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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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Model School
Public Resource 4 August, 20104 August, 2010
By The NumbersModel Of
4,300 students
74% minority
72% free/reduced lunch
11% with disabilities
11% English language learners
58% first language not English
25% grads w/state scholarships
AYP met
9th Grade Success
Collaborative Leadership
Comprehensive High School
Data-driven Decision Making
Inclusion
Leadership
Literacy
Personalization
Rigor and Relevance
Small Learning Communities
Year: 2010
Brockton High School is a comprehensive grades 9–12 school located in an urban center 30 miles south of Boston. The school’s approximately 4,350 students represent a range in diversity and socioeconomic levels. The education program follows a six-day 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
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
Public Resource 20 July, 201220 July, 2012
By The NumbersModel Of
• 1,640 students
• 14% students with disabilities
• 24% free/reduced lunch
• 97% graduation rate
• 96% attendance rate
• AYP not met
Career Tech
Data-driven Decision Making
Literacy
Mentoring
Transitions
Writing
Year: 2012
Jensen Beach High School opened in Jensen Beach, Florida, in 2004. In its short existence, the school has achieved outstanding student performance and recognition for its programs, administrators, and faculty. Through the concept of experiential education, students engage in real-world activities within all the disciplines. Some of these experiences include band students playing alongside the Latin Grammy award winner, Mr. Nestor Torres, art and social studies students creating quilts that ar...Read more
Model School
27 April, 201027 April, 2010
By The NumbersModel Of
800 students
35% free/reduced lunch
28 different languages/68 countries
AYP met
Creativity
Leadership
Mentoring
Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships
Year: 2009
The A. B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School (Combs) program is grounded in the belief that building cooperative relationships and nurturing responsibility, kindness, and good judgment are the basis for creating a successful community of learners. By developing the whole child—socially, emotionally, academically, and ethically—the program fosters a climate of principle-centered personal leadership.

It is Combs’ culture of continuous improvement and performance excellence, dif...Read more
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
28 June, 201128 June, 2011
By The NumbersModel Of
200 students
93% minority
75% free/reduced lunch
5% English language learners
71% first generation college
AYP met (2007-10)
Advisories
Early College
Leadership
Literacy
Rigor and Relevance
Year: 2011
DeKalb Early College Academy, also known as DECA, is an early college high school located in historic Stone Mountain, Georgia, about 15 miles from Atlanta. The school is an alternative to large, comprehensive high schools in the DeKalb County School System and is a school of choice for parents who may not want their child to attend the traditional community high school. Students must apply and be accepted into the program as they would a college. The school accepts students from both public a...Read more
Model School
13 April, 201013 April, 2010
Model Of
Assessment
Collaboration
Collaborative Leadership
Continuous Improvement
Creativity
Culture
Data-driven Decision Making
Empowerment
Engagement
High Expectations
in Every Leader
Inclusion
Interventions
Leadership
Learning Criteria
Literacy
Meeting All Students’ Needs
Year: 2006
The A. B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School program is grounded in the belief that building cooperative relationships and nurturing responsibility, kindness, and good judgment are the basis for creating a successful community of learners. By developing the whole child — socially, emotionally, academically, and ethically — the program fosters a climate of principle-centered and personal leadership. It is Combs’ culture of continuous improvement and performance excellence, differe...Read more
Model School
12 August, 201012 August, 2010
By The NumbersModel Of
1,000 students
76% reading at grade level
64% minority
8% special needs
55% free and reduced lunch
12% non-exited ELL
AYP met
Interventions
Literacy
Parent Involvement
Rigor and Relevance
Year: 2010
Owning up to failure is not a weakness, it\'s a measure of strength; at Cotton Boll Elementary School (Cotton Boll) failure was seen as an opportunity for positive change. Three years ago Cotton Boll was placed in federal school improvement status because of low test scores in two sub-group areas in reading. This led to the reform effort that has resulted in Cotton Boll being selected as a Model School for the year 2010.

Cotton Boll Elementary School celebrated 25 years of service to the ...Read more
Model School
28 April, 201028 April, 2010
By The NumbersModel Of
3,114 students
52% Hispanic
40% White/non-Hispanic
8% English language learners
36% free/reduced lunch
95% graduation rate
95% attendance rate
AYP met
International Baccalaureate Program
Interventions
Leadership
Professional Development
Small Learning Communities
Year: 2009
La Quinta High School (La Quinta) is one of three 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 i...Read more
Model School
FOCUS Segments
22 June, 201122 June, 2011
By The NumbersModel Of
815 students
53% white
19% black
15% Hispanic
31% free/reduced lunch
28 languages/68 countries
AYP met
Advisory
Collaborative Leadership
Continuous Improvement
Creativity
Culture
Data-driven Decision Making
Empowerment
Engagement
High Expectations
Leadership
Learning Criteria
Literacy
Mentoring
Parent Involvement
Positive environment
Quadrant D
Raising Student Achievement
Year: 2011
The A. B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School (Combs) program is grounded in the belief that building cooperative relationships and nurturing responsibility, kindness, and good judgment are the basis for creating a successful community of learners. By developing the whole child—socially, emotionally, academically, and ethically—the program fosters a climate of principle-centered personal leadership. It is Combs’ culture of continuous improvement and performance excellence, differe...Read more


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