Schools may choose to describe up to two additional pieces of information about how their school is supporting students. These self-reported indicators are not factored into school accountability calculations but provide the opportunity for schools to highlight successful programs or practices in addition to the indicators included in school accountability.
EQUITABLE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Before and After School Tutoring
Indian Hills Elementary worked toward closing achievement gaps by planning for student learning on an individual basis. Tier II (re-teaching) Action Plans were created for every student identified as performing below proficiency. Tutoring was provided before and/ or after school to teach targeted concepts for students struggling in that specific area of the curriculum. Teachers met weekly in grade level collaborative meetings to ensure adequate student growth and plan for ongoing instruction relevant to individual needs.
Academic Enhancement Program
Indian Hills Elementary continued to support programs that enhanced academics through lifelong learning such as the Academic Enhancement Program- a grade level and ability level specific program designed to allow students to excel beyond regular curricular expectations. This program is known to students as the ‘Excellent Eagle Award’ and is designed to allow every student in the school who desired to participate to do so.Our faculty, staff, parents, and students focus on five guiding principles: 1. Provide opportunities to explore current grade-level curriculum more deeply; 2. Provide exposure to subsequent grades curricula; 3. Integrate civics, social studies, science, the arts, and physical education goals into the program; 4. Imbed self-directed learning and inquiry skills; and 5. Help students perform at the top proficiency level. The Academic Enhancement Program is intended to promote self-directed learning and sharpen students’ acuity in skills necessary for inquiry. Students are expected to complete most of the required goals outside the school day, which challenges students to take responsibility for their own learning and develop strategies to tackle perplexing ideas. A series of ANOVAs indicate students who participate in the Academic Enhancement Program perform higher than their academic equals who do not participate. At least one-third of the student body participate annually.