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.
Domain: "School-Level Factors"
Title: "Early Childhood School"
Description: Willard Elementary is unique in that we only have preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade students. We have a sister school in Perry, Three Mile Creek Elementary, that houses our 2nd through 5th graders. Because of our setup, we are able to focus on procedures, routines, activities, and instruction that are geared specifically for early childhood. We are heavily focused on literacy acqusition, as well as social and emotional learning. We believe that targeting these skills in the early grades sets students up for success for their future years.
Domain: "Equitable Educational Opportunities"
Title: "Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program"
Description: Willard Elementary has a Dual Language Immersion program in the Spanish language beginning in our first grade. This program continues when they go to 2nd grade through our sister school, Three Mile Creek Elementary. Parents fill out an application during their kindergarten year, and a lottery is completed to select 60 students to be in the program. These students spend half the day in English class focusing on acquiring literacy skills and the other half of their day learning the Spanish language. Students enjoy the advantage of two caring, qualified teachers. The English-speaking teacher uses half of the instruction day to teach English language arts (reading, writing, and spelling) as well as reinforcement of math concepts. The Spanish-speaking teacher uses the other half of the day to teach Spanish Literacy, Math, and portions of social studies and science topics. In class, the Spanish teacher speaks only in Spanish and communicates using a range of engaging strategies including pictures, songs, games, body language, expressions, drama, pantomime, etc. Children at this age are adept at picking up language in meaningful contexts. After a brief period at the beginning of the year, students too will speak only in Spanish during Spanish class.