Richard K. Watts Principal 1215 N. Cameron Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC (Office)

Richard K. Watts Principal 1215 N. Cameron Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC (Office) Housed in the historic Atkins High School Opened as a 6-12th grade facility in Supported by the
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Richard K. Watts Principal 1215 N. Cameron Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC (Office) Housed in the historic Atkins High School Opened as a 6-12th grade facility in Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Thurgood Marshall College Fund Maintains a partnership with Winston Salem State University Faculty and Staff 100% Highly Qualified Effective staff retreats to develop skills Positive moral among staff-which filters down to students New Principal-2 nd year A family environment-close relationships with staff due to small numbers Student Enrollment High School Grades Middle Grades 12 th 43 8 th th 63 7 th th 30 6 th th - 43 Total -313 Students WSPA offers small class sizes with an average of 20 students per Teacher. WSPA Curriculum Follows the NC Standard Course of Study Rigorous Relevant Relationship All 9 th -12 th grade students are enrolled in the College/University Prep Course of Study Foreign Language Courses Honors Courses Advance Placement Courses Advanced Technology Wireless labs Laptops available for at home use Extra Curricular Activities Spanish Club Drama Club Journalism Male/Female Leadership Group Yearbook Crosby Scholars Teens that Care JV/Varsity Basketball JV/Varsity Cheerleading Volleyball Cross Country Track Soccer Gospel Choir WSPA Features Special Interest Friday Middle Grades Crocheting, African-Dance, Book-Club, Recorders, Aerobics, Decoupage, Cooking, Weightlifting, Theatre Arts, Science Explorers, and Cartooning Wellness Center Clinic One of three in Forsyth County Social Worker & Nurse Model WSPA Academic Highlights One of two high schools in the county to make AYP High growth among middle grades math Highest graduation rate in Forsyth County- 95% Seniors were awarded over $1.2 million in scholarships. Out of 67 graduates, 55 enrolled in a 4 year college, and 9 enrolled in a 2 year college (with a college transfer program.) WSPA Sports Highlights 2008 NCHSAA 1A State Champions for Boys Varsity Basketball 2008 NCHSAA 1A State Champions for Girls Track Team Admission Criteria Transcript (High School) or Most recent Report Card (Middle School) EOG Test Scores Attendance Profile Discipline Profile IEP, 504, etc (If applicable) One-page Student Essay explaining your interest. (Must be hand written by applicant.) Application (Please pick up from WSPA.) Imagine a school of 313 students where no one gets lost in the crowd. A school that expects all students to go to college and no one gets by with mediocre work. A school that offers rigorous courses, and no one is unprepared for college. Come and explore your possibilities at Key Accomplishments of the Past Year 1 st Graduating Class Senior class Notebooks Senior Meetings/Workshops with Parents Financial Aid Workshop 96% of Seniors took the SAT or ACT Senior Awards Day (Well attended, & everyone very complimentary) Well attended Graduation Ceremony everyone very complimentary Career Day Academic Revival PSAT to all 9 th 11 th grade students Safe school environment (no crime, weapons, and few fights English I Significant reduction in OSS Areas that Require Improvement or Didn t Meet Our Expectations More Vertical Alignment (6-12 th ) Essential Questions Activities that went beyond the classroom Community Service Staff Development More Elective Courses Unable to offer courses due to lack of teach allotment (during Spring registration) Academic Rigor Recruitment efforts Collaboration and Coordination of Middle Grades Scheduling to include study skills and corrective reading prior to the first week of school Allowance of flexibility of math courses for high 6 th 12 th grades. Plans to Make Improvements Next Year Focus on powerful teaching and learning Refine application process and recruitment Change& Update Increase student enrollment More inclusion, team teaching, station teaching, & co-teaching Use goal summary sheets, evaluations, & quarter tests to improve instruction and provide benchmarks Making teachers, students, and administration accountable to ensure success at WSPA Provide intensive intervention for students below grade level in all areas Provide more staff development for teachers seeking ways to improve lesson plans, instruction, motivation
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