Good Rural High School Case Study: Sicily Island High School, Sicily Island, Louisiana

Last Updated: December 01, 2004

Sicily Island High School

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Beating the Odds

Rubrics for Observations
and Assessment

This case study uses the Rural School and Community Trust developed Good Rural High School Rubrics for Observations and Assessment to analyze Siciliy Island High School, Sicily Island, Louisiana against the following principles:

Principle 1. Curriculum and Instruction.
Students do sustained academic work that draws upon and contributes to the place in which they live. Content and strategies are rigorous, authentic and expansive, engaging every student in a personalized learning environment at the highest level of his or her capabilities and preparing each child well for college, work and citizenship.

Principle 2. Community Connectedness.
The school is situated and structured such that it is connected to the community on multiple levels. The school and community actively collaborate to make the local place a good one in which to learn, work, live and play.

Principle 3. Democratic Practice.
Schools mirror the democratic values they seek to instill. All stakeholders' voices are heard, validated and honored in the decision-making processes affecting them.

Principle 4. Supporting Structures.
School policies, calendars and resources are arranged to maximize community involvement, ensure student academic success, and provide teachers the means to succeed.

Principle 5. Staffing.
School staffing resources are adequate; staff is competent, caring and aligned to meet stated goals.

Principle 6. Facilities.
Facilities are clean, safe, orderly, and well equipped to support rigorous academic goals and co-curricular activities.

Principle 7. Leadership.
School leaders provide competent and knowledgeable management that supports teaching and learning at high levels.