- Households headed by High School graduates accumulate 10 times more median household wealth than those headed by high school dropouts. Households headed by college graduates accumulate 90 times more household wealth than those headed by high school dropouts.
- Better Health Outcomes - Adults with higher levels of education live longer, have fewer health problems and report being happier
- Higher levels of academic achievement benefit society. Preventing one high school dropout saves approximately $200,000.
Results from the independent research group Colorado School Grades has consistently ranked the Aspen Community School 6-8th grade as among the very best in Colorado. For the second year in a row ACS made the list of top ten middle schools in Colorado. In 2012 ACS middle school was ranked #1 in the state. In 2013 our middle school was ranked #7 out of 586 middle schools. http://coloradoschoolgrades.com/SchoolSearch.aspx?topRanked=true&st=2
And the 4th and 5th grades are catching up fast. In 2013 this group of ACS students (incorrectly called our “elementary school”) ranked #175 out of 1132 schools.http://coloradoschoolgrades.com/SchoolReportCard.aspx?sid=0042E These incredible results are based on three years of data from standardized tests.
I’m not a big fan of comparing one school to another. Standardized tests are only a part of the learning equation and every community/school has a unique set of challenges. But student academic achievement and growth should matter to everyone. And ACS students are crushing it.
ACS School Improvement Plan 2013-2014
Academic Excellence Who When
1.Focus on teacher effectiveness Staff Sept. –June
All Staff will complete a self-evaluation, create SMART goals designed to improve instruction and student outcomes. Goals will be discussed and refined with the Principal and peers.
All staff will receive written Principal observation/feedback a minimum of 2X per semester. All staff with have a peer who observes their class 1X per semester and provides both verbal and written feedback.
All staff members will observe classes in a different school environment and report to ACS staff.
All staff members will lead at least one best “practices” staff discussion
2. Focus on Character Building Staff Nov. June
Staff will create relevant curriculum to help student understand and embody the
following character traits. These traits will be feature at weekly all school meeting. Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship
3. Revise and simplify student report card, align with common core standards
Staff Before Dec.
Relevance/Relationships Who When
Staff Aug. -June
1. Enhanced All School Meetings - focus on Relevance/Relationship building.
- One All School Meeting per month will focus on all school relevance, relationship building including cross age activities, connection between subjects, relevance of instructional content to self, community, and the world.