Presentation on theme: "Launching a Girls’ Public School: Leaders’ Perspective Paula Harris, Trustee member, Board of Education Delesa O’Dell Thomas, Principal Jyoti Malhan,"— Presentation transcript:
1Launching a Girls’ Public School: Leaders’ Perspective Paula Harris, Trustee member, Board of Education Delesa O’Dell Thomas, Principal Jyoti Malhan, Dean of Instruction Houston ISD
2Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy Established Fall 2011
3Leaders’ PerspectiveThe First All Girls Public School in a large Urban School District Our Biggest Challenge “COMMUNITY AND STAKEHOLDER BUY IN”
4Single Gender Schools A very new model for our parents A very new model for our studentsDifferent from a large comprehensive high schoolA magnet program- selective admission process
5HISD's Single-Sex Schools: Not Quite a Hot Ticket. (Jan HISD's Single-Sex Schools: Not Quite a Hot Ticket . (Jan. 27, 2011) Houston ChronicleThe Houston school board announced with great fanfare two months ago the opening of separate schools for girls and... Forty girls and 23 boys have applied for the schools, which have slots for 200 girls and 250 boys, HISD spokesman Jason Spencer tells Hair Balls. …
6Our Outreach to our community Create a brochure with our girls who applied(took pictures at Rice Univ. campus)Sought our parents as our spokespersonsSought our new teachers to recruit at theircampusesCreated a genderschools eblast for all parentswho applied
7Contd… Sought our students to recruit at their campuses Constant communication and aggressive follow up with anyone who applied or contacted usBuy in from applicants and parents was our strongest allyWord of mouth more powerful than anything else
8May 7 – Our first parent information session ! We were blown away !!Have not looked back since !!!At our parent session we talked about ourOur new campus (location, security)Our curriculum (Pre AP /AP)Our teachers (Highly qualified and experienced)Our innovative camps (STEM, Writers in Schools)Our afterschool activities and electives
9Preliminary responses from our stakeholders I did not want to come to this school in August but I do not want to leave now- 9th grade studentI forced her to come but she loves it now- 6th grade parentMy friend wants to know what else can she do to get her daughter here. She has perfect scores on the state test- YWCPA parentWas that change of class, so quiet- future parent touring campus
10Benefits of Attending YWCPA Single gender / no distraction from boysUniformsMagnet (separate and unique)Nurturing learning environmentEach girl receives a I-Mac during school yearSpring Board CurriculumAcceleration/College PreparationPrivate school concept in a public schoolSisterhood
1110 REASONS TO ATTEND YWCPA The HISD Advanced Placement magnet schoolRigorous college preparatory curriculum with all Core coursework Pre AP/APHighly qualified experienced teachers with master’s and doctoral degreesPersonal MacBook laptops for every girlCollege tours starting in 6th gradeFree mandatory STEM based summer camps for all girls starting in 6th gradePartnership with IPAA for creating a Petroleum Academy at YWCPATwo years of high school foreign language credit in Middle schoolAlgebra for all by 8th grade (15% of our girls take Algebra in 7th)Dual credit classes in 11th and 12th grade
12Enrichment & the Arts After School Programs Strings Volleyball/basketball/lacrosse/soccer clubsPhotographyTheaterStep TeamDanceClown ArtScience ClubHistory ClubCheerleadingMentoring
13Rigor and Innovation drives our curriculum A group of 7th graders in Pre AP Algebra I ( a 9TH grade course)All 6th graders are taking 7th grade mathMac book computers for every girlInnovative and unique summer program opportunities on and off campus ( WITS, 3D Prototyping camp taught by Rice Univ., DUKE TIP Kaplan class, underwater robotics) Partnership with IPAA (sponsorships, internships, engineering courses)UH partnership ( Students from College of Engineering teach twice a week)
14Rigor and Innovation drives our curriculum, contd….. Electives and after school programs include robotics, orchestra, lacrosse, theater arts, choir, leadership and team buildingHistory fair state level wins NASA partnershipsVisit from Ms AmericaResearch /Dissertation class for middle school61 out of 119 students in 7th grade invited to test for Duke Tip scholar program
15Thanks to a national study conducted by UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies(2010), we have well-documented evidence that all-girls school graduates entering their first year of college consistently assess their abilities, self-confidence, engagements and ambition as stronger across the academic disciplines than do their peers from coed schools.Read more:Upon entering college, more girls-school graduates rate their confidence in math and computer science skills higher, compared to their peers from coed schools.More girls-school graduates consider their academic performance highly successful, compared with women from coed schools.Girls-school graduates spend more time studying, doing homework, talking with teachers, tutoring peers and studying with others, compared with graduates of coed schools.Girls-school graduates are three times more likely to consider pursuing a career in engineering than peers from coed schools.These results aren't just for a select group of students who happen to be of a certain socioeconomic status. At this school, 30 percent of our students receive needs-based financial aid awards and scholarships; 31 percent are people of color; more than 15 languages are spoken in the homes of the Class of 2010; and they draw students from 70 Zip codes and 41 school districts.These girls aren't successful because of their household income. They're successful because they work hard and are given the opportunity to learn in an environment that is conducive to their particular learning style -- because boys and girls do learn differently. An essential component of parenting is knowing our children well and being thoughtful about their educational opportunities, whether single-gender or coed.
16Current Research & News A Right to Choose Single-Sex EducationU.S. senators Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., write this opinion article in support of offering the option of single-gender instruction, saying studies show it can improve student performance -- particularly in math and science International Day of the Girl: Why Science & Math Programs Matter Reaching young women by the time they enter college is not soon enough. …to increase female representation in STEM majors it is essential to engage girls in related activities at K-12 levels. A few organizations have recognized this gap and created programs to address it. Microsoft's DigiGirlz Hi-Tech Camp, Black Girls Code and the NSF-funded National Girls Collaborative Project support STEM programs for underserved communities.
17Year 1: We are proud of our Girls’ Exemplary Performance !!! One of the 5 schools out of 45 at the middle school level to meet AYP based on first year’s state test scores. ( though we did not count for the same as we were in our first year).Year 1: We are proud of our Girls’ Exemplary Performance !!!
18STAAR th Grade DataREADING DATAMATH DATAWRITING DATA
23Foundation for the Education of Young Women Our Core ValuesCollege PreparationLeadershipWellness Skills
24Sponsorship/Funding/Partnership FEYWPrivate DonationsGrantsAdvisory CouncilTexas Wall Street Women (TXWSW)Independent Petroleum Association of AmericaJunior AchievementSally Ride ScienceSpace Center Houston, NASAGeneral ElectricTexas Association of Minority Engineer sWriters in The Schools
26Admission Requirements Must have a 75% or better average in all classesMust have met state requirements for advancement to the next grade levelMust desire and be committed to attend a four-year college or university.Must have good attendance and behaviorIf selected for admission, must attend an interview with parent, guardian, and/or primary caregiver.