By Rick La Plante, New Haven Schools Director of Parent and Community Relations
The Board of Education on Tuesday night received a presentation outlining student success at Conley-Caraballo High, the District’s continuation and alternative education high school.
Principal Mireya Casarez, accompanied by virtually her entire staff, told the Board that all of them share the belief that “every single student in the building, no matter how or why they got there, is headed for college.” The school’s small size, she added, enables teachers to “get to know” students in a way “most teachers wish they could but can’t.”
Ms. Casarez noted that grade-point averages and attendance rates are the highest in five years and that the passage rate for CCHS students on the California High School Exit Exam is up 30 percent. She attributed the improvement to use of the Adolescence Literacy Model, emphasizing vocabulary and comprehension instruction, opportunities to discuss text meaning and interpretation, increased student motivation and individualized interventions for struggling readers.
Ms. Casarez also noted that the number of graduates has increased every year for the past four, from 33 in 2007 to 91 last year. She highlighted the school’s Advisory Program, focusing on goal-setting for students, and told the Board that participation in the school’s a monthly senior parent meetings has increased 10-fold. The school has sports, a mural project and a garden club, and a culinary arts program is now open onsite.