School Vision

Student pathways and opportunities
  • Articulated 9th graders will receive social and emotional support in the Youth Development and Advisory program. They will receive academic support with the Personalized Educational Program that offers timely interventions and enrichments. The smaller school and class size will benefit the new 9th grade students as they have more one-on-one interaction with teachers, mentors, and faculty advisors.
  • Repeating 9th graders will have opportunities to not only earn credits (11 +) in a 4-cycle sequence in their first year at MHA but also participate in intensive credit recovery, so that by June 2011 they will have earned the 22 + credits required to be a true junior. These students will then be on track to graduate with their cohort in 2013. The list notice students will be kept on track thru timely interventions and youth development activities to become sophomores by June 2011, earning 11 + credits.
  • The activities of junior and senior years will be the same for both cohorts, as each cohort becomes a junior then a senior. The first graduating class should happen at the end of 3 years for Cohort 2013 (repeating 9th graders) and the second graduation for Cohort 2014 (list notice 9th graders entering in Sept. 2010).
Academic learning experiences
  • High expectations are reflected in challenging curriculum aligned to state standards, graduation requirements, students’ learning, personal, and career goals.
  • Tutoring, Extended Day Programs
  • Teaching metacognitive skills to students to take control of their own learning
  • Credit recovery opportunities with online programs
  • Quarterly cycles for accelerated credit accumulation and increased academic opportunities/small class size
  • Blended learning with integrated technology, virtual and face-to-face classroom instruction
  • Off-site learning at cultural institutions, neighborhood health clubs
  • Differentiated instruction, collaborative learning, and multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning
  • 21st Century and professional skills across-the-curriculum: Information and communication skills; thinking and problem solving; interpersonal and self-directional skills
  • AP courses with direct college affiliation online, offsite or onsite; dual/concurrent credit; e-portfolios, and evolving post-secondary plan
Structures that support youth development
  • Safe, respectful, and personalized learning environment
  • Student learning progress and needs are reflected in a unique Personalized Educational Program with timely diagnosis of students’ educational needs and strengths with appropriate interventions and enrichments.
  • Advisory which will address personal, emotional, behavioral, and academic growth, as well as targeted guidance services.
  • Every student will have a Faculty Advisor to mentor them throughout their high school career.
  • Students will participate in extracurricular activities to engage and educate them to achieve personally and academically.
Real world learning experiences
  • Career exploration and community service to support the needs of the surrounding community and the individual student’s goals and aspirations
  • Extended learning opportunities including job shadowing and internships
Teacher support
  • Teacher collaboration and common planning time
  • Professional development based on teacher and student needs and interests
  • Shared decision making process including student, family, teacher and community voice
Partnerships with educational support organizations
  • Focus on increasing student learning and engagement, supporting and improving class room instruction, providing teachers with intensive training and coaching, and increasing leadership capacity.
Family support
  • Family workshops and programs (for example, Financial Literacy, Understanding Your Child’s Transcript, College and Career Exploration)
  • Information about Student Progress is transparent to parents (for example, daily communication with parents via phone, e-mail, letters, home visits; Parent – Student Handbook with translations, etc.)
  • Opportunities for parent collaboration: volunteering, trip chaperoning, career days, college fairs and fundraising, etc.
  • Shared decision making process including student, family, teacher and community voice

Community involvement
  • Community outreach and involvement, as well as creative partnerships and support systems (for example, Museum of Arts and Design) are crucial in creating lifelong learners with a positive sense of their worth and a belief in their ability to succeed.