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Each summer SPN produces case studies about the model schools that have been identified to present at the national Model Schools Conference. These case studies present qualitative and quantitative data and best practices. Organized around the dimensions of the learning criteria, this research provides a comprehensive look at that leadership the instruction and the innovations that have led to significant student growth. Case studies align to other resources on SPN’s website through the schools they feature and the focus topics such as rigor/relevance and quadrant D leadership. These case studies are typically between 9 to 12 pages long and are fully downloadable to SPN members. Schools seeking innovative approaches and best practices use these case studies as Windows in two similar schools that are achieving enviable results. SPN case studies also help facilitate conversation among schools as they seek out peers from whom to learn. SPN members are able to access five years of case studies from over 150 schools.

 

Benefits:

  • Single source database of model schools best practices.
  • Fully searchable catalog organized by “Models of” Topics, Grade Level, Year, Tags, and Keywords.
  • Model programs and implementation descriptions help school reformers find solutions.
  • Schools know who to contact and how to reach them at each Case Study school.
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Featured Case Studies
Model School
19 July, 201219 July, 2012
By The NumbersModel Of
4,250 students
74% minority
72% free/reduced lunch
11% with disabilities
14% English language learners
50% first language not English
33% grads w/state scholarships
99% passed ELA/math tests
9th Grade Success
Collaborative Leadership
Comprehensive High School
Data-driven Decision Making
Inclusion
Leadership
Literacy
Personalization
Year: 2012
Brockton High School is a comprehensive grade 9–12 school located in an urban center 30 miles south of Boston. The school’s approximately 4,200 students represent a range in diversity and socioeconomic levels. The education program follows a modified block schedule that offers core and elective courses in academic, vocational, fine arts, and performing arts programs. High expectations and high standards help motivate students enrolled in each of the academic programs and levels: Internati...Read more
Model School
19 July, 201219 July, 2012
By The NumbersModel Of
560 students including the alternative high school
26% free/reduced lunch
11% with disabilities
80+% to postsecondary education
95.9% attendance rate
96.1% graduation rate
AYP met 95.4% Math, 93.3 % Reading 92.5% Science-2012


Poor academic performance, low student and staff morale, high number of discipline issues…does this sound like a school you know?

This is where Central-Clinton, a small rural school in Iowa was prior to making relationships a priority with all students. With an emphasis on developing individualized supports for our struggling learners through our mentoring program, our culture has changed to one of high academic performance and strong morale. Within 3 years of implementation, this school has gone from 231 failing grades to just 83 in 2012. When it comes to the Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED), our school was on the NCLB “watch list” just five years ago. Today, our students are receiving some of the highest scores in the state! Students have gone from chanting, “Let’s play football” at rival sporting events to, and “Let’s take ITED’s”.
Culture
Data-driven Decision Making
Mentoring
Professional Development
Relationships
Rigor and Relevance
Rural
Year: 2012
Central High School in DeWitt, Iowa is a comprehensive grade 9-12 school located in a rural area approximately 15 miles north of Quad Cities, Iowa/Illinois. The school’s approximately 560 students range in socioeconomic levels and come from a predominately agricultural community. The education program follows an A/B Block, four-period schedule that offers core and elective courses in academic, vocational, fine arts, and performing arts programs. High expectations and high standards help mot...Read more
Model School
20 July, 201220 July, 2012
By The NumbersModel Of
817 students
66% free/reduced meals
5.2% Absent over 15 days
93.8% Meet or exceed grade level expectations for reading
85% minority
12.4% with disabilities
3.4% English language learners
AYP Met
Collaboration
Engagement
Relationships
Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships
Year: 2012
Cooper Middle School is a comprehensive middle school serving 817 students in grades six through eight (\"School reports: Cooper,\" 2011). Located in Austell, GA the school is approximately 20 miles northwest of Atlanta, Georgia. Cooper Middle School (CMS) is recognized as being “high poverty” and 66% of the student population is eligible for free and/or reduced meals (\"School reports: Cooper,\" 2011). CMS structures the school year into four academic quarters and follows a six period da...Read more
Model School
19 July, 201219 July, 2012
By The NumbersModel Of
1341 Student Enrollment
55 % Black Students
38% White Students
10% ELL
74% free/reduced lunch
73.5% Graduation rate
13% Students with Disabilities

How Griffin High School is Utilizing a Federal School Improvement Grant to Transform its Culture
Career Academies
Culture
Raising Student Achievement
Small Learning Communities
Year: 2012
Griffin High School (GHS) is a 9-12 school located in a suburban community south of Atlanta, GA and is 1 of 2 high schools in the Griffin-Spalding County School (GSCS) district. GSCS has 18 schools- 2 high schools, 4 middle schools, 11 elementary schools, and 1 alternative school. GHS serves approximately 1340 students of which 55% are minority, 38% white, and only 1% of the student population is ELL. The free and reduced lunch population has risen to78%. Students with disabilities represent...Read more
Model School
20 July, 201220 July, 2012
By The NumbersModel Of
205 students
Grades 5-8
10% military
93% proficient in writing
Inclusion
Relationships
Technology Integration
Year: 2012
Jamestown Lawn Avenue School is a middle school serving students in grades 5-8. The school is an island community located in the southern part of the state of Rhode Island. The school’s 205 students represent approximately 5% of the islands 6,500 person population. The student body includes approximately 10% of military families who reside in Newport County for one year to several years. The curriculum used in our school system follows the Rhode Island Department of Education grade span...Read more
Model School
19 July, 201219 July, 2012
By The NumbersModel Of
568 students – K-5
53% Hispanic
26% White/Caucasian
8% Black/African American
5% Asian
8% Multi-racial
• 74% Minority
• 62% Free/Reduced Lunch
• 30% Limited English Proficiency
• 15% Special Education
Empowerment
Interventions
Special Education
Year: 2012
Kirk Adams Elementary School is an urban K-5 elementary school in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is one of 30 Empowerment Schools in the Clark County School District. The Empowerment School philosophy is grounded in the belief that critical decisions affecting instruction should be made at the school level by those most closely involved with the students. Additionally, if schools are to be held accountable for student achievement, they should be given the flexibility to determine what will best acc...Read more
Model School
19 July, 201219 July, 2012
By The NumbersModel Of
• 3,000 students
• 58% Hispanic
• 35% White/non-Hispanic
• 5% English language learners
• 8% students with disabilities
• 45% free/reduced lunch
• 95% graduation rate
• 95% attendance rate
• AYP met
International Baccalaureate Program
Interventions
Leadership
Professional Development
Small Learning Communities
Year: 2012
La Quinta High School (La Quinta) is one of four comprehensive high schools in the Desert Sands Unified Schools District, located in the Coachella Valley of California. The district, serving grades K–12, provides comprehensive educational programs and services, with significant special education, vocational, early childhood, and adult education programs, to a multiethnic student population with diverse socioeconomic and cultural interests.
La Quinta is situated on an attractive, nearly im...Read more
Model School
Public Resource 20 July, 201220 July, 2012
By The NumbersModel Of
430 students
61% free and reduced meals
95% attendance rate
90% reading on grade level
48% African American
48% white
10% special education
2% English language learners
Advisories
Assessment
Collaboration
Culture
Data-driven Decision Making
Engagement
High Expectations
Inclusion
Interventions
Leadership
Literacy
Mentoring
Parent Involvement
Partnerships
Personalization
Positive behavior
Professional Development
Year: 2012
Overview

Pocomoke Middle School (Pocomoke) is located in Pocomoke City, the southernmost town on Maryland’s eastern shore. Pocomoke City\'s current population is 3,895 people. The unemployment rate is 16.50%, which accounts for the high number of students who qualify for free and reduced priced meals. The school’s diverse student population, approximately 430 students in grades four through eight, is 48% white, 48% African American, 2% Hispanic, 1% Asian, and 1% Native American Indian....Read more
Model School
19 July, 201219 July, 2012
By The NumbersModel Of
712 students
9% free/reduced Lunch
97% attendance rate
87% reading on grade level
19.94% minorities
10% students with disabilities
2% ELL
Professional Development
Technology
Technology Integration
Year: 2012
In 1958, the suburban Douglas County School District Re-1 was created through the combining of more than 17 rural districts in the area. Located in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado, Douglas County Re-1 began as a small district with one high school and a total enrollment of 1,100 students. Today, this district has grown into the third largest district in the Denver metropolitan area, consisting of 10 high schools, 3 alternative high schools, one K-12 online school, 10 middle schools, and 53...Read more
Model School
22 June, 201122 June, 2011
By The NumbersModel Of
600 students
90% in poverty
19% African American
4% Hispanic
10% considered homeless
24% with IEPs
Collaboration
High Expectations
Relationships
Rigor and Relevance
Year: 2011
South Heights Elementary School (South Heights) lives by its mission statement, We succeed; no exceptions, no excuses! Over 10 years ago, South Heights was ranked 684th in the State of Kentucky. By fall 2010 our school had risen to 54th. Each year over the last decade our school improved. This improvement has occurred because of an intentional focus on instruction, collaboration/leadership, and culture. Each year our staff re-tools, with support from our Guiding Coalition.

This improveme...Read more


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