Annual Education Report

Academy West Alternative High School 

3400 N. Jennings Rd. Flint, Mi 48504 

PH: 810-591-0123 

Grant Roe, Principal 


2020-21 

School Annual Education Report (AER) Cover Letter 




February 11, 2021 


Dear Parents and Community Members: 


We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2019-20 educational progress for Academy West. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and state laws. The school’s report contains information about student assessment, accountability, and teacher quality. If you have any questions about the AER, please contact Mr. Grant Roe, Principal, for assistance at (810) 591-0123. 


The AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following link https://bit.ly/374PEs6 , or you may review a copy in the main office at Academy West Alternative High School. 


For the 2019-20 school year, schools were identified using definitions and labels as required in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). A Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) school is one that has at least one underperforming student subgroup. An Additional Targeted Support (ATS) school is one that has a student subgroup performing at the same level as the lowest 5% of all schools in the state. A Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) school is one whose performance is in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state or has a graduation rate at or below 67%. Some schools are not identified with any of these labels. In these cases, no label is given. 


Academy West was identified as a Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) school based on 2016-17 data. The school was identified as performing in the lowest 5% of schools on the state. Academy West has operated as a C.S.I. school partnering with the Genesee Intermediate School District since the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. 


The results from the school index report were used to drive the development of the school improvement plan. The plan identifies annual measurable objectives that will serve as strategic targets as well as strategies that will be used to reach those targets. Three key areas have been identified as areas of need for Academy West students. Math proficiency and growth, Reading proficiency and growth and graduation rate are the focus areas for the program. Specific strategies in place to address each of these priorities include: 

· Staff professional development on educating at-risk students 

· Student mentoring 

· Identifying cohort groups to help remove barriers to on-time graduation 

· Enrichment Fridays to build the whole student 

· Four day school week with extra time for tutoring and one-on-one instruction 

· Instructional support from the Genesee ISD math and ELA coaches 

· CSI intervention support staff 


State law requires that we also report additional information. 


1. PROCESS FOR ASSIGNING PUPILS TO THE SCHOOL 

Students are referred to Academy West Alternative for a variety of reasons. Students who are deficient in credits or who have had their education interrupted for any reason can benefit from the alternative schedule and curriculum that Academy West offers. Some students choose to enroll here that may feel out of place at traditional high schools. Students do not need to reside in district to attend. To enroll parents/guardians fill out enrollment papers, records request form, home language survey, and provide a copy of birth certificate, transcripts, and behavior report. Please contact the office at (810) 591-0123 for assistance. 


2. THE STATUS OF THE 3-5 YEAR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN 

The Academy West school improvement plan is updated regularly to continue to meet the needs of our students and improve the areas of needed growth while following State and district guidelines. Our goals include: 

· Improving reading comprehension and growth 

· Improving math proficiency and growth 

· Increasing our graduation rates 

· Providing a safe and healthy learning environment 

· A well-rounded education involving all core areas and enrichment activities. 

Academy West offers two programs, our traditional on-site blended learning environment with teacher led instruction as well as Westwood Virtual Academy, a partnership with MyVirtual Academy in which students complete virtual courses through a board approved online program. 


3. A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF EACH SPECIALIZED SCHOOL 

Academy West Alternative High School does not have any specialized schools. 


4. IDENTIFY HOW TO ACCESS A COPY OF THE CORE CURRICULUM, A DESCRIPTION OF ITS IMPLEMENTATION, AND AN EXPLANATION OF THE VARIANCES FROM THE STATE’S MODEL 

Curriculum is developed and implemented accordingly with the Michigan Common Core Curriculum including 18 core credits and 4 elective credits. For a copy of the core curriculum, please contact the office. 



5. THE AGGREGATE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT RESULTS FOR ANY LOCAL COMPETENCY TESTS OR NATIONALLY NORMED ACHIEVEMENT TESTS 

Academy West students are functioning below the county and state levels in all academic areas on the S.A.T and M-Step Assessments. Specific strategies are being implemented to address these areas of need. 


6. IDENTIFY THE NUMBER AND PERCENT OF STUDENTS REPRESENTED BY PARENTS AT PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES 

Academy West has limited participation at Parent-Teacher conferences. Parents at conferences represent less than 10% of our students. To accommodate this, teachers make weekly parent contacts for students who are struggling academically or behaviorally. 


7. FOR HIGH SCHOOLS, ONLY ALSO REPORT ON THE POSTSECONDARY ENROLLMENTS (DUAL ENROLLMENT and AP/IB) 

Academy West does not offer dual enrollment or AP/IB classes at this time. 

In closing, we are happy to share this information with you as we move forward in our process of improving academic performance at Academy West. Rather than shy away from the challenges before us, our teachers and staff consider this an opportunity to grow and develop our program into an educational support network that produces positive outcomes for our students. We love to hear new students explain that they enroll with us because of a family member or friend’s success at Academy West. 


Sincerely, 



Grant Roe 

Principal, Academy West Alternative High School

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