Minarets High School andMinarets Charter High SchoolPaving the way for the 21st century
History of Minarets✤ Minarets is the ﬁrst and only High School in Chawanakee Uniﬁed School District. Before the school was built, students in district would travel 45 minutes to Sierra High school or 30 minutes to Yosemite High school. For more than 20 years there was a push from the community to build a high school of their own. In 2008, that dream was realized with the creation of Minarets High School.✤ The permanent campus was built and began housing students in the Fall of 2009.✤ In 2011, Minarets Charter High School was created in order to facilitate the growing number of inter-district transfers.
School Profile✤ Minarets High School is a comprehensive public high school that is project-based, tech- centered (one-to-one laptop program), student-oriented and career-focused. Minarets High School is an extension of the commitment of the current Chawanakee Unified School District policies that emphasize innovation and creativity along with rigorous academics.✤ From its inception, Minarets High School was to be unique—a school based on individual learning and truly being student-centered in all aspects. The rural school’s curriculum is technology and project-based. Class time is spent according to student needs and is shaped by student opinions, thinking, sharing, collaborating and researching. All students will be successful and will know the adults care about them. Learning is challenging and represents real, professional work. Students work toward higher order thinking skills as they ask questions, defend their answers, and apply their understandings.
School Mission✤ Mission: Minarets High School is a new type of school for a new type of student, where 21st century digital learners are individually welcomed. These students are challenged through a project-based, high-tech, career-focused and student-oriented educational environment.✤ Vision: While incorporating the guiding principles of Rigor, Relevance, Relationships and Engagement, Minarets High School will continually work towards being a model 21st century high school. Minarets will integrate technology, digital learning models, student-centered learning and young professionalism.
Culture•We work hard to stress thatour school is not just abouttechnology. It is aboutrelevance, rigor, andrelationships.•We believe in giving studentsthe opportunity to create,learn, and make an impacton their community.•We spend the ﬁrst week ofschool just on culture.
Parent QuotesFrom Surveys✤ Outstanding education begins with outstanding educators. I consider the Minarets administration and staff to be exceptional. These individuals consistently communicate respect to adolescent students. The result is "school engagement," an academic variable describing adolescent ownership of the educational process and culture. Kids with "school engagement" show resilience against substance abuse, status offenses, risky sexual behavior, delinquent behavior, and peer aggression. Better, they thrive and become productive members of the academic community, realizing unique gifts and gaining self-esteem. This single variable captures more statistical variance than any other in research on positive youth development. Minarets is a national case study on how to promote school engagement.✤ Teacher engagement with the students is the best I have seen anywhere in the world. I have six children and my youngest is attending Minarets. My other children have attended highly rated schools in Washington, DC, American Schools in Argentina, Spain, and Japan, and several other regions in the U.S. So far, I also like the balance placed on the "testable basics" and additional breadth and depth of subjects that will provide a rich foundation for my childs future.
Student QuotesFrom Surveys✤ "Minarets is a school were the students are actually listened to and there thoughts are heard." - 10th Grader Kristle Wilson✤ "Looking towards the future is what most people aim for; Minarets has made us look into ourselves. That is where OUR futures lie." – 10th Grader James Gonzalez✤ “Minarets is preparing us for the world ahead and providing us that world today.” – 11th Grader Chelsea Green
Recent Awards Finalists for the National Championship in Parliamentary Procedure in FFA
Demographics✤ General School Breakdown✤ Enrollment: 490✤ Free and Reduced Lunch: 39%✤ Socioeconomic Disadvantaged: 39%✤ Students with Disabilities: 13.3%✤ English Learners: 0%✤ 48% Female; 52% Male
Ethnicity Breakdown✤ American Indian 9.6%✤ Asian 1.4%✤ Hispanic/Latino 16.5%✤ African American 1%✤ White 71.1%%
Language Arts AYP 2009-2011 There were no hispanic or American Indian students tested in 2009-2010
Math AYP 2009-2011 There were no Hispanic students tested in 2009-2010
2011 API Results Information found from the California Department of Education
API Ratings✤ California State Average API for 9-12 was 742.✤ The API of Minarets was 754.✤ The Average for Madera County (Six large high schools was 751.66.✤ Preliminary results show that 2012 brought signiﬁcant growth for MCHS
Tier 1- Be Proactive ✤ Students at Minarets are taught and have to review the school philosophies during culture week at the beginning of the school year. ✤ Minarets is public. Parents and students are always informed as to what is going on and how students are doing. ✤ Project based learning enables students to use creativity and their talents to succeed. This counteracts the frustration of students manifesting itself in the classroom. ✤ One on one time is maximized because teachers are often free to help students instead of lecturing for the majority of the period.
Tier 2- A Team Succeeds✤ Yellow Group- You are limiting yourself.✤ SST/504✤ Peer Mentoring✤ Teacher communication/ planning✤ Call home✤ Academic Rehab
Tier 3- Lets Do This!✤ IEP- Time with specialized staff. Plans personalized and presented by students to staff and parents.✤ Intense individual focus with student.✤ Regular meetings with the Director of the Charter, Principal and counselor to check progress.✤ Work/Behavior Contract✤ Red Group