Strategies for Enhancement and Intervention Differentiation of Instruction “Differentiated Instruction is responsive instruction. It occurs as teachers become increasingly proficient in understanding their students as individuals, increasingly comfortable with the meaning and structure of the disciplines they teach, and increasingly expert at teaching flexibly in order to match instruction to student need with the goal of maximizing the potential of each learner in a given area.”
“Teachers who differentiate instruction are quite aware of the scope and sequence of curriculum prescribed by their state, district, and school. They are also aware that the students in their classrooms begin each school year spread out along a continuum of understanding and skill. These teachers’ goal is to maximize the capacity of each learner by teaching in ways that help all learners bridge gaps in understanding and skill and help each learner grow as much and as quickly as he or she can.”
After-School Tutorial Program The Division will provide an after-school tutorial program for selected students in the third, fourth, and fifth grades who will take the Virginia Standards of Learning Tests in the spring. The selection of students is based on academic performance. The tutoring sessions are designed to provide additional instruction in reading, math, science, and social studies to prepare students for the state SOL Tests.
Elementary Summer Remedial Program Henry County Schools is committed to giving students every opportunity to be successful learners. The elementary summer remedial program is designed to give the additional time and individualized attention needed by some students to ensure their success. An elementary ELL summer remedial program is also available to English language learners who are level 1 or 2. Students attend school for three weeks in July from 8:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch is served and transportation is provided.
Middle School Summer Enrichment Program Henry County Public Schools understands the importance of offering enrichment opportunities to our youth during the summer months. A summer program is designed at the middle school level to target students that need additional resources for success during the school year. Students are identified that have scored lower than a 425 on the Virginia Standards of Learning for 6th & 7th Grade Math and English courses. Students that meet these qualifications are encouraged to attend a 3 week summer school program to strengthen their academic foundation before entering the next grade level.
Students are assigned to work with English and Math teachers on a 10:1 ratio to provide the one-on-one instructional support that will foster academic success.
High School Summer School Program The High School Summer Program provides for credit courses to be taken in order for students who qualify as graduating seniors to repeat courses not successfully completed during the regular school year. Graduating seniors will be eligible to enroll in more than one class if needed to meet graduation requirements. Courses are taught using both direct teaching model and on-line coursework. Each course will meet for five hours one day a week. Students will complete on-line assignments and additional coursework. The on-line assignments are designed to meet the necessary number of hours of instruction. On alternate days, students may utilize the computer labs to complete assignments. Upon successful completion of the required courses necessary for graduation, students will participate in a graduation ceremony.
Summer 9th Grade Transition Program Each high school principal will work collaboratively with middle school administration and staff to develop the Ninth Grade Transition Plan. In addition to the information about high school life and opportunities, there are team building and hands-on activities.
8-Plus Program Henry County Schools recognizes the importance of having students complete their course of study in a timely and productive manner. The 8-Plus Program will focus on eighth grade students that have not successfully completed eighth grade requirements in reading and mathematics. The program will consist of a mandatory six-week summer academy and a curriculum that allows students who successfully complete the program to enter high school. Students that require additional time in 8-Plus will be eligible to enter high school beginning the second semester with two high school credits earned in the 8-Plus Program.
Commonwealth Scholars Program Commonwealth Scholars is a project of the Virginia Career Education Foundation (VCEF), a statewide business-education partnership, and the Office of Vocational and Adult Education of the US Department of Education. The Commonwealth Scholars Program encourages students, starting in the eighth grade, to take challenging courses throughout their four-year high school career. The goal of the Commonwealth Scholars Core Course of Study is to provide a sound foundation for all students so that they will have more options upon graduation from high schools. The Commonwealth Scholars Core Course of Study is listed in the Henry County Schools Program of Studies section of the Website: www.henry.k12.va.us.
Students enrolling in Dual Enrollment courses can earn college credit while in high school. Many of these course credits can be transferred to a degree–granting institution. Grades are awarded according to the policies of the college, and credit earned for the courses taken may sometimes be transferred to other public colleges in Virginia. Henry County High school students are eligible to take Dual Enrollment courses through Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC). Students enrolling in dual enrollment classes must be prepared for demands of a college course, must complete the required college application materials, must take the required placement test prior to admission in a course, and pay required tuition costs established by the community college. When considering dual enrollment, students should talk with admissions offices at the colleges they are considering enrolling in to make sure that they will accept credit transfers. The Dual Enrollment course offerings are listed in the Henry County Schools Program of Studies section of the Website: www.henry.k12.va.us.
Advanced Placement Courses
Advanced Placement is a College Board program that offers students an opportunity to take college-level courses while they are enrolled in high school. All high schools in Henry County Schools participate in the Advanced Placement program. Advanced Placement courses are offered in several curriculum areas. Additional Advanced Placement courses are available to all students in the state of Virginia via Virtual Virginia. Advanced placement courses are recommended for students who are willing to accept the challenge of a rigorous academic curriculum. The degree of difficulty, workload, and time required are equivalent to an introductory college course. Students and parents should work closely with counselors to ensure that their four-year Academic Plan of Study includes the prerequisites and subsequent advanced courses. Upon completion of an advanced placement class, students are required to take the AP examination. High scores on the AP exam can earn a student college credit at major universities. The Advanced Placement course offerings are posted in the program of studies section of the Website: www.henry.k12.va.us.
Early College Scholars
The Early College Scholars program allows eligible high school students to earn at least 15 hours of transferable college credit while completing the requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma. The result is a more productive senior year and a substantial reduction in college tuition. Students earning a college degree in seven semesters instead of eight can save an average of $5,000 in expenses.
To qualify for the Early College Scholars Program a student must:
Have a “B” average or better
Be pursuing an Advanced Studies Diploma; and
Take and complete college-level course work (i.e., Advanced Placement, or dual enrollment) that will earn at least 15 transferable college credits
ACE Academy (Accelerated College Education Academy)
ACE Academy—Accelerated College Education Academy is a partnership between Patrick Henry Community College and Henry County Schools. Rising Juniors, who are ready for the challenge of college coursework, will have an opportunity to earn an Associate Degree in general studies while completing their high school program of study.
Piedmont Governor’s School for Mathematics, Science and Technology
The Piedmont Governor's School for Mathematics, Science, and Technology is one of Virginia's 18 state-initiated magnet Governor’s Schools. It is a half-day school program where 11th and 12th grade students take advanced classes in the morning (receiving their remaining classes from their home high school.) The School does not have a classroom facility of its own. Instead, Henry County students travel to Patrick Henry Community College to take courses offered by the program.
Response to Intervention Response to Intervention (RTI) is an approach of early intervention to meet the needs of struggling learners. The key objective in RTI is to select an instructional strategy that matches a student’s specific needs. In the RTI model, a student with academic delays is given one or more research-validated interventions. The student's academic progress is monitored frequently to see if those interventions are sufficient to help the student. If the student fails to show significantly improved academic skills despite several well-designed and implemented interventions, this failure to 'respond to intervention' can be viewed as evidence of an underlying Learning Disability.
Virtual Virginia Virtual Virginia which includes the Virginia Virtual Advanced Placement School provides a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses, enabling students to earn college credit, regardless of their high school’s ability to offer college-level courses. The course listings are posted in the course catalog section of the Web site: www.virtualvirginia.org. The course listings for the 2009-2010 academic year will be available by December 15, 2008.
Middle School students in grades six, seven, and eight have an opportunity to attend a summer camp held at the Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration. The summer camp is known as Camp CATCE. Students attend a weeklong camp session in June or July. The school district provides tuition, transportation, and other related costs. Camp CATCE students explore various career options. Students are introduced to problem-based activities that require them to seek answers to real-world problems. The center uses state-of-the-art technology as a teaching and information-processing tool. The Camp’s corporate look and feel is a part of an intentional design to expose students to a type of work environment with which they are not already familiar. Each career area is taught by both a master teacher with expertise in designing learning activities and a content expert who has worked in a career field. Students spend their weeklong camp experience in one of the following career fields: Arts, Aviation & Aerospace, Engineering/Architectural Design, Environmental/Natural Resources, Finance, Health and Human Resources, Legal Science, and Media Design/TV Production.