2008-2009 - San Diego Unified School District by pengxuebo


									                             San Diego Early/Middle College
                                  Year One: 2008-2009
San Diego Early Middle College (SDEMC) opened in the fall of 2008 as a partnership between the San
Diego Unified School District and the San Diego Community College District. The school is located
on the campus of San Diego City College in downtown San Diego and serves students, primarily from
low income areas of the city and first generation college goers, seeking a non-traditional high school
experience in a small, personalized learning environment. Because of the school’s location, students
have access to college facilities, including the library, learning centers, labs and cafeteria. The college
students are role models for attitude, behavior and focus, and the diversity of San Diego City College
promotes tolerance and acceptance.

Early College Program
SDEMC’s early college program gives students who enroll in the ninth grade the opportunity and
support to earn a high school diploma and up to two years of college (at no additional cost to their
families) in five years or less. Ninth and tenth grade students are taught by San Diego Unified teachers
and given extensive support to ensure that they are ready for college-level courses. In addition students
take college physical education courses in the ninth and tenth grades and college Spanish courses in the
tenth grade. In the eleventh and twelfth grades, students take a combination of high school and a
variety of college courses (four high school classes and two college courses per semester).

Middle College Program
The school’s middle college program serves bright, capable 11th and 12th graders who have
demonstrated prior academic potential but have become disengaged from their traditional high schools
and would thrive in a small middle college setting. The school offers credit recovery as part of the
middle college program.

Early College High School Grant
San Diego Early/Middle College has received a two year (2008-2009 and 2009-2010) Early College
High school start up grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the Foundation for
California Community Colleges’ Early College High School Initiative.

The Early College High School grant has funded technology, including lap tops, document cameras,
digital projectors, Promethean interactive boards, and multimedia production software and equipment.
This allows teachers to incorporate technology into instruction, learning and assessment. Students
regularly show what they have learned through non-traditional assessments such as making a video
documentary about an ancient civilization, blogging from the point of view a character in a novel,
creating a public service announcement on a current social issue such as hunger in San Diego,
exploring curricular content through web quests, and other technology based activities. In April, a
group of four SDEMC freshmen won first place in the San Diego County Office of Education’s
Innovative Videos in Education competition for a public service announcement for the San Diego Food

Dual High School and College Credit College Courses
In 2008-2009, the School Board approved core district graduation credit for 32 San Diego City College

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Collaboration between City College Professors and SDEMC Teachers in English and
With support from the Early College High School Grant, SDEMC English and mathematics teachers
and San Diego Early/Middle College English and mathematics professors are collaborating on a two-
part project to improve student success, retention and achievement. The first part of the project
includes aligning the student learning outcomes of entry-level college English and mathematics
courses with the California state standards that guide instruction in the high school. The second part of
project, which will take place during the 2009-2010 school year, is to strengthen instruction at the high
school and college levels through professional development that includes sharing best practices and
observing each others college and high school classes

“A through G” Courses and Advanced Placement World History
All SDEMC students take A through G courses, including A.P. World History in the tenth grade.
Students begin preparing for the A.P. course in the ninth grade.

Online Courses
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, SDEMC will partner with the District’s ihigh Virtual
Academy to offer original credit online courses. San Diego City College’s English department is
offering juniors and seniors a one unit online course that individualizes writing instruction based on
students’ learning needs.

School-wide AVID
All students are enrolled in an AVID class, and SDEMC is currently becoming certified as a school-
wide AVID program.

Before School and After School Tutorials
SDEMC teachers provide math and English tutoring in the morning and tutorials in the core subject
areas in the afternoon.

Friday College Seminar
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, all students will participate in a weekly seminar designed to
support them in their college courses. In addition to academic support, students will learn college
readiness skills such as attitude and behavior expected of students in college classes and contextual
knowledge about college (applying, enrolling in classes, interacting with professors etc.) .

College Readiness Action Research Project
SDEMC, along with San Diego High School’s early college programs at LEADS and Media Visual
and Performing Arts, as well as San Diego City College faculty, is participating in an action research
project that focuses on the development of college readiness in high school students. The project is
funded by Jobs for the Future through the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and
Teaching (NCREST) at Teachers College, Columbia University and the Foundation for California
Community Colleges

The school opened in the fall of 2008 with 38 freshmen and four juniors. In 2009-2010, we expect a
total of 40 freshmen, 40 sophomores, 25 juniors and seniors for a total of 100 students. We will cap our
enrollment in 2010-2011 with 160 students, 40 at each grade level.

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                                       2008-2009 Demographics
Hispanic                                           64%
African American                                   14%
Asian                                              13%
White                                              8%
Males                                              42%
Females                                            58%
English Learners                                   16%
Reclassified English Learners                      40%
Special Education Students                         16%
Students receiving free or reduced price lunches   85%

Achievement Data
SDEMC will not have site CST data until the end of August 2009. However, on the practice CAHSEE
exam administered in spring 2009 by the school district, SDEMC ninth grade students scored well: in
English Language Arts, 87% passed (the District average was 50%) and in math and 89% passed in
mathematics (the district average was 48%).

Average GPA
The average high school GPA for students (excluding P.E.) for the 2008-2009 school year was 2.7.

Attendance Data
San Diego Early/Middle College’s monthly attendance percentages were consistently higher than the
senior high school average. SDEMC’s midyear cumulative average monthly attendance was the
highest of all San Diego Unified senior high schools.

Preliminary anecdotal data shows that students with a history of poor attendance before attending
SDEMC improved their attendance in 2008-2009.

Number of College Units Earned
Freshmen (38 students) took a two semester college physical education class for a total of 90 college
units earned. The average GPA was a B.

The four juniors took a total of four college courses for a total of 12 college units earned. The average
GPA was B.

Freshmen will take a two semester college physical education course for a total of 90 college units.

Sophomores will take a two semester physical education class and two semesters of college Spanish
for a total of 495 college units.

Juniors and Seniors will take a variety of college courses, including a one unit English course offered
by the college English Center.

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