As we partner with secondary schools, we often find that high school leadership teams face a unique challenge when designing systems of support for their students. Specifically, because high schools typically serve larger student populations, with autonomous departments and individual students with varied interests and aspirations, universal (Tier 1) supports are not as easily defined and are often absent in traditional high schools. However, as school leadership teams work together we see smart innovative practices emerging that not only ensure all students have resources and supports available to them, but also that they receive what they need when they need it.
Some of the most powerful practices establish universal supports that set the tone and culture for the whole community. For one example, check out this interview with Dr. Courtney Robinson about the annual College Application Day at Ocean View High School. All seniors apply, during the school day, to multiple postsecondary institutions based on each student’s interests and aspirations and have experts onsite all day to support them through the process.
Want to keep watching? You can check out the 2017 Ocean View College Application Day video.