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Grantee Name:

Moorpark Unified School District

Project Name:

Arroyo West Active Learning Academy and Campus Canyon Preparatory Academy

Project Director:

Stacey Lusche

Telephone:

(805) 378-6308

Email:

slusche@mrpk.org

Number of Schools Served:

2

Number of Students Served:

2,528

Year 1 Funding:

$852,025

Total (3-Year) Funding:

$2,286,419

Goals and Objectives: By the end of the project funding cycle, we expect to meet project objectives in the following goal areas:

  • Reduction of Hispanic minority group isolation at the magnet school and feeder schools.
  • Increased academic achievement. Students will increase proficiency in Math and English Language Arts; the achievement gap between significant racial/ethnic groups (Hispanic) will decrease.
  • Development of a school climate that embraces and fosters diversity and multiculturalism and contributes to the development and growth of all students.
  • Development of magnet themes and courses of instruction.
  • Increased District capacity for systematic reform; including trained teachers, equipment and supplies purchased, curriculum created, parent involvement strengthened, and successful components identified.

Magnet Schools: Arroyo West will be a K-5 Active Learning Academy that will provide a nontraditional, child-centered educational option to parents and children with emphasis on inquiry and project-based learning in a multi-graded classroom setting. Campus Canyon will be a K-8 College Preparatory Academy offering enriched learning opportunities throughout the day. They will partner will Moorpark College to raise student awareness of higher education and provide students with authentic opportunities to interact with and learn from college professors and students.

Number of Student Participants:
Arroyo West: Year One 346, Year Two 364, Year Three 387
Campus Canyon: Year One 394, Year Two 478, Year Three 559

Grantee Name:

Ventura Unified School District

Project Name:

De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts

Project Director:

Jeff Chancer

Telephone:

(805) 641-5000

Email:

jeff.chancer@venturausd.org

Number of Schools Served:

1

Number of Students Served:

800

Year 1 Funding:

$850,000

Total (3-Year) Funding:

$2,550,000

Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) created De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts, a comprehensive new middle school magnet program that will reduce minority groupisolation among middle school students and stimulate social, economic, and ethnic integration,through offering cutting-edge teaching and learning technology and innovative educationalpractices to attract and retain a diverse student population. The restructured school program wasdesigned by parents, community partners and educators to achieve eight critical goals under thefour annual performance measures required by this competition.

Goal 1. Reverse decliningenrollment at De Anza Middle School through voluntary desegregation to establish and maintainethnic and economic balance among district middle schools.
Goal 2. Reduce minority groupisolation at the new magnet school.
Goal 3. As minority group isolation is reduced, studentethnic distribution will be within 10% of District ethnic distribution by 2015.
Goal 4. Increase socialization and interaction among students of different social, economic, ethnic, linguistic and racial backgrounds.
Goal 5. Provide all students with the opportunity to meet challenging content and performance standards; students will meet or exceed State annual progress standards in reading/language arts and mathematics.
Goal 6: Increase parent choice and involvement.
Goal 7: Addresses means to sustain the magnet program beyond the grant funded period through community and business partnerships.
Goal 8: Increase district capacity to achieve and sustain systemic reforms.

The major project design elements are Technology, Visual and Performing Arts, and World Languages. De Anza Academy magnet school will educate 800 students by 2012-13. De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts' comprehensive magnet school project cannot be implemented optimally as designed without MSAP funds.

Grantee Name:

Los Angeles Unified School District

Project Name:

Magnet Schools Assistance Program

Project Director:

Estelle Luckett

Telephone:

(213) 241-6933

Email:

estelle.luckett@lausd.net

Number of Schools Served:

4

Number of Students Served:

1,533

Year 1 Funding:

$3,615,131

Total (3-Year) Funding:

$10,273,409

The Global Awareness Network Magnet Schools MSAP Grant project will promote desegregation by increasing interaction among students of different social, economic, ethnic and racial backgrounds. The Grant will also promote desegregation by creating multiple sustained opportunities for positive interactions with diverse student populations in unique project-based academic settings.

All Global Awareness Network Magnet Schools will commit to increase the percentage of students who reach proficient or advanced as measured by Adequate Yearly Progress. Instructional goals for all Global Awareness Network Magnet Schools support differentiated theme-based rigorous instruction designed to provide access to high levels of critical thinking, reasoning and standards-based instruction that parallel gifted standards.

Global Awareness Network Magnet Schools will improve instruction in academic subjects for all students and subgroups. Through project-based learning and inter-disciplinary study, specific content areas such as English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies will be embedded in theme-based units and contribute to overall academic growth. Magnet resource teachers will develop and assist with implementation of magnet theme-based curriculum.

All magnet teachers will participate in professional development aimed at increased academic achievement. Teachers will receive, on average, 30 hours of systemic reform professional development with their instructional partner(s). Instructional partners will facilitate theme related professional development units. Subsequently, an additional 30 hours of professional development will be completed at each magnet school site utilizing strategies learned during the partnership sessions to strengthen theme-based instruction. Teachers will participate in surveys to assess the level of school planning, then, establish benchmarks and targets for completing a high quality magnet theme-based course of study.

Parent participation will be monitored yearly to verify parent involvement in magnet theme-based curriculum. Parents are instrumental in encouraging students to achieve academic success as well as to take advantage of access to post-secondary opportunities.

The Global Awareness Network Magnet Schools for the 2010-2013 MSAP grant include:

  • Tom Bradley Academy for Global Awareness - Grades 1-5 (532 students)
  • Collins Center for Enriched Sciences (1-5) - Grades 1-5 (280 students)
  • Mid-City Center for Enriched Sciences (1-5) - Grades 1-5 (280 students)
  • Westside Global Awareness Academy (K-8) - Grades K-8 (441 students)
Grantee Name:

Napa Valley Unified School District

Project Name:

Napa Valley Unified School District Magnet Schools Assistance Program

Project Director:

Chuck Neidhoefer

Telephone:

(707) 253-3471

Email:

cneidhoefer@nvusd.k12.ca.us

Number of Schools Served:

4

Number of Students Served:

N/A

Year 1 Funding:

$2,591,864

Total (3-Year) Funding:

$6,626,187

In this proposal for MSAP funding, the Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD) intends to further its mission of "Transforming Lives by Instilling 21st Century Skills and Inspiring Lifelong Learning in Every Student" by creating four new elementary magnet schools. Our goal is to provide access and opportunity for every student to learn 21st century skills and to eliminate the achievement and opportunity gaps among students.

The proposed magnet schools will blend the District's goals as a Program Improvement District under No Child Left Behind to eliminate achievement gaps in core academic subjects through direct instruction with its goal to give all students the opportunity to acquire the 21st century skills of innovation; communication and collaboration; technology literacy; and interpersonal, life and career skills through project-based, inquiry learning methods.

The creation of magnet schools is also a critical component of NVUSD's Program and Facilities Master Plan goals of creating diversity by reducing minority group isolation, improving academic achievement and increasing school choice options. NVUSD's predominant minority group is Hispanic/Latino representing over half of all elementary enrollments in the District. Each of the proposed magnet schools is designed to reduce minority group enrollment at either the magnet school or specified feeder schools having predominantly minority group enrollments.

The schools and their specialized magnet themes are:

Math, Art, Science & Technology (MAST) at Alta Heights Elementary School. Alta Heights is a high performing school that does not have a predominant minority enrollment. Its proximity to three large Title I schools, one of which is a Program Improvement Year 5 school, will give students at those schools the opportunity to attend this higher performing school. Alta Heights has sufficient capacity for expansion and with implementation of the MAST magnet theme will attract students from these lower performing feeder schools.

International Baccalaureate- Primary Years Programme at Bel Aire Park Elementary School. Bel Air Park is a Title I Program Improvement Year 2 school. Attendance boundary changes, consolidation with an alternative school program on the same site and targeted recruitment strategies will be used to reduce minority group isolation at this school while implementation of the IB Primary Years Programme will improve academic achievement.

Environmental Sciences at Pueblo Vista Elementary School. Pueblo Vista is also a Title I Program Improvement Year 2 school. Like Bel Aire Park, attendance boundary changes, consolidation with an alternative school program on the same site and targeted recruitment strategies will be used to reduce minority group isolation at this school while implementation of the Environmental Sciences theme will improve student engagement and academic achievement.

Visual & Performing Arts at Salvador Elementary School. Salvador is a small, Title I predominantly minority enrolled school which is centrally located within the District. The school has capacity to expand its current arts integration program into a comprehensive Visual & Performing Arts magnet. Its central location is accessible to a diverse cross-section of the District and will expand opportunities for students from lower performing schools to attend this higher performing Title I school.

Grantee Name:

Glendale Unified School District

Project Name:

Magnet Schools Assistance Program of Glendale

Project Director:

Vickie Atikian Aviles

Telephone:

(818) 241-3111

Email:

vatikian@gusd.net

Number of Schools Served:

3

Number of Students Served:

6,651

Year 1 Funding:

$2,668,758

Total (3-Year) Funding:

$7,456,626

Major Project Goals and Objectives:

  • Reduction of minority group isolation
  • Academic achievement in English language arts and mathematics
  • Program implementation and capacity building
  • Theme-based proficiency
  • Thomas Edison Elementary School: technological literacy—ability to use technology for critical thinking, creative problem solving, communication, collaboration, and cross-cultural relationship building
  • Benjamin Franklin Elementary School: fluency and proficiency in foreign language of French, German, Italian, or Spanish—listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • Mark Keppel Elementary School: knowledge, skill, and/or attitudes related to visual and performing arts: artistic expression, creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing, and connections, relationships, and applications.
  • Parent participation and support
  • Cultural diversity

Names of Magnet Schools and Special Curricular Programs

  • Thomas Edison Elementary School: Technology both as a mode of learning and a means of intellectual exploration and creative expression
  • Benjamin Franklin Elementary School: Dual immersion programs in international languages and cultures—French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Mark Keppel Elementary School: Visual and performing arts taught as discrete skills and integrated into the curriculum as vehicles of instruction

Number of Students:

  • Edison: Year One—750, Year Two—782, Year Three—825, Total = 2,357
  • Franklin: Year One—454, Year Two—555, Year Three—651, Total = 1,660
  • Keppel: Year One—865, Year Two—867, Year Three—902, Total = 2,634
Grantee Name:

San Diego Unified School District

Project Name:

Authentic Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century

Project Director:

Carolyn Goohs

Telephone:

(619) 725-7158

Email:

cgoohs@sandi.net

Number of Schools Served:

2

Number of Students Served:

2,825

Year 1 Funding:

$2,608,180

Total (3-Year) Funding:

$7,249,462

The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Magnet Schools Assistance Project will significantly revise two existing magnet schools. SDUSD has identified project objectives and outcome indicators that are attainable, measurable and quantifiable.

(1) Promote voluntary desegregation by reducing racial and ethnic group isolation in secondary schools with substantial portions of minority students. Project staff will support MSAP schools in marketing and student recruitment;

(2) Implement systemic reforms and provide all students the opportunity to meet challenging State academic content standards and student academic achievement standards. The MSAP schools will develop comprehensive design plans that incorporate systemic reform principles;

(3) Develop and design innovative educational methods and practices that promote diversity and increase choice. The MSAP schools will map their STREAM IB magnet theme curriculum scope and sequence and will implement student learning support systems. STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. It broadens the well-known Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics theme (STEM) to focus on educating the whole child, and fits well into the International Baccalaureate pedagogy;

(4) Offer courses of instruction that substantially strengthen the knowledge of academic subjects and the attainment of tangible and marketable student skills. MSAP schools will implement rigorous curriculum aligned to the school's theme and promote parental involvement;

(5) Professional development will improve the district's capacity to continue operating the magnet schools. The project will provide professional development on diversity and youth development, instructional strategies, and on topics specific to each school's theme; and

(6) All students enrolled in the SDUSD MSAP magnet school programs will have equitable access to high quality education. Project activities include equitable selection of students into MSAP schools and classes, access to technology, and activities that promote career awareness and the development of career-related skills.

The two participating magnet schools are:

  • Mission Bay High School 9-12 Magnet. STREAM International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programs and will enroll 1,875 students by the third year of the project.
  • Roosevelt Middle School 6-8 Magnet. STREAM International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program and enroll 950 students by year 3 of the project.
Grantee Name:

ABC Unified School District

Project Name:

Magnet Schools Assistance Program

Project Director:

Mary Sieu

Telephone:

(562) 926-5566

Email:

mary.sieu@abcusd.k12.ca.us

Number of Schools Served:

3

Number of Students Served:

N/A

Year 1 Funding:

$2,023,192

Total (3-Year) Funding:

$5,541,674

The ABC Unified School District (ABCUSD), located in Southeast Los Angeles County, serves K-12 students who live in the communities of Artesia, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, East Lakewood, and a miniscule sliver of Long Beach. Total enrollment in 2009-10 is 20,282. Slightly over half of these (10,287) are enrolled in elementary schools (grades K-6); middle-school enrollment (grades 7-8) is 2,924.

          

ABCUSD's enrollment is 91.5% of minority background. Asians/Pacific Islanders are the largest group at 41.4%, followed closely by Hispanics at 39.6%. Significant proportions of these two subgroups are relatively recent immigrants; a total of 4,119 (20.3%) are English Learners. Since immigrants are very likely to settle in homogeneous ethnic neighborhoods where they feel culturally and linguistically comfortable, ABCUSD currently has five elementary sites and one middle school that are identifiably Asian/Pacific Islander and seven elementary schools and two middle schools that are identifiably Hispanic.

The district is therefore proposing to implement three new magnet schools at Aloha and Nixon Elementary Schools and Tetzlaff Middle School. Themes will be Aloha, health science; Nixon, visual and performing arts and multimedia; and Tetzlaff, a Pre-AP accelerated-learning academy. These schools will target their marketing to attract subgroups underrepresented on their campuses from schools at which those subgroups make up over 50% of site enrollments.

In ABCUSD, two subgroups have consistent difficulty meeting the rapidly rising State proficiency standards: EL (especially those of Spanish-speaking background) and socioeconomically disadvantaged students. Program designs all include extensive interventions for these children. Of the new magnet schools, Aloha, an identifiably "Hispanic" school is in year 2 of Program Improvement; one of its key objectives will be to exit this status by the end of the project term. Nixon and Tetzlaff are higher-performing schools eligible to receive NCLB transfers, whom they will recruit.

Grantee Name:

Desert Sands Unified School District

Project Name:

Carrillo Ranch and John F. Kennedy Elementary Schools

Project Director:

Michael Wilhite

Telephone:

(760) 771-8600

Email:

Michael.Wilhite@dsusd.us

Number of Schools Served:

2

Number of Students Served:

1,210

Year 1 Funding:

$1,284,840

Total (3-Year) Funding:

$3,446,328

The Desert Sands Unified School District (DSUSD) serves the communities of Indio, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, the unincorporated area of Bermuda Dunes, and Rancho Mirage, which are located approximately 120 miles east of Los Angeles in the Southern California desert. Racial/ethnic and socioeconomic characteristics vary greatly across the Desert Sands community, with minority populations concentrated in the east and a non-minority population in the west.

DSUSD will convert two existing sites in the city of Indio to magnet schools: Carrillo Ranch Elementary and John F. Kennedy Elementary. Carrillo Ranch, a six-year old state of the art facility built with the specific intention of converting to a magnet school, will implement a visual and performing arts theme. The curriculum will allow all students to participate in visual arts, drama, dance, and music. In addition, upper grade students will be learning the skills of audio/visual/technological production. John F. Kennedy, extensively modernized in 2009-2010, will implement a hands-on science and math magnet school. The science curriculum will focus on physical, life, and earth sciences. John F. Kennedy School will implement the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) model for instructional delivery and Singapore math at all grade levels.

Carrillo Ranch School has a current enrollment of 660 students and John F. Kennedy School has a current enrollment of 550 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Both schools have space to accept out-of-attendance-area students and are located near residential areas from which children could be drawn who would increase diversity in the two magnet schools' enrollments.


 
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