The mission of Woodmont High School is to serve at-risk, over-age, low performing high school students by providing them an opportunity to obtain a quality education and prepare them for successful transition to college and/or career opportunities, thereby guiding them on a path to success.
The best way to accomplish this mission is to design an academic program specifically for these students. As such, the School will provide its students with a blended model of customized and self-paced, technology-enhanced instruction integrated with Project Based Learning emphasizing academics, skills development, and social support in an environment that is responsive to students’ needs, thereby providing an educational experience that will lead to both high school and career success.
Woodmont High School, who is managed by Newpoint Education Partners, LLC (NP), will be implementing NP’s educational program. At-risk students have different needs, learn at different rates and have diverse learning styles which are not currently being addressed by traditional public schools and which cause many of these at-risk students to drop out of school in high school. In essence, the same thing the same way will simply not work for this population of students.
Curriculum and program components for the School have been chosen and designed to ease students from a traditional school environment where they have typically been unsuccessful into a learning environment that includes explicit instruction and an individualized approach to learning through innovative, proven methods.
Best pedagogical practices for adolescent learners will be incorporated in reading, mathematics, science, and social studies instruction. The reading curriculum will include the use of flexible reading strategies, written response, and metacognitive modeling, allowing students to reflect on reading strategies and monitor their comprehension while they read literature, narrative, and expository texts. Mathematics will incorporate direct instruction, guided practice, structured review, and continuous assessment, with ample opportunities for problem-solving and real-world connections. Social studies courses will utilize inquiry, analysis, evaluation, and research as students link the past to the present. In science, students will use the scientific method, inquiry, research, and virtual laboratories to explore life, earth and physical sciences.
Ample opportunities will be provided for students to delve into cross-curricular topics through an integrated curriculum approach so that students recognize that subject areas do not stand in isolation from one another. PBL projects may be done in one content area or as an over-reaching project across content-areas.