For now, our needs are adequately met by our facility. We are committed to providing a safe, attractive, comfortable, and fully-equipped learning environment for our students and staff, while being fiscally responsible and matching our needs to our budget. That being said, our facility will need to expand as our student body grows.
We are committed to inclusion to the greatest possible extent and agree with the following statement of Steven Frank Hawley and Karen Hawley Miles, co-authors of The Strategic School: “Imagine if we were to embrace a vision that blurred the distinctions between special education and general education, requiring all teachers to be experts in differentiated instruction and focusing special education dollars on delivering a higher quality of instruction.”
Strong research shows that success in 9th grade is crucial to a student’s success in high school. Our advisory program is designed to give high school students the tools they need to succeed, such as the adoption of an academic mindset, effective organizational and study skills, knowledge of and advocacy for the way the student learns best, how to work successfully in a group or independently, respectful and responsible behaviors, etc.
As students grow and mature, their needs change. Topics such as career planning; college searches, applications, and financial aid; internships; job shadowing; and the extended individual project for upperclassmen will require dedicated time during the school day.
Students will be assessed against the content standards for the individual course rather than being compared to their peers. Evaluations will be based on demonstrated proficiency, from “Needs Significant Help” to “Mastery”. These levels will correspond to letter grades on a student’s official transcript. Because our goal is learning, students will be encouraged to revise and improve their work and grades.
Standards-Based Grading means students are assessed against the content standards for the individual course rather than being compared to their peers. Evaluations are based on demonstrated proficiency, from Needs Significant Help to Mastery. These levels will correspond to letter grades on a student’s official transcript.
Project-based learning is a powerful way for students to attain deep knowledge and develop the higher-order thinking skills required for life in the 21st century. Well-designed project-based learning is a way for students to learn “hands on” as well as pursue their individual interests. Projects are also a way for students to demonstrate what they know and can do in a more authentic manner than a multiple-choice test.
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As students grow, it is appropriate that they extend their learning beyond the school and out into the community. Older students need and want greater autonomy and responsibility. Prior to graduation, all New School High students are encouraged to design and complete either an internship in career exploration, a community service project, a sustained project in the arts, or a research project. Most students will begin work on these goals in grades 11 or 12, however, some students may be ready for these challenges earlier. The student’s Individual Learning Plan will reflect the sequence that is most appropriate for that individual.
Universal Design for Learning helps all students learn better. A commitment to the principles of UDL means that to the greatest extent possible, our teachers will use multiple means of communicating the course content to the students. Also, students may be allowed to express what they know and can do in various ways. Finally, student interests and goals will always be an important priority in the lesson or project design. For more on the science behind UDL and its successful application for teachers and students, there is extensive information on the CAST.org website.
Our families are essential to the success of the school and of its students. We encourage parents to volunteer in the classroom, join us on field trips, and offer their expertise in any number of ways. Parents are invited to participate in the monthly Parent Advisory meetings for regular dialogue with the school leader and to share information and ideas about education.
The advantage of a small school is its ability to banish anonymity. Knowing our students well allows us to match their interests and goals with the resources they need. We place great value on our community partners and our vast network of professionals and experts in diverse fields to broaden the learning opportunities of our students. Collaboration with the community is essential to our program and may take the form of speakers, guest experts, on-site project-based learning/research, service learning, student internships, project mentors, career exploration, or employment. We are committed to expanding our vibrant network of partnerships to many other non-profit organizations, institutions of higher learning, and businesses for our mutual benefit.
“Except as prescribed in law, a charter school may not be selective in its enrollment process. It may not screen out students based on disability, race, religion, gender, test scores, etc. It may predetermine the ages, grades, and number of students it will serve. A random selection process must be used if the number of applicants exceeds the school’s enrollment capacity.” (MDE Charter School Q&A) After the open enrollment date, if we have received more registration materials than there are seats, the families of registered students will be notified and a public, random drawing will be held within two weeks to determine the students who are guaranteed a place and those on the waiting list.
Our programming is determined by the interests of our students. Groups have included competitive economics/personal finance team, Drama Club, Table Top and Electronics Games Club, Cobra Strikes bowling team, Chinese culture and language group, basketball club, basketball team, our FRC team: Human Error, and a political discussion group. If our students want a particular extra-curricular, we will support them.
It is important that students feel connected to their school through traditions and celebrations that mark important times. Dances, activities nights, school trips, and special events are all ways New School High encourages students to widen their circles of friends, try new things, and have fun.
There is no admission requirement for a student to attend New School High or any other public school academy. “Charter schools must serve anyone who applies to attend up to enrollment capacity; that is, they may not screen out students based on race, religion, gender, or test scores.” (MDE Charter Schools Q&A)
Below are guidelines to abide by regarding dress code at NSH:
All students must wear tops with a non-revealing neckline. Low cut, open back, bare midriff, off the shoulders, spaghetti straps, bare sides, see through, etc will not be permissible. Female students may wear sleeveless garments which adequately cover undergarments and adhere to the aforementioned guidelines.
No obscene language and/or illegal substance advertisements (to include alcoholic and tobacco advertisements) may be worn on clothing or accessories.
Students should not wear sunglasses in the learning environment, unless a doctor’s note is provided to the office staff.
Skirts, dresses, and shorts must be fingertip length or longer. Garments worn over leggings must follow the fingertip rule.
Nighttime attire is not acceptable in the school setting. This may include, but is not limited to, blankets, robes, slippers, and house shoes, unless a school spirit event is scheduled.
Students are required to wear appropriate shoes at all times. Students need to wear closed toe shoes at all times.
Students should not wear excessively tight or revealing clothing, such as fishnet or see through garments, may be worn.
Students are prohibited from wearing any sign, symbol, logo, or garment, which has become synonymous with any gang, cult, or unauthorized club or organizational activity.
“Charter school students are assessed annually as part of the Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP), and charter schools are required to administer other state mandated assessments such as the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) and the English Language Proficiency Assessment.” (MDE Charter School Q&A) At New School High 9th and 10th graders will take the PSAT and 11th graders will take the SAT.