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SIG Grant Award Recipient

Harper Woods High School receives a 3 year grant for $3,978,683

We are excited to announce that Harper Woods High School has been awarded the School Improvement Grant (SIG) from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).  We were one of 24 schools statewide that received funds.  The goal of this grant is to help increase student achievement and improve teaching and learning for all students.   

About the School Improvement Grant

The schools eligible for the SIG were identified by student achievement and academic growth based on state testing data from the 2007-10 school years.  Districts with eligible schools had to submit a detailed school improvement plan using one of four improvement models required by the U.S. Department of Education.  SIG funds must be used to provide federal Title I allowable school programming and activities.

A SIG team including administrators, teachers and community members worked diligently to craft this document.  It was also reviewed and approved by the Board of Education before it was submitted.  This plan, which has now been formally approved by the MDE, will serve as our guide in improving how we serve your child each day.

Our pledge is to work each day toward ensuring all children are successful.  Our grant application was designed to provide academic and social support for ALL students.  We will address the needs of our struggling students while also supporting advanced learning opportunities and structures for students who are performing well.  Each student on this campus will have a rigorous learning environment as well as all the necessary support to ensure that they can meet and exceed state standards!   

The grant application allows us to support organizational needs in a variety of ways.  A few highlights include:

Programming for students:

  1. City Year program   
  2. The Learning Center (before and after school learning resource center for students)
  3. “Hands-on” Technology for students (Laptops, e-book readers, etc)
  4. Advisory class (provides a staff advocate to support academic achievement)
  5. College Summit for Juniors and Seniors
  6. Advanced Placement and Online Learning Supports

Resources for students and families

  1. Addition of Parent/Community Engagement Specialist
  2. Focus on building and supporting mechanisms for communication with parents

Resources for staff:

  1. Addition of Instructional Specialists in Reading and Math
  2. Professional Development for all staff

This is a wonderful time to be a part of Harper Woods.  The staff has been working extremely hard this year to improve instruction and also ascertain resources that will allow us to support ALL of our students.