Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Talking about the Botique Schools of IB, U-Prep, and Sci-Tech

Some insights from another parent and education advocate.
PURE Reform - Parents United for Responsible Educational Reform... We should avoid settling for a makeshift arrangement and should instead strive for one that is logical, balanced and will stand the test of time as conditions continue to change in ways that we at this time may not even begin to imagine.
The idea is to form a central high school with different campus settings.

Rather than open new schools for smaller groups of students -- a financial boondogle perhaps when it comes to UN-Rightsizing and Re-Segregation as well -- join them.

They want to open a Science and Technology school, plus a University Prep school, plus a school devoted to the International Baccalaureate model.

The counter plan is to open one school that has all three of those as options for students. I see this as an IB wing or IB campus, plus a Sci-Tech wing / campus and an U-Prep wing / campus. But the overall umbrella of the program would be Schenley -- reborn.


Annette Werner said...

Actually there could be three separate schools- that seems to be something the administration very much favors, each school with its own culture, principal, etc; but by joining for sports and activities students would have access to a much wider range of activities than they will ever have w/ just sci tech and U Prep in the Oakland area. Realistically what is the chance of U prep fielding a swim team, or sci tech w/ a football team; or of another youth & government program for these two small schools; or a photography club for ex available at any of these schools? Also if a HS sport was for ex being played in the large school gym, the gyms at the other two schools would be freed up for a middle school sport.

Annette Werner said...

Oh and just as important as the "central mecca" of schools w/ a particular academic focus being near university partners is the idea that every effort should be made to provide students in all areas with a "local option" that they and their parents can readily access (if not by walking then by an easy public transportation route)- essential for engagement of families who may not have cars.