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School Learning Plan

Highland Park Middle School


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District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.

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WE Expect Excellence
  • WE teach students knowledge and skills for our evolving world.
  • WE seek, support, and recognize world-class employees.
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WE Innovate
  • WE engage students with a variety of relevant and challenging learning experiences.
  • WE create learning environments that promote student achievement.
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WE Embrace Equity
  • WE build honest, safe, and inclusive relationships with our diverse students and their families.
  • WE provide needed support so that every student succeeds.
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WE Collaborate
  • WE work and learn in teams to understand student needs and improve learning outcomes.
  • WE partner with our community to educate and serve students.

Our Story:

Highland Park Middle School is a community of caring adults and students.  Highland Park’s staff is dedicated and works to connect with students and build lasting relationships so  they can encourage positive academic and personal growth. Teachers and families have returned to Highland Park; our multigeneration membership contributes to the positive culture and investment in the community.

Academics:

Students at HPMS attend six classes. Humanities classes meet for 80 minutes. Math, Science, PE/Health, and Electives meet for 40 minutes, and Advisory meets for 20 minutes. All classes are in Comprehensive Distance Learning at this time.

In 2019 49% of our students met benchmarks in math which is down 2% from the year prior.  64% of our students met benchmarks in ELA, which is up 6% from the year prior.  Testing was not done in 2020 due to distance learning.

As a community, we embrace AVID and STEAM.  As an AVID school, we prioritize WICOR strategies in every classroom.  Critical reading and writing are emphasized in every class, which we believe to be reflected in the improvement in ELA scores.  All of our students participate in daily advisory, during which they learn collaboration, organization, and SEL skills in order to help prepare them for success now and in high school. 

 

Climate and Culture:

At HPMS, our commitment to reflecting on our practices and improving outcomes for all students is our strength.  We have over 30 languages represented, have 31% of our population on Free and Reduced Lunch, 22% of HPMS students do not have English as their first language.

All of our staff participate in monthly equity professional development and learning teams.  We are committed to identifying barriers to success for our most marginalized students both through CDL and our eventual return to in person learning.  Through the summer prior to this school year, we had an active Equity Leadership Team which met weekly to plan our equity professional development for the year.  The commitment of this team which includes teachers, classified, and administrative staff  is representative of the collective efficacy we have as a school community aimed at eliminating structures and practices that perpetuate disproportionate outcomes.

 

Scope and purpose of our goals:

We recognize that the problems we are seeking to solve involve systemic issues and include social structures beyond Highland Park MS.  We also recognize our unique opportunity and responsibility to be part of the solution to systemic inequities.  Attainment of goals outlined below will not solve these greater issues, but we seek to improve the outcomes over which we do have control.  We will make progress, however this is a process that we will continue to engage in throughout this year and beyond.  

Date of Last Revision: October 1, 2019