Manor New Technology High School
The Manor Independent School District is located just outside the Austin city limits and 12 miles east of the University of Texas in the rural community of Manor, Texas. The Manor community has become a hub for the central Texas technology industry, with industry giants such as Applied Materials and Samsung listed on their tax rolls. Manor was a small rural town of about 1,200 residents just 10 years ago; the population has more than tripled in this time period. Manor ISD draws from the town of Manor and surrounding communities and is also experiencing a phenomenal growth in student enrollment, which now stands at 6,932 students for 2009-10. In the past decade, the Manor school community faced many challenges, including unacceptable graduation and dropout rates, low scores on standardized tests, students not engaged in their learning, and graduating students not prepared for success at work or in college. Manor ISD decided the New Tech model best suits their school, community, and student needs. Manor New Technology High (Manor) is one of 48 New Tech high schools in the United States that represent a new generation of schools which orient instructional practices and school culture around 21st century skills. The school is also one of 35 sites selected to partake in the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (T-STEM) initiative to improve instruction and academic performance at schools across the state. Manor New Technology High School Manor, Texas Prepared by International Center for Leadership in Education A Model of Personalization STEM initiative Project-based learning Technology integration Authentic assessment Interdisciplinary instruction Collaborative leadership Rigor/Relevance Framework By the Numbers 300 students 75% minority 100% graduation rate 97% attendance rate 65% free/reduced lunch 11% students with disabilities 6% English language learners. AYP met Executive Summary The Manor Independent School District is located just outside the Austin city limits and 12 miles east of the University of Texas in the rural community of Manor, Texas. The Manor community has become a hub for the central Texas technology industry, with industry giants such as Applied Materials and Samsung listed on their tax rolls. Manor was a small rural town of about 1,200 residents just 10 years ago; the population has more than tripled in this time period. Manor ISD draws from the town of Manor and surrounding communities and is also experiencing a phenomenal growth in student enrollment, which now stands at 6,932 students for 2009-10. In the past decade, the Manor school community faced many challenges, including unacceptable graduation and dropout rates, low scores on standardized tests, students not engaged in their learning, and graduating students not prepared for success at work or in college. Manor ISD decided the New Tech model best suits their school, community, and student needs. Manor New Technology High (Manor) is one of 48 New Tech high schools in the United States that represent a new generation of schools which orient instructional practices and school culture around 21st century skills. The school is also one of 35 sites selected to partake in the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (T-STEM) initiative to improve instruction and academic performance at schools across the state. At Manor New Technology High students engage in project-based curricular units with real-world relevance which emphasize teamwork; with a one-to-one student-to-computer ratio, technology becomes a foundation tool for learning. In addition to state content standards, students are evaluated on work ethic, oral literacy, written literacy, teamwork, and critical thinking. Community service and college credits via dual enrollment courses are required of all graduates of Manor; an internship is recommended but at this time not required. The New Tech High Learning SystemTM is a unique suite of software tools that supports a collaborative learning environment oriented around 21st century learning, a project-based learning approach, and authentic assessments on multiple measures. GradePortal allows educators, students, and parents 24/7 access to class assignments and records of individual student progress, providing transparency in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Manor opened its doors in August 2007 to 156 students consisting of a full 9th grade and reduced 10th grade, and will graduate its first senior class of 39 students this year. Students apply for admission and are selected by lottery; the demographics of the school mirror reasonably closely that of the Manor Independent School District. Presently there are approximately 300 students at Manor, and next year the school will be at its anticipated capacity of 400 students. Manor New Technology High presently enrolls approximately 300 students; 75% are minorities, 65% are eligible for free/reduced lunch, and 11% are students with disabilities. Manor will graduate 100% of its first senior class this year, with all anticipated to attend postsecondary education, 90% at four year institutions. Over 50% are first generation college-bound students. Staff at the high school include the principal, dean of student services/counselor, an administrative assistant, two master teachers, and 28 teachers. The school year is organized into trimesters and the school day consists of five classes, some interdisciplinary, of 75 minutes each. Advisories meet once a week on Mondays, with teachers assigned small groups of students to monitor and work with throughout their four years. Also on Mondays the entire learning community engages in a 20 minute Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) activity. Before class once a week the entire school gathers as a community in the gym for Circle Time to recognize student and faculty accomplishments, announce initiatives, or for important reminders on programs or testing. 1. School Culture Manor teachers and staff are committed to providing all students with rigorous learning and personalized relationships to ensure their success as responsible, globally conscious citizens. The curriculum brings together the strength of modern technology, community partnerships, problem solving, interdisciplinary instruction, and global perspectives in a student-centered, collaborative, project-based community. Manor has specific learning outcomes.
All (K-12)
2010
300 students 75% minority 100% graduation rate 97% attendance rate 65% free/reduced lunch 11% students with disabilities 6% English language learners. AYP met
Assessment, Interdiscipinary , Leadership, Personalization, Project Based Learning, Rigor and Relevance, Technology Integration
Effective and Efficient, Foundation Learning, Leadership, Learner Engagement, Minority, Personal Skill Development, Professional Development, Professional Learning Community, Relationships, School Culture, Stretch Learning, Students with disabilities, Teaching and Learning, Technology, Transitions, Use of Data at classroom and building levels