High Plains School offers
Early Childhood - Eighth (EC-8) educational programming to ensure excellence in
education. An EC-8 school offers seamless transitions between the elementary
and middle school grades, and supports the development of long-term
relationships with students and families. The qualities of an EC-8 education
- Collaboration - In an EC-8 school there is a collective
responsibility for the success of all students as they move from primary
to intermediate to middle level grades. The structure of an EC-8 school
enhances teacher collaboration and articulation within and across grade
levels. Teachers collaborate to plan an integrated curriculum that
connects learning across a wider range of disciplines and/or grade levels.
Achievement & Responsive Instruction-
An EC-8 school’s unique structure supports high levels of student
achievement. An EC-8 school allows for flexible educational opportunities
within and across grade levels. In addition to core classes, students have
opportunities for enrichment and intervention.
Grade Transitions - An
EC-8 school reduces the number of transitions a student experiences during
their EC-12 school career. This reduction in transitions supports students
by helping them develop long-term relationships with peers and adults. The
transition between elementary and middle school is smoother because
students can focus on learning instead of learning new building layouts,
practices and procedures, and staff.
- Relationships – An EC-8 school supports the development of the whole
child by fostering academic achievement and social/emotional well-being.
Students, teachers, staff, and families are likely to build and maintain
strong relationships over the course of nine years.
and Mentoring – An EC-8 structure allows
elementary and middle school students to interact and engage through
positive experiences that foster leadership abilities in students and
develop a shared ownership and responsibility to each other.
Involvement – An EC-8 environment supports
a common purpose and safe environment. Parents and community members stay
involved in an EC-8 school. The nine year program supports the development
of lasting relationships among students, staff, parents, and community