Terre Haute Visitor's Guide 2019 - Page 68

Education Vigo County School Corporation 686 Wabash Avenue, P.O. Box 3703, Terre Haute, IN 47803 (812) 462-4011 Fax: (812) 462-4115 | www.vigoschools.org Information is based on the 2018-2019 academic year and provided by the Vigo County School Corporation. Public School Corporation Founding Year: 1961 Enrollment Number: (Fall 2018): 14,722 Number of Employees: 2458 The VCSC is developing a comprehensive and multiyear strategic plan. Over 45 community meetings have been held at all VCSC school buildings, higher education institutions, hospitals, trade unions, and other organizations and businesses around the community. Community members contributed feedback about strengths and areas for opportunities and growth within the VCSC. Stakeholders responded that the top positive aspects of the VCSC include: great teachers, security officers, community involvement, community outreach, and quality curriculum. The strategic planning process has also engaged community members on specific task force committees. Community stakeholders have been invited to collaborate and co-design activities in the areas of communication, curriculum and instruction, health, wellness, and safety, resource management, talent development, and co/extracurricular programs. The groups are assisting with the development of goals and action steps to help formulate a strong plan that will support all students and guide the VCSC in decision-making in the upcoming years. The VCSC has had a B letter grade in the Indiana Department of Education accountability system for the past five years.  Twenty of the 28 VCSC schools are in the A and B letter grade categories. In addition, Dixie Bee Elementary was awarded the Four Star School Designation by the Indiana Department of Education due to an A letter grade and top ISTEP+ scores in both English/ language arts and math. Since the inception of IREAD-3, VCSC students have performed above the state average. Using the Indiana Urban Schools Association for comparison, among the top ten schools by enrollment, VCSC students have had the highest performance on IREAD-3 for the past six years. On the Spring ISTEP+ 2018, the VCSC improved or remained the same in 11 out of 18 tested categories in English/language arts, math, science, and social studies. In the Indiana Urban Schools Association, among the top ten schools by enrollment, VCSC students had the highest overall performance score in English/ Language arts and the second highest score in mathematics. In 68 • Guide to Terre Haute | EDUCATION English/language arts, VCSC students had the highest percent passing rate at grades three, four, five, seven, eight, and ten. In mathematics, VCSC students had the highest percent passing rate at grades three, four, five, and ten. The VCSC has begun early implementation of the Graduation Pathway Requirements as approved by the Indiana State Board of Education in December 2017. Students in the graduating class of 2023 must satisfy three Graduation Pathway Requirements: high school diploma, employability skills, and postsecondary-ready competencies. Students graduating in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 may satisfy graduation requirements by either passing the current graduation qualifying exam (ISTEP+10) or completing the new Graduation Pathway Requirements. In cooperation with the Mayor, Vigo County Council, the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department, the Terre Haute Police Department, and the Prosecutor’s office, the VCSC has implemented a School Protection Officer program at every school.  Security kiosks have been installed in all 28 schools with a police officer to maintain a high level of school security.   In terms of student services, the VCSC increased the number of school nurses from five to ten. The VCSC also increased the number of behavioral interventionists from three to 16. The district also increased the number of school counselors from 38 to 43, and increased the number of school protection officers from 30 to 38. The VCSC has placed a special emphasis on early childhood learning.  The VCSC has 10 half day preschools at the Title I schools and four preschools/daycare programs at West Vigo High School, Booker T. Washington Alternative School, Riley Elementary School, and Lost Creek Elementary School.  Also, Reading Recovery is offered in Title I schools to support the reading success of first grade students.   The VCSC has a strong Career and Technical Education program.  All VCSC students experience Business Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Engineering/Technology Education, and Exploring College and Careers in middle school.  Students explore 26 career pathways during high school while re-enforcing employability skills.  The VCSC has a strong focus on dual college credit and industry certification to prepare students for post- secondary education, high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand careers. The VCSC was awarded a four-year Lilly Endowment Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for $1,392,204.00. The grant period extends from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2022. A team of administrators and counselors wrote the grant that focuses on college and career guidance, social and emotional learning, and academic performance. The grant supports the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model. The VCSC was selected by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) as one of three partner districts for the Project AWARE Grant. The VCSC will receive $566,423.00 for each of the five years, totaling $2,832,115.00. The VCSC is working with the IDOE and Hamilton Center, Inc. to increase and support school-based mental health services. In partnership with IDOE and the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addictions (DMHA), the VCSC will collaborate with local mental health agencies to establish a community approach to supporting the whole child. Number of Schools & Enrollment: Elementary (K – 5): 18 Schools, Enrollment 7,260 Middle Schools: 5 Schools, Enrollment 3,235 High Schools: 5 Schools, Enrollment 4,227