Ready for High School

Overview

Ready for High School

Too many students don’t make it to their senior year; they drop out of high school in the ninth grade. A ninth grade student is three to five times more likely to fail a class than students in any other grade, and the courses with the highest failure rates are English, algebra and biology.

SREB has developed two courses to strengthen underprepared students and set them on the path to success in high school: Ready for High School Literacy and Ready for High School Math

Timeline

The Ready for High School courses will be available for implementation during the 2016-17 school year. Interested school teams should attend the Readiness Courses Institute during the High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference in July 2016.

Overview

Ready for High School Literacy

This course utilizes a disciplinary literacy approach that teaches students strategies for reading and understanding complex texts in different subject areas. Students learn to develop and defend ideas, both orally and in writing, in high school-level subjects such as English, history and science.

The unit structure conforms to the framework of the Literacy Design Collaborative which addresses college- and career-readiness standards.

Overview

Ready for High School Math

This course emphasizes understanding of mathematics concepts rather than just memorizing procedures. Students learn why to use a certain formula or method to solve a problem. By engaging students in real-world applications, Ready for High School Math develops critical thinking skills that students will use throughout their high school studies.

The course consists of eight units, culminating in a capstone project that emphasizes synthesis of concepts.