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.
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.
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.
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.