptops available for check out. Teachers routinely use Google Classroom for student who miss class and college instructors use Blackboard.
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School develops and offers valuable Work-Based Experiences and Internships - describe
CHCHS offers a Capstone class at Senior year some students opting for a project, internship, or a Work-Study Career Class. CHCHS does not offer any certification programs and there are no business/industry agreements that would be associated with that type of course pathway.
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School promotes an effective Advisory Board Make Up and Work - describe
There is no advisory board except the P-16 Initiatives Early College Advisory Committee. The CHCHS ECAC is an effective and fully functioning entity as required and described in BM 3.
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Student Support and Academic Counseling - describe
CHCHS has one full time counselor on campus and provides a part-time counselor housed at the college. Students follow a fully aligned and blended HS/Associate Degree four-year plan that is developed upon enrollment at Grade 9. The Administrative/Counseling Team addresses all academic, social, and emotional counseling as needed for each student. There is also a full time Academic Dean and Vice-Principal supporting students at the campus. The Vice-Principal spends part of her day at the college campus as needed. There is a need to have a Social Worker on campus but as of now, those services are provided by the District when assistance is requested.
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School employs effective Teacher and Staff Development Plan - describe
CHCHS creates a targeted professional development plan with full autonomy through their PLCs by Department and Grade Level. These groups meet Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school day for collaborative planning and vertical planning once a week for ELAR and Math exclusively.
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 college courses are taught at the campus and at the college on a Tuesday-Thursday cycle. AP History is taught at Grade 9 in sequence from Grade 8. Pre-AP Biology and Algebra 1 are taught at Grade 9 and Pre-AP English 2 at Grade 10. Various other AP courses are offered to assist students with college credit accrual. There is no IB program on the campus.
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - please evaluate
Agree
School effectively implements DC/AP/IB - please evaluate and describe success/challenges with implementation - describe
CHCHS excels at moving student to TSI met and college eligible but that does always equate to “college ready” students. There is always a social and emotional component that must be addressed due to age, demanding course loads, and high expectations for students and adults to deal with. Using the Administrative/Counseling Team is response to students needs as well as having the AVID program for every student at every grade level assist all in coping with the demands.
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers effective Bridge Program(s) - describe
The Bridge to Grade 9 is held for 10 days in June immediately after the school year ends. Component sessions include TSI/ELAR/Math/Science/ Computer Skills preparation with the TSIA given at the college on the last day of Bridge.
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers valuable Internship Opportunities - describe
CHCHS offers a Capstone class at Senior year some students opting for a project, internship, or a Work-Study Career Class. CHCHS does not offer any certification programs and there are no business/industry agreements that would be associated with that type of course pathway.
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - please evaluate and describe
Agree
School offers effective Student Capstone Projects - describe
CHCHS offers a Capstone class at Senior year some students opting for a project, internship, or a Work-Study Career Class. CHCHS does not offer any certification programs and there are no business/industry agreements that would be associated with that type of course pathway.
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - please evaluate and describe
Neutral
School offers effective Mentoring Program(s) - describe
Every student takes the MAPS course (Methods of Academic and Personal Success) for a full year at Grade 9 along with AVID programs comprises the mentoring program. Student Grades 9-10 and Grades 11-12 mentoring pairings are under consideration in the future.
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
CHCHS offers several clubs and organizations such as: National Honor Society; Robotics; Yearbook; Glee Club; Pan America-Ambassadors Program; Debate; Business Professionals of America; and full access to all IHE college student clubs, organizations, and activities at Cedar Valley College.
Describe IHE Partners and level of support including use of facilities

CHCHS has full access to Cedar Valley College facilities.  Data information sharing continues to be a struggle.  There was an Early College Office during the first years with Dr. McCarter involved.  After his retirement the set of support separated into a College Readiness Office and a Dual Credit Office.  It has now returned to one office serving both programs generally bit with no separation distinctions and people are not familiar with ECHS only Dual Credit.  IHE Liaison Olivia Guerra is still the IHE contact and is responsive individually.  CVC is building an ECHS Office to open in January of 2018 where all partners will be centralized in an area to facilitate assistance with a receptionist.  Their capacity to serve so many additional ISD partners may be affecting their capacity to serve all partnerships.

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

CHCHS employs a tightly managed and successful Associate of Arts Multidisciplinary Studies and Associate of Science plan of studies that matches the high school diploma plan.

Describe established workforce/industry partnerships and level of support

CHCHS does not offer any certification programs and there are no business/industry agreements that would be associated with that type of course pathway.

Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Target Population' (ECHS)
6
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Partnership Agreement' (ECHS)
6
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Leadership Initiatives' (ECHS)
6
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Curriculum and Support' (ECHS)
7
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'Academic Rigor and Readiness' (ECHS)
8
Provide a preliminary rating for Blueprint benchmark 'School Design' (ECHS)
7
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