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High Point Presentation

  1. 1. High Point High School Local School in a National Context
  2. 2. Location <ul><li>Physically situated in Beltsville </li></ul><ul><li>Students attend from: </li></ul>Beltsville Adelphi Calverton College Park Landover Hyattsville
  3. 3. High Point History <ul><li>Founded in 1954 (same years Brown v. Board of Education) </li></ul><ul><li>1973 - PGCPS begins country’s largest integration program using busing </li></ul><ul><li>Magnet programs introduced in the mid-1980’s </li></ul><ul><li>2006-2007 - Academic Center closes </li></ul>
  4. 4. High Point Today <ul><li>Incredibly diverse: 66 countries and 42 languages </li></ul><ul><li>Demographics: 46.29% African-American, 42.09% Hispanic or Latino, 5.39% Caucasian, and 5.85% Asian </li></ul><ul><li>Twenty-nine percent of classes are not taught by Highly Qualified Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Forty-seven percent of students are eligible for free and reduced meals, 19.2% are enrolled in the ESOL program, and 9.9% receive Special Education services </li></ul>
  5. 5. Racial Tensions <ul><li>NBC: Racial Tension Reported At High Point High School </li></ul><ul><li>“ Tension between black and Hispanic students is a growing problem at one Prince George's County high school.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ A parent who fears for her child's safety said, &quot;We have the feeling they don't want Hispanic students in this school.&quot; </li></ul>
  6. 6. Student Thoughts <ul><li>71.9% disagree that safety rules are generally obeyed by students </li></ul><ul><li>70.6% disagree that students and teachers trust and respect each other </li></ul><ul><li>46.5% disagree that their parents are aware of what happens at school </li></ul>
  7. 7. Uniforms?
  8. 8. School Improvement Plan <ul><li>Separate ESOL classes for other courses such as Algebra, LSN Government, Biology, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>“Exit conferences” for dropouts and Career Exploration classes to discourage dropping out </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation of a variety of programs to increase safety and decrease tardiness </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging increased parent and community involvement </li></ul>
  9. 9. A National Problem?
  10. 10. The Problems Money Lack of Byzantine system Program and skilled teachers curriculum failures
  11. 11. Their Origin
  12. 12. A Byzantine System <ul><li>No comprehensive way to track student progress </li></ul><ul><li>Research and development suffering </li></ul><ul><li>Huge inequities in finances </li></ul>Federalized system leads to:
  13. 14. Prince George’s County Public Schools
  14. 15. $8,612 =
  15. 16. $7,998 ~
  16. 18. National Education Spending
  17. 19. Portion of Federal Budget
  18. 20. Graduation Rate from HPHS
  19. 21. Per Capita Income Langley Park
  20. 22. Taxes
  21. 23. Dilemma or
  22. 24. Solutions?
  23. 25. Solutions <ul><li>Nationalize education </li></ul><ul><li>Increase funds for education </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage economically disadvantaged students to remain in school with economic incentive programs </li></ul>- scale up research in curricula and development - make financial distribution more equitable

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