Alliance™ High School
Many students enter high school unprepared academically
to perform at grade level. Statistics show that two out of
three students either drop out of high school or graduate
without the skills they need to succeed in college or at work.*
These statistics can be more staggering in our nation’s Making the change to a culture
poorest or lowest-performing communities. of achievement and engagement
EdisonLearning developed Alliance High School to A culture with high expectations where all students
help change these statistics. The model is a proven believe they can succeed is a vital component of all great
solution designed to increase achievement in all high schools. In high school, a school’s culture is even more
school students, specifically targeting the needs of low- critical to how students interact, learn and ultimately
performing schools. succeed. Do students feel safe? Do they feel connected to
With Alliance High School, EdisonLearning partners with their own learning? Do they feel there are opportunities
schools, giving them the tools, resources and support for advanced coursework? Do they believe that if they
to create a high school environment of respect; where want to attend college they can?
students are engaged in their own learning, there is The Alliance High School model addresses these questions,
order and safety, academic expectations exist with a establishing a culture that builds strong teacher and
curriculum to support it and college is believed to be an student relationships, engages students in their own
achievable goal for any student who wants it. learning and gives them both the encouragement and
With Alliance High School, EdisonLearning works with resources to believe they can succeed. EdisonLearning
you to achieve these ultimate goals: increased student has developed programs specifically for high schools
achievement, improved graduation rates and students that helps create this culture.
prepared to meet the challenges of college and the 21st The Alliance Achievement team works with you to create
century workplace. your school’s Learning Environment Plan, a framework to
how your school will achieve its vision. The plan covers
A comprehensive approach a wide range of topics, including:
to turn-around in high schools
• Foundational principles for effective high school design
Alliance High School provides a comprehensive approach
to high school turn-around. Built on EdisonLearning’s Four •
Student advocacy and efficacy programs
Cornerstones of highly effective schools: Top Talent; A • Character and Ethics education
Culture of Achievement and Engagement; Demanding
Content and Customized Instruction; and Achievement- •
School and Classroom Management
Driven Management, the model utilizes the proven • Physical Learning Environment
methods, best practices and research-based tools from
EdisonLearning’s 20 years of success in increasing student •
Emergency Procedure and Safety Plan
achievement in schools across the United States. This plan serves as the basis on how your school will
operate to achieve its goals.
A dedicated on-site team, the Alliance Achievement team,
becomes your partner in planning and implementing the Another aspect of creating a culture of achievement is
Alliance High School model. The team comes with special setting up a learning structure that most engages students
expertise in high school curriculum, instruction and in their own learning. In the Alliance High School model,
leadership, helping to create the capacity at your school this is achieved through small learning communities. Small
for teachers and leaders to continually implement the learning communities provide students and teachers the
principles of Alliance High School into daily school life. means to form closer working relationships that fully
engage students in their own learning, goal-setting and an College NEXT! is a program designed to change that mind set.
achievement plan for graduation. Students learn to believe that The program is comprehensive in that it addresses all aspects of
someone values their work, is intimately involved with their college preparation, including attitudinal shifts, social changes
learning and cares about their success. and curriculum enhancements. With College NEXT!, guidance
counselors are provided with numerous resources to engage
The Alliance Achievement team assists you in setting up a small
both students and parents in the college planning process as
learning community environment in your school, using the best
early as 9 th grade, including the Academic Guidance Tool, a
practices from EdisonLearning’s years of successful school design
quarterly checklist to help school counselors monitor student’s
built on the following principles:
four year academic plan and the Master Schedule, a curriculum
• Organizing schools into houses with small teams of teachers plan, driven by student need, which includes rigor and AP course
linked to groups of students access, preparing students for college.
• Creating an environment where teachers get to know students as
individuals and be able to respond to their specific learning needs
• Building a supportive environment where teachers can collaborate The College NEXT! program focuses on
for more effective student learning the following key areas:
The design of these communities is flexible, based on the needs • Academic Guidance
and structure of your school.
• Master Scheduling
One of the most difficult parts of a culture shift, particularly in
• Learning Environment
low-performing schools, is making students believe they can
aspire to high achievement. Many students in these schools • Parent support and training on “Getting
lack the belief that they have a chance to attend college. Schools Students Into, then Through College”
don’t have the resources to support a rigorous curriculum and a
robust guidance system. Students lack the encouragement from
parents who don’t understand the college preparation process.
Providing demanding content and customized instruction
In order for students to believe they can aspire to high achievement,
they need a rigorous curriculum to support it. The Alliance
Achievement team, with its high school curriculum specialists,
will work with your school to design a curriculum that fits the
students’ needs at all academic levels.
With the College NEXT! program, a curriculum is designed to
provide access to rigorous course, including AP courses.
In addition, special programs are infused in the daily curriculum
to help all students succeed. Reading and Writing Across the
Curriculum is an online program that shows all teachers (Math,
Social Studies, etc.) how to embed literacy and writing strategies
and skills into the content they teach. Students are continually
exposed to essential literacy skills and comprehension that they
need for success on high stakes tests and college entrance exams.
Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum
uses three strategies to ensure student success:
Note-taking Strategies: Students learn to more
easily review and understand what they are reading.
Vocabulary Strategies: Through the use of
definitions, illustrations, games and activities,
vocabulary development is enhanced.
Summarization: Students learn this important
skill, critical to success in college and the work
place where people are asked to understand,
interpret, and act on information they’re given.
The Alliance Achievement team takes every step to ensure your At the high school level, assessments are designed to match the
curriculum meets the needs of all students. In preparing your method in which a state’s high school high stakes assessments
plan, gaps in the curriculum may be identified. To ensure there are designed and delivered (comprehensive vs. end-of-course).
is content and courses to meet all students need, eCourses, self- Assessments are provided up to the year that the state’s assessment
paced online courses, are offered as an optional component to is administered (9th, 10th or 11th grade).
Alliance High School. eCourses may provide a flexible option
Alliance High School is your comprehensive solution to meet the
to fill these gaps through summer school, after school or other
challenges of under-performing high schools, preparing students
intervention programs. Or if a core group is excelling above all
for the challenges of college, work and life in the 21st century.
students, eCourses can provide a way for these students to be
challenged and keep progressing in their learning.
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For more information, email us at
eCourses: call us at 1-877-I-CAN-LEARN (1-877-422-6532),
or visit www.edisonlearning.com/alliance.
are self-paced courses taken online
Working together for student success™
include a full catalog of modular, standards-
based subjects including both core academics
give students the opportunity to be exposed to
content otherwise not available at the school
prepare students for higher education where
online courses are increasingly being used
Ensuring effective leadership and teaching with top talent
Strong leaders and teachers are crucial to an effective high school
environment. As part of Alliance High School, principals take part
in professional development based on EdisonLearning’s research-
based frameworks for effective principals. The frameworks
help principals understand what highly effective principals
do, reflect on their practices and set goals and strategies for
personal development to grow their leadership skills over time.
Principals and leadership teams receive intensive coaching and
training including national conferences, local meetings and on-
site one-on-one and team sessions with Alliance Achievement
Team specialists in high school leadership.
A program for improving teacher quality – the single greatest
factor in driving student achievement gains – provides teachers
with intensive coaching and training in local and on-site training
to address specific professional development needs as identified
using EdisonLearning’s research-based teacher frameworks.
Embracing achievement-driven management
EdisonLearning’s eValuate™ system is fully utilized in the model.
eValuate is an online formative assessment system that provides
monthly benchmark assessments aligned to individual state
standards, combined with powerful reports and analysis tools to
monitor student progress. The Alliance Achievement Team with
support from EdisonLearning’s Research and Assessment Center
of Excellence helps schools analyze the eValuate data, as well as
student achievement data from other sources, to drive decision
making and adjust instruction to improve learning outcomes.
* Source: Alliance for Excellent Education