School Facts

Location: Ceres, CA
9-12 Enrollment: 1,744
Staff: Not Noted
Certified: 75 teachers
Administrators: Not Noted
Facilities/Buildings: 1

Demographics: 75.8% of students in the school reported being Hispanic or Latino, 15.4% White, and 4.4% Asian. 10.8% reported being English Language Learners (ELL). 81.9% of students reported being economically disadvantaged.

Using Social Learning to Improve Student Outcomes

The Challenge

At Ceres High School, staff was aware that students were struggling with academic motivation due to limited exposure to opportunities. They needed a way to improve outcomes by engaging students and getting them invested in their own academic success. To do this, they doubled down on building a positive school climate.

The Results (Data Points):

Change in Suspension Rate
Of Teachers Implementing Supportive Learning Practices
  • Acknowledged and incentivized students to display correct behaviors.

  • Utilized a tangible points system for reinforcement, with points available to use immediately to obtain instant gratification for positive behaviors.

  • Increased in-class time through the use of an automated tracking process for students who are tardy or absent instead of using a paper-based process.

  • Promoted social learning through peer support, with students positively holding each other accountable.

The Solution

  1. Create a plan for a positive behavior management system with clear expectations.
  2. Provide consistency by having all administrators, teachers, and staff utilize the same system for all students.
  3. Track student data and pull insightful reports in real-time to monitor student progress.
  4. Support the growth of positive interpersonal relationships that can help to engage students in their academic achievement for years to come.

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