Central High School Annual Education Report
April 22, 2016
Dear Parents and Community Members:
We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2014-15 educational progress for the Central High School. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and state laws. The school’s report contains information about student assessment, accountability, and teacher quality. Please contact Instructional Services Director Mary Jane Evink at 616.850.5075 if you need assistance.
The AER is available for you to review electronically here, or you may review a copy in the main office at your child’s school.
Our challenges continue to be the economic hardship we deal with at this school on a daily basis. Currently, over 74 percent of our student population receives "free or reduced lunch". Coupled with the fact that nearly 20 percent of our current student population is "homeless", we have some unique challenges and barriers to overcome with our students. Our key initiatives at Central High School include, but are not limited to the following:
According to Dr. Ruby Paine in her work “Building the Bridge out of Poverty”, the only thing that truly works when working with an individual stuck in the poverty cycle is a "one to one relationship" with a role model who can work with the individual to overcome the barriers of poverty. Currently at Central High School, we have over 30 students involved in a one to one mentoring program with individuals from our community. Local school board members, business leaders, our school principal, and our retired superintendent are examples of the individuals who work with our students an hour a week in a one on one environment. The program is showing tremendous impact. Nearly all students involved in the mentoring program see a tremendous gain in their overall grade point average, with some gains approaching 300 percent. We are very encouraged by the results of the mentoring program and hope to one day have the opportunity to connect all of our students with a mentor.
Central High School provides students who are currently attending a comprehensive traditional local high school an educational alternative if they seek this change, but that is not when the alternatives end for our students. Students who do not find success at Central High School have two more alternatives with our Career Development Program and the Grand Haven Cyber School.
- Career Development is a program designed for students who are 18 or 19 years of age, and who, due to circumstances, cannot continue the pursuit of a high school diploma and must find a means to secure a credential necessary for work place or academic advancement. The program is designed for students to successfully navigate the demands of the Graduation Equivalency Diploma.
- Grand Haven Cyber School - "anytime, anywhere" is truly the motto of this educational opportunity. The Cyber School program is designed for those students who need to complete the requirements of high school graduation, but would like an alternative to a traditional school program. The students who attend this program participate in a rigorous curriculum that challenges and prepares them for post-secondary opportunities and results, upon completion of the program, in high school graduation.
State law requires that we also report additional information.
Central High School students are assigned to our building by geographic boundaries as well as schools of choice requests.
3 - 5 Year School Improvement
We are currently in year 4 of our current 5 year plan.
Parent – Teacher Conferences
In 2014-2015, 55 percent in the fall and the spring were represented by parents/guardians at parent-teacher conferences. In 2013-2014, 72 percent in the fall and 69 percent in the spring were represented by parents/guardians at parent-teacher conferences.
Michigan State Standards
Grand Haven Area Public Schools has joined the state of Michigan in adopting Michigan's State Standards which include the Common Core State Standards. We continue to transition from the Grade Level Content Expectations and High School Content Expectations to fully adopt a more rigorous curriculum in English Language arts, math, and science. We will use the state standards in social studies until new standards are adopted. A copy of the core curriculum, its implementation, and how it may vary from state curriculum can be accessed by contacting the Office of Instructional Services at 616.850.5075.
Central High School continues to offer students high quality educational alternatives for successful completion of the high school graduation requirements. Central High School, recognized by US News and World Report as a "Bronze Medal" school in 2013, is a program designed to wrap itself around the "whole student" and providing them with opportunities to assist them with their basic needs so that academics can flourish. In 2015, Harvard University, along with the nationally recognized, "Caring Schools Initiative", began partnering with Central High School to continue the work and improve our school for our students and community. The work done at Central High School not only impacts our community today, but impacts our community for many years ahead. Since 2006, over 400 students have taken advantage of Central High School and earned a high school diploma.
Paul Kunde, Principal
Central High School