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HARTFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    HARTFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

    Phase II School Design Specifications

    High School, Inc: Hartford’s Insurance & Finance Academy

Overview of School Model

    Description of school type, accreditation & affiliation model

    High School, Inc. is a college preparatory school model for 400 high school students, grades 9-12, who are interested in pursuing careers in the insurance and financial services industries. During year one of implementation the Academy will enroll Grade 9 and Grade10 students and open its doors in August 2009. This new Academy will serve as a whole school design of what has been a successful but limited seat program at Bulkeley High School and Weaver High School for a small number of students.

In order to create an optimum learning environment that maximizes the resources that exists in the City of Hartford, which is

    internationally known as the Insurance Capital, the academy will be located in the heart of downtown Hartford at 275 Asylum Street. This will afford students convenience and opportunity to participate in corporate field experiences, such as job shadowing and internships, as well as make a real-world connection to daily corporate life, especially as it relates to curriculum and classroom

    lessons.

Additionally,

    ? The Academy will be a 21st century learning environment that combines rigorous academic courses and a related sequence of

    elective courses in insurance and financial services.

    ? Learning will be student focused, and content will be taught using a variety of teaching and learning strategies with a solid

    technological core, both inside and outside of the classroom.

    ? Students will have the necessary academic supports to succeed with high school work in a college preparatory curriculum.

    ? Students and families will commit to participation in the Academy as members of a learning community.

    ? Teachers, administrators and counselors will set high expectations for all students and will be committed to instructional

    strategies and support services that engage students, motivate their desire to learn and produce successful outcomes.

    ? Community, higher education, and business partners will be active participants with teachers and students and provide an

    enriched in-school environment as well as out-of-school experiences for students to understand the requirements of

    employment in high-skill, high-wage occupations.

    ? The school will maintain its own webpage with complete and updated school information for both current and future students.

Theme/Content Focus

    The theme of the Insurance and Finance Academy will be based on the Financial Services Cluster which includes:

    ? Insurance (including medical insurance)

    ? Banking

    ? Investments/Securities

    ? International Business

    ? Financial Management

Major School Partners

    Higher Education Partners

    The Academy will work with Capital Community College to provide a seamless transition into its new Insurance and Financial Services Associates Degree Program. This program has a pathway articulation with Connecticut‘s four-year

    public colleges. The Academy will continue to develop curriculum that will be articulated with Capital Community so that students can receive both high school and college credit while attending high school. There are also dual enrollment credit opportunities through existing College Career Pathways (formerly Tech Prep) courses.

Business Partners

    The Academy will partner with several local insurance and financial services companies who have agreed to serve as

    business partners in various capacities. In addition to representation on the Advisory Board these companies will offer mentoring, job shadowing, lectures, classroom visits, internships, staff training, and other activities as detailed in the

    Partnerships section of this proposal.

Research Basis and Model Sites

    High School, Inc. will be based on the National Academy Foundation (NAF) Academy of Finance model. NAF creates partnerships between business leaders and educators. This innovative educational model empowers high school students to successfully go on to

    higher education and professions of their choosing. NAF sustains a nation-wide network of academies with focused career-themed curricula, high level mentoring by business professionals and real-world paid internships. These academies demonstrate a model that

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works and is replicable.

    This model combines the efforts of the private and public sectors to create a program that exposes high school students to careers in

    the financial services sector. The most dramatic impact of the model is evident in NAF‘s innovative approach in public high schools

    located within our country‘s most economically fragile inner cities. The academies are a bridge between corporate America and communities whose young people are often relegated to the margins of our economy and culture. The NAF model works by

    bringing business people into the public schools and introducing disadvantaged youth to the world of business.

Organized as small learning communities, NAF students remain together throughout their high school years with a core group of

    specially trained teachers. The model provides an environment for these teachers to develop interdisciplinary activities that make

    learning relevant and capture the interest of students.

    Specialized NAF courses are jointly designed by educators and industry specialists to supplement and enrich the high school curriculum. Rigorous academic learning is combined with real-world experience and career training which are often lacking for

    many of today‘s high school graduates but critical for doing well in college and in careers.

    This school design is based on the best practices of successful model schools throughout the country. Design team members visited the following NAF Academy of Finance model sites whose minority populations are experiencing high achievement:

    ? Bronx School of Law and Finance

    ? Baltimore NAF High School

School Mission & Vision

    Mission (purpose)

    The Mission of High School, Inc. is to provide students with the skills and abilities necessary to pursue higher education and careers

    in the finance and insurance industries through a rigorous and relevant curriculum. The school will accomplish this by:

    ; meeting the individual needs of each Academy student,

    ; developing a system for personal relationships among staff, students, parents and business partners, and

    ; connecting the classroom to real world experiences, especially through internship, mentoring and field work programs.

Vision

    The vision of the Academy is to develop future finance and insurance professionals in a safe, inclusive and respectful environment.

    The Academy emphasizes academic excellence and, at the same time, preparation for students to pursue careers in the corporate sector. Every student will experience a planned sequence of courses and be involved in activities that will enrich those courses.

    This combination of academic rigor, technical skills and work experience will provide each student with a competitive advantage in advancing career goals.

Student Body

    Grade Configuration and School Size

    The Academy will serve approximately 400 students in grades 9-12 by 2011.

Year-by-Year Phase In Chart

    The following are transitional considerations for the August 2009 opening of the Academy:

    ; During its first year of implementation, the Academy will serve students in Grades 9 and 10.

    ; The current Grade 9 students enrolled in the Freshman Academy at Weaver High School will have seat preference for

    Grade 10 enrollment at the Academy for entry in August 2009.

    ; Grade 8 students will be recruited city-wide for enrollment in Grade 9 in the Academy through the Hartford Choice

    process.

    ; Grade 10 and 11 students currently enrolled in Academy of Finance programs at Bulkeley and Weaver high schools will

    remain at their schools to complete their course of study. (The NAF Academy programs at these schools will be phased out

    over the next two years).

Governance Structure

    In order to emulate a business environment and build a culture that replicates career success, the Academy will align its

    organizational structures and titles to a corporate model management structure.

The Academy governance structure will be based on collaboration and partnership and will involve all stakeholders: students,

    parents, school staff, business and community partners.

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The Principal

    The strong leadership of the principal will be essential to the success of the Academy. It is highly recommended that the principal:

    ; Be driven by a personal commitment to get every academy graduate into college

    ; Has training or expertise in the fields of insurance and finance

    ; Can work effectively with business, industry, higher education and community partners

    ; Understands and supports strategies to provide meaningful out-of-school experiences for students and ensures that they are

    integrated with classroom instruction

    ; Involves parents in meaningful roles in the school

    ; Put students first in all decision making

    ; Has firmness and consistency in maintaining good school discipline

    ; Has autonomy to hire staff with relevant business experience to ensure robust curriculum relevance to today‘s IFS industry

    needs

Academy Dean and Academy Director

    A Dean of Students will support the principal in establishing a safe environment and school culture that emulates a business

    atmosphere.

    A Director of Business Partnerships will build and strengthen partnerships with higher education and business partners in order to extend learning outside the school walls by coordinating internships, job shadowing, mentoring, senior projects, dual credit courses

    and other learning opportunities.

The Academy Dean will teach a minimum of two courses.

School Governance Council

    The School Governance Council will foster collaborative decision-making through a representative body of academy educators, parents, student and community members who will review the school improvement plan, assess the school budget based on student learning goals, and monitor adherence to the school mission. This Council will also make decisions about school-wide concerns,

    curriculum and assessment and the organization of the school schedule. The Academic Advisory Board/Board of Directors co-chairs

    will also sit on the School Governance Council to ensure a regular flow of information between the two groups.

Board of Directors,‖ i.e. Academy Advisory Board

    The Advisory Board, which will be referred to as the ―Board of Directors‖ to align with business terminology, will include business partner co-chairs, along with a NAF affiliate, and higher education partners with backgrounds in curriculum development, teaching and fiscal expertise. The primary role of the Board will be to provide industry-based guidance in the accomplishment of the Academy‘s mission.

Parent Leadership Development

    To assist parents in becoming active leaders, the Academy with its partners will provide leadership training for parents who take

    on leadership roles in the school. Parents who serve on the PTO or in other leadership roles will be offered training in how to run

    a business meeting, how to manage a budget, and will learn about the role of policies in a school organization. Additionally, the

    Academy will assist parent volunteers to organize a PTO which will conduct meetings on a regular basis throughout the school

    year. The parent group shall function as an independent body in regard to funds, meeting dates, meeting agenda, etc. The

    president of the parent group will be invited to serve on the School Governance Council.

Student Leadership

    The new high school will involve students in meaningful leadership opportunities that will teach them how to take ownership for

    their school, their learning and their future. The Academy will include the following initiatives:

    ; Student Council: This program will foster student leadership, value and formalize student input, and encourage teachers

    and staff to support student activities and recommendations.

    ; Peer Mediation Committee: This program will encourage constructive communication, assist students in taking

    responsibility for their actions, and help clarify students‘ needs and feelings. Peer mediation has proven to be a strong,

    helpful tool by producing significant results in decreasing school confrontations and violence.

    ; Student Recognition Awards: Student Leader of the Year, Excellence in Internship, etc.

    ; Student “Geek Squad”: Students will have the opportunity to assist the Technology specialist in troubleshooting computer

    problems and needs.

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Curriculum and Instruction

    Curriculum Design/Course of Study

    In alignment with the mission of the Hartford Board of Education the Academy will provide a high quality distinctive high school in which students can attain a high school diploma that reflects a standards-based college-ready curriculum designed to meet the

    high educational outcomes of the State of Connecticut and prepare all students to be competitive candidates for entrance into a four-year college program of their choice.

The course schedule will be organized in a block schedule to provide time for deeper exploration of topics, case study work and

    hands-on research. Course requirements for grades 9 through 12 will follow district and state guidelines and will include a minimum of :

    ; One (1) credit in Strategies for Success Summer Bridge Program

    ; Four (4) credits in English.(including English I & II; Literature & Composition I & II)

    ; Four (4) credits of mathematics (including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)

    ; Three (3) credits of science (including Biology , Chemistry w/lab)

    ; Three (3) credits of history (including 1.0 U.S. History, 1.0 International Studies, .5 Civics, .5 Geography)

    ; Two (2) credits in world language

    ; Two (2) visual and performing arts credits

    ; One and onehalf (1.5) credit of physical education

    ; One-half (.5) credit of health, nutrition and wellness

    ; Four (4) credits of Business and Finance

    ; One (1) credit Capstone Experience

The Capstone Experience (1 credit, required)

    The Capstone Experience will be organized as a field based experience with deliverables that will complete the student‘s business portfolio in an area of particular interest to the student.

Job Shadowing and Paid Internships

    Job shadowing requirements will be completed prior to the paid internship which is experienced during students‘ junior or senior

    year. Paid internships are a requirement for National Academy Foundation Certification. Students connect this experience to the mandatory Capstone course taken during their Senior year.

    Round table discussions with business partner mentors, such as lunch period forums, will be conducted on a monthly basis during Grade 10 as a further support to students‘ successful participation in the paid internship experience.

Business Readiness Skills

    The Academy will infuse into the electives and/or core courses outcome expectations related to students‘ readiness for:

    1. Corporate Culture,

    2. Public Speaking: Presenting for Impact, and

    3. Business Leadership and Professionalism.

World Language Program

    Language requirements will follow district guidelines and will meet college requirements for admission. The fastest growing

    population in Connecticut is one that speaks Spanish as their native language and with a need for financial institutions state-wide to meet the needs of their clients it is important that employees have bilingual skills. Therefore, students will take three years of

    Spanish. Additional world language offerings will be explored.

Health Course Requirement

    The required Health credit will include integration of the following health issues and initiatives:

    ; Making healthy life style choices

    ; Managing personal risk

    ; Guest speakers from local insurance companies to discuss topics such as healthy life style options

NAF Curriculum

    High School, Inc. will affiliate with the NAF Academy of Finance which provides a sequence of courses and curricula for

    business and finance courses. The NAF Academy course offerings, as described by NAF, are listed below:

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Course Description

    The Academy of Finance curriculum is developed with leading representatives from industry and education to ensure that courses are both current and relevant. By integrating necessary workplace skills in the classroom, students come to understand the connection between academic learning and career success.

Strategies for Success

    This course of study helps to orient students to the world of work and school. This course will be offered in

    two parts, the summer prior to grade 9 and the summer prior to grade 10. The first part will focus on helping

    students to develop good work and study habits, develop solid interpersonal skills, learn about school

    resources, and develop career plans. The second part will start to prepare students for college and helps

    students to organize and prepare portfolios.

Introduction to Financial Services

    This course can be offered either as a one- or two-semester course to be given in either the ninth or the tenth

    grade as a means of introducing students to the various sectors for the financial services industry. The

    objective of this course is to help students learn about both the nature of the careers found in a particular sector and the scope of the work that comprises businesses such as insurance, real estate, public finance, accounting,

    and the securities industry.

Economics and the World of Finance

    This is a one-semester course in macro and microeconomics that provides an understanding of how our market economy functions in a global setting. It provides students with a survey of economic concepts including all

    of the twenty-two basic principles recommended by the National Council on Economic Education. In addition, a unit on capital markets acquaints students with the role that markets and securities play in our overall economic framework.

Banking and Credit

    This one semester course presents a survey of the principles and practices of banking and credit in the United States. The students learn about the major functions of banks and other depository institutions, in-house

    operations and procedures, central banking through the Federal Reserve System and modern trends in the banking industry. The credit component provides an overview of credit functions and operations including credit risk evaluation, loan creation and debt collection. This course culminates in the Fed Challenge project.

Securities

    This is a one-semester course focusing on the roles and functions of a modern securities

    organization. Through a study of the structure of brokerage firms, the trading process, credit and margin

    practices, automated processes, and government regulations, students gain an understanding of how a securities firm services its customers and plays an important role in our economy. Students are given the

    opportunity to relate their knowledge of economics, accounting, and data processing to the operations areas of various sectors of the securities industry. Emphasis is placed on the skills and attitudes necessary for success in business and college.

Insurance

    This is a one-semester course that introduces students to various elements of the insurance industry, including insurance needs and products for businesses and individuals. Students learn about insurance sales, rate-

    setting, insurance and financial planning, insurance regulations, and careers in the industry. It is often

    combined with the Securities course.

Financial Planning

    This is a one-semester course that introduces students to the financial planning process and the components of a comprehensive financial plan. Students learn how to prepare a financial plan that includes saving, investing, borrowing, risk management (insurance), and retirement and estate planning.

International Finance

    This one-semester course familiarizes students with topics that relate to international finance, such

    as identifying current events subjects that deal with international finance , how international finance relations influence their lives, international corporate structures, monetary policy, balance of payments, international

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    trade, and financial markets.

    Accounting (Two terms required)

    Curriculum for these courses is provided by the local school or district. The Accounting courses should be

    completed by the end of the junior year.

    Business Computer Applications (one term required)

    Paid Internship

    Paid, finance-related internship, during summer between junior and senior year.

    College-Level Finance Course (Preferably fall semester of senior year.)

    Principles of Finance (or other finance related course)

    Offered senior year preferably at a four-year institution and taught by a college professor.

Suggested Course Sequence

    This following graph represents the suggested course schedule for High School, Inc. students.

    SUBJECT GRADE 9 GRADE 10 GRADE 11 GRADE 12 Mandatory Strategies for Success Strategies for Success II

    (summer prior to grade Summer I (summer prior to 10) grade 9) Bridge (1.0)

    English (4.0) English 1 English II English Lit and English Lit and

    Composition I Composition II

     English 1H English 2H American Literature World Literature

World Lang Spanish Spanish Spanish or AP Spanish Spanish Literature (college

    (2.0) credit) Social Studies World Geography Civics/ Foundation US US History Psychology (3.0) or History or

    World History AP US History

    Mathematics Algebra 1 Geometry Algebra 2 Pre-Calculus (3.0) Geometry Algebra 2 Pre-Calculus Calculus Science Physical Science Biology w/lab Chemistry w/lab Physics or (3.0) AP Biology Insurance & Introduction to Banking & Credit International Finance Entrepreneurship Finance Financial Services

     Securities *Principals of Accounting Financial Planning

    Business Computer I & II

    Applications Insurance Capstone Health (0.5) Health/ Health/ P. E. (1.5) P.E. P.E. Art/Music (2.0) Drama Graphic Arts for

    Business

     * This is a dual credit college course.

Pedagogical Approach and Classroom Design

    In order to support students in meeting the graduation requirements for entry and success in post-secondary education, the Academy will be guided by the principles of Rigor, Relationships and Relevance.

Rigor

    ; College-ready curriculum: college readiness, Honors, AP and dual credit courses

    ; Variation of time and support to enable all students to access the core curriculum

    ; Challenging instruction

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Relationships

    ; Small school environment where staff and students know one another well and students develop a strong sense of belonging

    to their school community

    ; Personalized Learning Plans

    ; Advisories: sustained teacher/student relationships and personalized learning environment through systematized student and

    adult relationships

Relevance

    ; Authentic connections between what students are learning and the real world outside school walls with a focus on insurance,

    financial services and technologies

    ; Interdisciplinary activities, integrated theme or specialization with relevant, high interest course content

    ; Community and business partners an integral part of student work

     st21 Century Skills ststThe Academy will adopt the Partnership for 21 Century Skills vision for 21 Century students in Connecticut, the United States and the new global economy. A key theme within this vision is that learning and innovation skills are what separate students who stare prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in the 21 Century from those who are not. These necessary skills include: creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration.

The Academy will incorporate the following skill sets in its core and finance and insurance curricula:

    ; Creativity and Innovation

    - Higher order thinking

    - Self-direction

    - Communicating new ideas to others

    - Openness to new ideas and perspectives

    ; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

    - Exercising sound reasoning in understanding

    - Making complex choices and decisions

    - Understanding the interconnections among systems

    - Identifying and asking significant questions that clarify various points of view and better solutions

    - Framing, analyzing and synthesizing information in order to solve problems

    ; Communication and Collaboration

    - Articulating thoughts and ideas, clearly and effectively, through speaking and writing

    - Demonstrating flexibility and willingness to be helpful when making necessary compromises to accomplish a

    common goal

    - Assuming shared responsibility for collaborative work

Curriculum Design

    Two major components of curriculum design will be

    ; Course syllabi that delineates specific course learning outcomes, guides student work and provides a helpful guide to

    parents as well

    ; A skill set applied and assessed across core and theme-based courses relevant to Insurance and Financial Services

    occupation. These may include clear communication, data-based decision-making and analysis, ethical comportment and

    critical thinking.

Curricular Support

    Students will be supported by a clear and viable curriculum that outlines the necessary essential skills and knowledge needed to

    earn credit for every core and theme-based course. In order to support students in meeting these requirements for entry and success in post-secondary education, the appropriate curricular and instructional supports will be provided to students.

    Interventions, targeted to the individual needs of students, will provide the necessary safety net for all students to gain access to a

    college ready curriculum.

Time Support

    Students will be given increased time to meet curriculum requirements through extended year, extended day and/or additional

    time at a given grade level.

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English Language Learner Support Approach

    A Support Services Team consisting of a Literacy Coach, Special Education staff, and an English Language Learner Instructional

    Coach, will provide both professional development and classroom support to increase educator capacity in instructional

    techniques that will support instruction for English Language Learners.

Intervention Program (2+ years behind; 1 year behind; 5-minutes behind)

    A tiered instructional approach is suggested as an essential component to an intervention process to support achievement for all students. The components of this research-based model include:

    ; Decision-making teams that use formative assessments to inform interventions

    ; Tiered levels of implementation of high quality instruction/intervention

    ; Monitoring of progress

    ; Family involvement

    ; Considerations for English Language Learners

Special Education

    Research suggests that 80 to 90% of students should be able to be instructionally or behaviorally successful with universal interventions; an additional 5 to 10% should be successful with targeted group interventions, and approximately 1-5% of students would need individualized, intensive interventions. Special Education students will be carefully evaluated so that these

    interventions are appropriate and individualized for student program application.

Instructional Technology

    The Academy recognizes that technology has revolutionized the financial services industry, creating demanding positions in need

    of talented applicants who have mastered both the technical and soft skills, including the ability to communicate effectively, solve problems and work as team members. This professional and technical knowledge is more critical than ever as the financial

    services industry continues to grow.

The technology of industry will be infused along with other big picture concepts and skills. The Academy will explore a

    Computer Applications strand which will include courses in Information Technology, Web Design, E-Commerce and Computer Applications.

Homework Expectations

    Homework will be defined as work which the student is assigned to do out of school on the student‘s own time. The purpose of homework will be to advance learning by:

    ; Supplementing and reinforcing classroom work

    ; Offering increased practice in particular skills

    ; Engaging students in independent research

    ; Developing initiative, independence, self-direction and responsibility

Homework expectations will include:

    ; Daily assignment

    ; Parental support

    ; Adherence to the Hartford Board of Education Policy on Homework

Learning Outcomes and Assessment Design

    Assessment Design

    ; The Academy will develop a performance assessment system to evidence Academy successes.

    ; Course syllabi will delineate specific course learning outcomes and will guide student work.

    ; The Academy will develop a set of skills that will be applied and assessed across core and theme-based courses relevant

    to Insurance and Financial services occupations.

Performance Benchmarks

    The Academy faculty will incorporate both a formative and a summative evaluation model in order to guide performance and

    measure outcomes. Feedback loops for curriculum development will enhance the Academy‘s ability to be dynamic, responsive

    and aware of continuous quality improvement.

Teacher Capacity

    The Academy staff will foster authentic, caring and respectful relationships with each other and with students and will share the

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common belief that all students can achieve at high levels.

    Teachers will begin their training during the summer of 2009 in preparation for the opening of the new school and will be expected to participate in the school‘s mandatory Summer Bridge Program for new students.

Theme-Specific Certification Requirements

    In addition to highly qualified certified teachers in all curriculum areas, teaching staff will include educators who have certification in technical areas in order to deliver proficiently the academy theme courses.

Academy teaching staff are also expected to:

    ; Have broad academic knowledge as well as depth in their subject;

    ; Use a variety of strategies to accommodate individual learning styles and engage students;

    ; Coach and facilitate lessons to engage students as active learners rather than lecture to passive students;

    ; Supervise and guide each other, plan lessons and courses together, and observe each other‘s teaching as a way of

    continuously improving their practice;

    ; Use common planning time to discuss individual student achievement, as well as class and school-wide academic issues;

    ; Use common planning time to develop interdisciplinary lessons and courses that focus on essential questions;

    ; Teach model lessons learned from professional development to other teachers;

    ; Create a Personal Teaching Plan developed in collaboration with his/her supervisor to address individual professional

    development needs as they relate to improved student learning;

    ; Use technology daily to improve student learning;

    ; Define benchmarks for improved student achievement;

    ; Participate in pathways course content team collaboration to develop interdisciplinary connections for the integration of

    contemporary issues in the insurance and finance fields;

    ; Embed assessment into instruction as part of the learning process; and

    ; Individualize and personalize learning whenever possible.

Training and Professional Development Program

    Professional development will be designed as coherent, sustained and sequential opportunities for collaboration to support focus areas of:

    ; team-teaching for interdisciplinary study

    ; data-based decision making

    ; monitoring of student achievement

    ; current issues in business, finance and insurance

    ; integration of core curriculum and themes

Teaming/Collaborative Planning Expectations

    Academy teachers are expected to work as a team. Teachers will use case study methods and problem-based approaches which integrate knowledge from a variety of disciplines and promote active participation of faculty and students. This approach is a shift

    from ―teacher ownership‖ of a classroom to being an integral contributor to a highly-skilled team of professionals working together

    to enhance student performance. Teachers will create a learning environment in which they will serve as role models and resources

    for students, while empowering students to direct their own learning through active participation.

School Schedule

    Length of School Day

    The Academy will have an extended school day for a period of one hour. During this period students will attend a half hour

    Advisory Period with the additional half hour for increasing instructional time.

Co-Curriculum Programming/Saturday Academies

    Co-curricular planning and Saturday Academies will include the development of the following programs:

    ; College readiness classes at all grade levels

    ; College information assemblies for students and parents for college application process and college life

    ; Visits to colleges

    ; SAT Test Prep

    ; Senior College Labs for: FAFSA workshops, scholarship notebooks, scholarship essays

    ; Tutorials

    ; Summer Bridge opportunity for establishing a college prep culture

    ; Credit advancement

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Summer School/Extended Year

    The Academy will devise a carefully thought out plan for summer school and extended year activities that will include:

    ; A Summer Bridge program

    ; Academic enrichments

    ; Academic supports

    ; Internships

    ; Advisory Program

    Partnerships

    Role of Partners: Advisory/Curriculum/Embedded Activities

    Partnerships between business leaders and educators are critical to prepare students for college and professional careers. Business

    partnerships will secure internships, provide guest speakers, provide job-shadowing experiences, act as mentors, enhance curriculum,

    and serve on the Academy‘s Advisory Board. Additionally, the NAF partnership will provide the school with curriculum based on

    industry and educational expertise. NAF‘s record of success nationally with 90% graduation rates and more than 80% going on to college has garnered the support of corporations, public policy makers and foundations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Pearson Foundation.

    Internships/Job Shadows/Mentoring/Community Experiences

    During junior and senior years students will complete the required internship with one of the Academy‘s partners (120 hours). Prior

    to that, each student will complete a job shadowing experience and/or be provided with mentoring opportunities with an Academy

    partner.

    Higher Education Partners

    The Academy will continue to work with Capital Community College to provide a seamless transition into their new Insurance and Financial Services Associates Degree Program. It will also continue to develop curriculum that will be articulated with them so that students can receive both high school and college credit while attending the Academy. A student‘s credits from Capital can then be transferred to the state public college system.

    Business Partners

    The role of business partners is crucial to the success of this school. Major partners include:

    ; Travelerswho has taken a lead role in supporting the Academy mission

    ; Franklin Trust Federal Credit Unionwho has agreed to build a credit union branch in the new school as well as train

    students to operate the branch. They are also willing to provide mentoring, job shadowing, classroom visitations, lecturing,

    and internships.

    ; Smith Barney (Citigroup) whose participation qualifies the Academy for the annual NAF Citigroup grant which provides

    staff development and program enrichment activities.

    ; The Hartford Financial Services Group

    ; MassMutual

    ; Waddell & Reedwho will provide staff training on financial planning as it relates to the large wealth transfer that is

    expected as the parents of the baby boomers pass on; who will provide classroom guest speakers on Investments.

    ; The Phoenix Companies

    ; Bank of America

    ; Barnum Financial

    ; Connecticut IFS (Insurance & Financial Services) Cluster who will serve as a member of the school‘s Advisory

    Council and School Governance Council and thus act as conduit to the insurance and financial services industry.

    The IFS representative will share with the School Governance Council reports that track high growth jobs and

    skills associated with high-demand occupations within three segments of industry: banking, insurance and financial

    services.

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