WTTW Digital Series on Selective Enrollment High School Admission – 5 students
I’ve been meaning to post this for a while – WTTW has done a nice web series on the SE enrollment process, following 5 kids from different elementary schools through the process. The episodes are a nice length – 15-18 minutes each, so it’s easy viewing.
The episodes are also on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfIA-s73kCM
Most of us know about the process already so that part won’t be as newsworthy, but the fascinating part is getting a glimpse at some of these schools (both elementary and high school.) I’ve noted a few episodes that are particularly interesting and some quotes/thoughts on them. This was really my first time seeing the Disney pods! charter schools, a turnaround school, and some of the SE High schools.
Episode 2 highlights the 5 students’ elementary schools:
Wilmette Junior High: “Every single kid in our class is a masterpiece.”
UNO (Charter:) “There’s a strong expectation of behavioral compliance.”
Disney (Magnet:) “You have 7 classrooms in a pod, without any walls. It’s essentially an open space.” (See the principal and the open spaces)
Marquette School of Excellence (AUSL/Turnaround:) We are in a very data-driven mindset because we want the students to grow. But data doesn’t just come from test scores, it comes from natural observation too.”
District 149 STEM, Calumet City – 1 building with 3 “small schools” within it: “What I want to do is make you the most employable kids in the country.”
Episode 6 shows several high school options (could be a great preview for 8th graders to understand what to expect a bit on the tours)
Golder College Prep (Noble Charter)
Episode 7 is about the administration at the elementary schools:
AUSL – Teachers have an open door policy for observation, teachers share feedback with each other to help each other improve, share best practice
UNO – I’m sorry, I can’t get past the principal phrasing everything like it’s a question?
Wilmette Junior High – just skip past the stuff about their arts program and new science lab or you’ll cry
Disney – Arts CPS-style, looks fun
STEM Cal City – The superintendent discusses Urban Prep wanting to open a charter in the district
I haven’t watched through the end yet to see what happens with the kids. If you comment, please remember that these are real kids/families, so no judgy comments about them.
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