CSU California Academic Partnership Program

San Lorenzo High School

San Lorenzo Unified
Alameda County
2001 API Base Report

Project Name
Overcoming Obstacles: Success for All Students in Urban Schools

Project Partners
Edendale Middle School
Stanford University


As in most urban schools, Edendale Middle School and San Lorenzo High School students struggle to demonstrate academic achievement on a par with their more alluent peers, often failing to overcome barriers such as the High School Exit Exam. To address these issues, Edendale and San Lorenzo propose a model project designed to support student learning and thereby improve student performance on standardized tests. Our model seeks to address fundamental and typical obstacles to academic success among urban, working-class students.

Central to our work is a school-wide focus on reading and literacy. To support this focus, teachers will (a) receive training and support from WestEd's Strategic Literacy Initiative, and (b) develop school-wide structures to improve reading, including redesigned courses to support reading across disciplines and school-wide silent sustained reading program.

In conjunction, we propose targeting three critical areas; cross-curricular standards-based instruction with emphasis on the standards addressed on the HSEE, increasing the overall level of college-preparedness of our students, and community outreach to help families support their student's academic achievement. To target standards-based instruction, teachers will (a) expand on existing standards-based efforts beginning in summer Literacy and Algebra Institutes and continuing in weekly collaborative planning meetings, (b) receive intensive curricular, pedagogical, and mentoring support from a Literacy Coordinator, and (c) work with Professor Jo Boaler and Standford University in a major long-term study of teaching practices that improve student learning. College preparedness will be targeted by an intensive focus on instructional strategies that address the issues of equity. Teachers will: (a) work with Stanford's Program for Complex Instruction to learn techniques designed for a heterogeneous classes such as ours;(b) reinvigorate and expand the Advance Placement Program, and (c) support students with an expanded bilingual Tutoring Center and the creation of a course to help students prepare for specific exams such as the HSEE. To target community outreach, a full-time Student Support Liaison will be hired, and teachers will engage in an action research project centered on student's attitudes about and barriers to homework completion.

CAHSEE Report and Evaluation:
San Lorenzo High School (.pdf 246K)

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Last Updated: June 16, 2016