Originally Published: August 6, 2018 7:47 p.m.
While these past few weeks have allowed us to welcome back our staff, celebrate our past successes, and set the tone for the future, today we welcomed 5,800 richly diverse and talented students through our doors. As we enter the 2018-2019 school year, our focus continues to be providing a comprehensive, world-class education for all students. As we come off of another award winning year, our campuses have been busy preparing for yet another banner year focused on providing the educational experiences that our students deserve and demand.
This year we will be expanding our early childhood education opportunities for our families. Through the hard work of Bright Futures Pre-School, we will not only continue to offer our preschool programs, but also introduce an expanded day program that will offer childcare with academic programming taught through our certified preschool staff. This is in addition to our partnership with Head Start, which added additional classrooms on our Bright Futures campus. Despite the fact that Arizona continues to rank near the bottom in pre-K indexes, we have made a local commitment to early childhood education based on what is best for our students and the community.
Additionally, in this era of school choice and the conversations that surround school choice we have spent too much time focused on the form of schools. We are often too focused on the school itself, not the student. Today, we have the tools and resources to meet the individual needs of each and every student within their neighborhood school. The iCHOOSE Academy at the Glassford Hill Middle School campus will be providing this 21st century opportunity. This transformational school model is focused on a personalized learning model for grades seven and eight by utilizing digital learning tools and relevant, project-based instructional approaches. As a member of the American Association of School Administrator’s Personalized Learning Cohort, we are continuing to work with partner school districts from around the country in providing a personalized education for our students by addressing the distinct learning needs, interests, and aspirations of individual students.
Finally, Bradshaw Mountain continues to lead the way in providing a culminating educational experience for our students. Not only does Bradshaw Mountain offer a comprehensive experience through a variety of award winning co-curricular opportunities, a robust offering of after school clubs, and championship caliber athletics, but they continue to provide nationally recognized academic programs. Bradshaw Mountain continues to lead the way in advanced placement (AP) course offerings, as well as having more students enrolled in career and technical education/JTED (CTE) courses than any other high school in the area because our teachers and staff are committed to the idea that student success is attained through multiple pathways based on individual student need.
We are looking forward to another fantastic school year as today marks our first step in the 2018-2019 school year. I look forward to sharing these successes with you as well throughout the upcoming school year.
Dan Streeter is Superintendent of Humboldt Unified School District.