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Innovations Early College High School

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School Description

Our mission is to provide a student centered, personalized education through the power and scalability of technology to customize education where students will be able to learn in their unique manner, where constraints of traditional classrooms and barriers to educational innovation are removed. We provide a blended learning environment, mixing the flexibility of a digital curriculum with the structure and guidance of a traditional classroom experience, where students may accelerate their learning. We also provide the online high school experience where students are online with us during the school day.

Innovations Early College High School allows students to build their own schedules, selecting courses from the digital curricula on the Canvas platform administered on Innovations High School campus, the local community college, the district’s career and technical center, and the district’s traditional high schools. If Innovations does not offer a course on our campus, students can take a course at another high school within the school district. There are buses that transport students to and from Innovations High School to the neighboring schools every class period. 

Student Experience

Students enroll in digital courses and have some flexibility to choose what classes they will be working on. Teachers deliver face-to-face instruction in class meetings, one-on-one, and small group meetings. Class meetings are provided for all courses. Students are enrolled in PowerSchool in classes with required meetings and attendance is taken. Students work on specific subjects during designated periods during the school day and have “Independent Study” time to seek help in any or all of their classes, make up assignments or tests that they may have missed due to absences, have additional time to work on their classroom projects or homework, or work ahead of pace. Tutors are also available to assist.

Each student will be assigned a mentor teacher. Students work with their mentor teacher every morning during Advisory (Period 11 - See Bell Schedule) in their classroom. Students will meet one-one-one with their mentor teacher to track pace, set goals, and receive support. 

Our Program Model is Personalized Competency-Based Education (PCBL) www.schools.utah.gov

Innovations provides:

Culture of Learning:  Each learner is supported by communities committed to creating the culture, and practices that engage them in college, career and life readiness. Creating an inclusive culture of learning allows each learner to define their pathway to success. This is reflected in our POLAR Values of being Proactive, Open-minded, Learning, Autonomous and Responsible.

Learner Agency:  Learner agency is achieved through a broad range of instructional strategies including goal setting, choice in learning pathways, voice in how to demonstrate competency, and learner self-assessment. Students decide how to use the elements of:

Time – School hours are 8:45 am to 3:15 pm.  Based on the student’s needs, the hours can adjust for bus schedules, game times and courses on other campuses.

Path - There are many options for students at Innovations. Students work with their mentor to create a customized graduation plan.

Place - Students choose what classroom they want to work in during the school day for Independent Study where they feel most comfortable or attend online. Some teachers will have class times or small group meetings within the courses.

Pace - Students move at their own pace within the courses as long as they are keeping up with the traditional high school completion rate, and may accelerate their learning. 

Demonstrated Competency and Assessment: Students receive timely, effective feedback, and data from a variety of formative assessment processes measures learner growth, progress, and advancement based on high expectations. Students can show competency to get credit for some courses.

Customized Support: The combination of the mentor teacher, classroom teachers, and tutors provide many options to support students.

Social/Emotional Learning (SEL): Students acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set goals, feel and show empathy, build positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and advocate for themselves.

District Vision

All Salt Lake City School District schools are committed to the district’s vision of Excellence and Equity: every student, every classroom, every day. In keeping with this vision, our schools offer academically rigorous classes based on the Utah Core curriculum, hold high expectations for all students, respond to individual student needs, and provide a safe and healthy environment for student learning. Some schools may also offer individual learning options for students. 

Please note: In the Salt Lake City School District, JROTC is available to all high school students and is housed at West High School. Also, some classes offered at Innovations may be held at the adjoining Salt Lake Community College campus or at other district high schools. Transportation is provided.

Administration

Laura Deshazo

Laura Deshazo

Titles: CTE Director
Departments: Career And Technical Education (Cte)
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