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School Learning Plan

Raleigh Hills K-8

Our Story:

Raleigh Hills K-8 has 455 enrolled students, from Kindergarten to 8th Grade. Our population is very diverse with 18 different languages spoken and 27% Ever English Learners. 48% of the student population qualifies for free and reduced lunch. Our enrollment, like that of much of the district, has dropped. In our case, we are down 11%.

Academics:

Raleigh Hills has a dedicated and experienced group of teachers who are exceptional at building relationships with students and families. Last year, we capitalized on this ability to begin working toward making sure students were attending regularly and developing a multi-tiered system of supports for students in the area of reading, writing, math and SEL. We also worked toward increasing student efficacy in the area of math. Because of the effects of COVID on our school and the nation, we were not able to measure the outcomes of our efforts. Additionally, what we found was that student participation in distance learning decreased over time in the spring so that we were not able to deliver instruction to all students in the ways we would have hoped.

This year, the staff is dedicated to becoming an anti-racist school. For us, this means working and thinking outside the box to recapture the students who are not able to participate in CDL for a variety of reasons. We strive to remove the barriers that are in the way of students accessing the curriculum and lessons. Additionally, we are examining our systems and structures to find areas that are exclusive and work toward making our school a place where all students feel safe, welcome and valued so that they can achieve academically at the highest levels.

School Climate and Culture:  Raleigh Hills is an inviting school that makes an effort to help all students and parents feel safe and welcomed. On our most recent student survey, 83% of 4th and 5th graders report feeling welcome and accepted at Raleigh Hills and 91% report that they feel safe.  In addition to creating a caring and safe environment, the staff at Raleigh Hills have increased their level of understanding about helping the social and emotional growth of their students through the use of community circles, collaborative problem solving, and curriculum like Sanford Harmony and the Zones of Regulation. This year we are a RULER pilot school. RULER is a system for increasing emotional intelligence among staff and students. It stands for Recognize, Understand, Label, Express, & Regulate emotions. We are working with a staff developer from Yale on implementing an Emotions Matter mindset with our staff. We will train staff over the course of the year on how to be emotional scientists so that we can learn to name our emotions in order to regulate them. We’ll collectively teach these skills and strategies to our students as well. 

Teachers at Raleigh Hills communicate to students that they care for them and believe in their abilities to learn. On the same student survey, 91% of 4th and 5th graders report there is at least one adult who really cares about them. 98% of students either agree or strongly agree that their teachers believe they can learn. 91% of teachers on the 2018 TELL survey report that almost every student has the potential to do well on assignments. We will build on this foundation to design engaging, rigorous lessons that will encourage students to participate and will increase teacher collective efficacy. Our aim is to use these skills now and when we return to in-person instruction. We will use this year to hone our craft and return as a stronger staff who is well equipped to meet the emotional and academic needs of students who have experienced collective trauma.

Date of Last Revision: October 1, 2019


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