SIATech Charter School
SIATech Charter School (SIATech) in Gainesville, Florida, is a model of success in redirecting and renewing the options that will lead to a bright future for all its students. The acronym stands for School for Integrated Academics and Technologies (SIATech). Located adjacent to the campus of the Gainesville Job Corps Center, SIATech Charter High School operates as a public high school in the Alachua County district, and has fostered and maintained strong and mutually profitable relationships with both partners. The relationships and cooperative spirit shared among the three entities enables SIATech to meet students at their point of need, offering a chance to earn a high school diploma and, for those who qualify, preparation for a 21st century career. SIATech is a small school with open entry and open exit, averaging around 200 students at any given time. All students who enroll have dropped out of another school or program. The school accepts students from within the district, but also draws from around the state, the Virgin Islands, Haiti, and Nepal. Each week the school receives 10-20 new students. The majority of students are 17 years old or older; those from Florida have failed the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) several times and so are not slated to earn a Florida high school diploma. Most students (73%) are black, with 22% white, 3% Hispanic and 1% each of Pacific Islanders and Asian.SIATech Charter School Gainesville, Florida Prepared by International Center for Leadership in Education A Model of Data driven decision-making Shared leadership Relationships Instructional technology Partnerships Relevant instruction Rigor/Relevance Framework By the Numbers 200 Students 79% minority 100% economically disadvantaged 30% special education 3% English language learners AYP met Executive Summary SIATech Charter School (SIATech) in Gainesville, Florida, is a model of success in redirecting and renewing the options that will lead to a bright future for all its students. The acronym stands for School for Integrated Academics and Technologies (SIATech). Located adjacent to the campus of the Gainesville Job Corps Center, SIATech Charter High School operates as a public high school in the Alachua County district, and has fostered and maintained strong and mutually profitable relationships with both partners. The relationships and cooperative spirit shared among the three entities enables SIATech to meet students at their point of need, offering a chance to earn a high school diploma and, for those who qualify, preparation for a 21st century career. SIATech is a small school with open entry and open exit, averaging around 200 students at any given time. All students who enroll have dropped out of another school or program. The school accepts students from within the district, but also draws from around the state, the Virgin Islands, Haiti, and Nepal. Each week the school receives 10-20 new students. The majority of students are 17 years old or older; those from Florida have failed the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) several times and so are not slated to earn a Florida high school diploma. Most students (73%) are black, with 22% white, 3% Hispanic and 1% each of Pacific Islanders and Asian. The school is well staffed with caring individuals and a student-to-teacher ratio of 11:1. The facility has a 1:1 ratio of computers to students in the core academic and Senior Project classrooms and houses labs ranging in seating capacity from nine to 24. Everywhere students and staff work they can access cutting-edge programs for academics, job applications, and shared data. The school developed and is piloting a system for warehousing data organized so that staff can access it in a few clicks. The full-featured, continuously updated system is called Vision and will be demonstrated at the Model Schools Conference 2010. At SIATech failure is not an option. The term
All (K-12)
2010
200 Students 79% minority 100% economically disadvantaged 30% special education 3% English language learners AYP met
Leadership, Partnerships, Relationships, Rigor and Relevance, Special Education, Technology, Technology Integration
At-risk, Collaborate and have planning time together, Effective and Efficient, Foundation Learning, Leadership, Learner Engagement, Meeting the needs of Struggling Learners, Minority, Personal Skill Development, Professional Development, Professional Learning Community, Relationships, Schedules, School Culture, School improvement plan, Stretch Learning, Technology, Transitions