At the final meeting of the GISH Visioning Team and the District Management Group on Tuesday, a vision statement and goals were moved forward for recommendation, as was the concept of Preparatory Academies for Grand Island Senior High. The district is focused on getting a 100% preparation rate for our students; the Preparatory Academy model will accomplish this.
The vision statement for GISH the group is recommending:
Grand Island Senior High ensures a 21st Century Learning Environment to support personalized learning experiences that foster individual growth and resiliency for success in high school, college, and career.
Preparatory Academies will help make this vision a reality. There remains many details to be worked out and much research, planning and design to take place. The Preparatory Academies, though, will be centered around the Nebraska Career-Readiness Standards through Nebraska Department of Education. There are six career clusters GIPS will use to model the Preparatory Academies:
- Business, Marketing and Management
- Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
- Communications and Information Systems
- Human Services and Education
- Health Sciences
- Skilled and Technical Trades
Each Preparatory Academy will offer defined path for students who intend to:
- Attend a four-year university and pursue a bachelor's degree and beyond.
- Attend a two-year community college or technical/trade school and pursue an associate's degree or equivalent industry certification.
- Go directly into the workforce after high school or enter the military.
The AP Program and dual credit opportunities will be embedded into every Preparatory Academy.
GIPS will be relying on GISH staff for expertise in planning, solving issues and owning the Preparatory Academies model. There will be a number of new professional learning needs presented with the new model the district will develop and provide.
While there is much to determine, we do know EVERY individual will have a relevant school experience. Students will be more engaged in exploring their passions.
For more on the GISH Visioning process, click here.