DADEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL CHOICE LETTER
August 2, 2012
Dadeville High School has a tradition of positive education experiences for its students. This is evidenced in the school meeting seventeen out of twenty AYP goals with Math being the strongest academic area. Graduation rate percentage also showed a marked increase from the previous reporting year. Dadeville High School students’ achievement scores are in the below average range when compared to Reeltown High School and Horseshoe Bend High School grades 9-12 in Reading for All Students subgroup. We are required by the U.S. Department of Education to notify our parents of our school’s improvement status at least fourteen days before the first day of school for this school year (2012-2013).
Adequate yearly progress, based upon last year’s test scores, was evaluated for 1,365 public schools, including 899 Title I schools. Statewide, 248 schools have been identified for School Improvement. Of those, 144 are Title I schools, compared to 137 last year.
Dadeville High School must offer School Choice, if a higher performing school of choice is available. Our school met goals in 17 areas out of 20, but did not achieve adequate yearly progress in Reading in the All Students, Black, and Free and Reduced subgroups, according to the state accountability plan that is aligned with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Dadeville High Schools has been identified for school improvement.
In light of this identification, the school will take the following steps to improve its status. The faculty and staff will work to strengthen classroom strategies related to raising student achievement and will introduce activities to involve parents in the school improvement process. The faculty at Dadeville High School participated in ARI-PALS training during the 2012 school year. Teachers will implement the strategies learned in daily classroom instruction. Dadeville High School staff refers identified students for Response to Instruction (RtI) providing extra instructional support as needed by the student. In addition, an enrichment/intervention class is scheduled daily for us to better meet the educational needs of each student. Additional study guides and other study tools will be provided, and teachers will avail themselves and their resources to students who wish to take advantage of any additional opportunities.
We encourage you to become involved in helping your child to be successful in school. Examples of how you may be more involved include asking about homework assignments, attending back-to-school nights to meet teachers, communicating regularly with your child’s teachers, serving on school committees when asked, and volunteering when possible.
This letter also serves as a notification to parents that all students at the school, because of School Improvement status, are eligible to transfer to a school that is not identified for school improvement. In this district, eligible schools to which students may transfer and their academic achievement are listed in the chart below.
If your child attends:
He/she may choose to transfer to:
Record of Achievement of Choice Schools
Dadeville High School (grades 9-12)
Reeltown High Schools (grades 9-12)
Made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in 2011 and 2012
Dadeville High School (grades 9-12)
Horseshoe Bend High School (Grades 9-12)
Made academic AYP for 2012 and did not make AYP for 2013 (Reading Special education, mathematics special education). The school is not in improvement.
If you choose the transfer option, your child will be transported to the choice school free of charge as long as the former school is designated as a School Improvement school. If the district budget isn’t enough to allow the district to transport every student whose parents request a transfer, federal law requires that the district give priority for transportation to the lowest achieving students from low-income families. These students also have a priority togetthefirstchoiceof receiving schools. The districtdeterminesincome basedoneligibility for free or reduced-price school lunches and student achievement based on the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test.
You can find more information about your transfer options by going to the district’s website http://www.tallapoosak12.org. Please complete the enclosed form and return to Dadeville High School by August 20, 2012. The Tallapoosa County Schools Superintendent’s Office will notify you when the choice option will take effect and when your child may start attending the choice school. Please contact the local board of education at (256) 825 1020 or the school at (256) 825 7848 if you have questions or need additional information.
Joseph C. Windle
Enclosures: 1. (Receiving Schools) Annual Accountability Results (One-Page Summaries)
2. School Choice Request Form
DADEVILL HIGH SCHOOL
SCHOOL CHOICE REQUEST FORM
Return to Dadeville High School no later than August 20, 2012
School Attending Now________________________________________________
I would like to take advantage of the School Choice option for my son/daughter.
Select a first and second choice from schools named in the letter. If you have only one preference, list only one school.
1st Choice: ______________________________________ (insert name of receiving school.)
2nd Choice: _____________________________________ (insert name of receiving school.)
Signature or Parent/Guardian Date
Daytime Telephone Number Evening Telephone Number
Remember: The Tallapoosa County Board of Education will notify you when the choice option will take effect and when your child may start attending the choice school.