Nurtured and educated students who are career, college, and civic ready
The 2015-16 school year marks the beginning of a transformation in educational experiences for the students, teachers, and communities served by West Gadsden High School. Building on successes and lessons learned from previous years, the Panther family will embark upon a path that will result in ALL students graduating who are career, college, and civic ready.
Students who graduate from West Gadsden High School are considered career and college ready when they have received “[t]he level of preparation a student needs in order to enroll and succeed—without remediation—in a credit-bearing course at a postsecondary institution that offers a baccalaureate degree or transfer to a baccalaureate degree program, or in a high-quality certification program that enables students to enter a career pathway with potential future advancement” (Conley, 2010).
In tandem with career and college readiness, civic readiness is “being bound by a common belief that our democratic republic will not sustain unless students are aware of their changing cultural and physical environments; know the past; read, write, and think deeply; and act in ways that promote the common good.” (Wager, 2015).
The entire team at West Gadsden High School will leverage decades of research to develop an environment conducive to sustainable school improvement. The University of Chicago's 5 Essentials of School Improvement provide a roadmap for the development and implementation of strategies that support our vision of students who are career, college, and civic ready. Specific activities related to the 5 Essentials of School Improvement are listed below.
5 Essentials of School Improvement