Executive Summary

Executive Summary

The mission of East Lee County High School is “to provide a relevant and rigorous learning environment that will prepare all students to reach their highest academic potential and success in their career endeavors.”  Our determination to carry out our mission is best described by East Lee Leadership Academy’s motto, “Success is the Only Option.”

East Lee County High School first opened its doors to students in August of 2007.  Our beautiful 330,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility is located in rural Lehigh Acres and currently serves 1,778 diversified students.  The school’s data profile includes the following statistics:  Total Minority = 80% (Hispanic = 48%, African American = 28%, White = 22%, Other Ethnic = 2%), ESE = 17%, Gifted = 2%, Mobility Rate = 32%, Stability Rate = 84%, LEP = 12%, F/R Lunch = 85%, Level 1 or 2 Readers = 54%, and School Grades from 2006 to 2014 = C/C/D/D/C/D/D/D/C (current grade).  Being the only comprehensive high school in the East Zone, East Lee County High School is at Title I school that offers students access to traditional academic programs, along with the unique opportunity to enroll in one of five career academies.  Within our comprehensive high school, student learning is contextual and integrates academic subjects with real-world applications.  We offer a very unique and diversified curriculum that will challenge any student.  The academies are designed to introduce students to a variety of career choices that will allow them to master basic skills required for success within those fields.  Career Academies currently offered at East Lee County High School include:  Building Construction (Computer Assisted Drafting and Design/CADD; Building Construction Technology), Automotive Technology, Welding, Digital Design and Information Technology (MOS Certification); Health Sciences (CNA Certification; EKG Certification), and Public Service (Journalism, Television Production, Criminal Justice, Firefighting).  In conjunction with our signature academies, East Lee County High School offers students the opportunity to become involved in two additional programs.  The first, our Advancement Via Individual Determination Program (AVID) Program, is a nationally recognized program that prepares students for college readiness and success in a global society.  The second, our East Lee Leadership Academy (ELLA), incorporates the JROTC principles of leadership, discipline, patriotism, community, service, and honor to develop future leaders.  Supported through a multi-million dollar federal grant, the ELLA program has added a 65-foot rappel/rock wall/zip-line tower that will include an adjacent soon to be constructed 10-point firing range and pavilion.  To supplement our unique Career Academies and programs, students at East Lee County High School may also enroll in honors, Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, and virtual school courses.

 

Additional Programs and Extra-Curricular Opportunities

One of our primary goals at East Lee County High School is to provide appropriate opportunities to meet each student’s individual educational needs.  By making high school more relevant and meaningful, our students will want to be here each and every day, taking advantage of the available experiences.  Our academic programs and elective opportunities will give students an edge as they pursue their education or career beyond high school.  To reinforce East Lee County High’s focus on academics, we are making progress in fostering citizenship, responsibility, and value in our students via our Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Program.  The school’s PBS Program, which recognizes and rewards our students’ positive choices and exceeded expectations, was founded on the following principles:  JJust be prompt!  AAct Respectfully!  GGet focused!  SStay Proud!  To further provide students a well-rounded education and develop talents and interests outside of the classroom, East Lee County High School offers a complete program of sports and extra-curricular clubs/organizations.  The extra-curricular activities listed below are currently available at East Lee County High School:

Athletics: Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Bowling, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Football,
Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track, Volleyball, Swimming, and Wrestling.

Performing Arts:  Marching Band, Piano, Dance & Step, Stagecraft, and Vocal Ensemble.

Clubs:  Action Club, College Reach Out Program, Debate, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Educators of America, Interact Club, Literary Magazine, Newspaper, National Honor Society, Key Club, Student Government, Students Working Against Tobacco, Take Stock in Children, TV Production, Upward Bound, Yearbook, Anti-Bullying Club, Health Occupation Students of America, Scholar’s Club, and JAGS 21.

Challenges

East Lee County High School faces challenges that are similar to those of any large school or organization.  In addition, inadequate parent involvement has proven to be an ongoing issue throughout the short history of the school.  Our “highest priority” challenges, which are aligned with our School Improvement Plan, are listed below.

Reading

  • Note:  Approximately, two out of three students at ELCHS are Level 1 or 2 readers (54%).
  • Incorporate higher-order questioning, thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Improve student motivation levels.
  • Teach reading courses at higher levels of rigor and relevance.
  • Increase students’ ability to generalize, summarize, synthesize, analyze, infer, and evaluate information.  
  • Increase the percentage of G09 and G10 students scoring in Levels 3-5 by 16% on the 2013 FCAT Reading (improve from 32% to 48%).

Math

  • Incorporate higher-order questioning, thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Improve student motivation levels.
  • Teach math courses at higher levels of rigor and relevance.
  • Increase students’ ability to identify key information and apply appropriate mathematical knowledge, reasoning, skills, and equations, particularly when working with word problems and abstract concepts.  
  • Increase the percentage of G09 and G10 students scoring in Levels 3-5 by 5% on the 2013 Algebra I EOC (improve from 32% to 37%).
  • Increase the percentage of G09 and G10 students scoring in Levels 3-5 by 3% on the 2013 Geometry EOC (improve from 27% to 30%).

Science

  • Incorporate higher-order questioning, thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Improve student motivation levels.
  • Teach science courses at higher levels of rigor and relevance.
  • Increase students’ ability to master the use of standard science-based skills and concepts, including the appropriate writing of lab reports.  
  • Increase the percentage of G09 and G10 students scoring in Levels 3-5 by 11% on the 2013 Biology EOC (improve from 38% to 49%).

Writing

  • Incorporate higher-order questioning, thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Improve student motivation levels.
  • Incorporate writing across the curriculum at higher levels of rigor and relevance.
  • Increase students’ ability to read and evaluate writing prompts effectively, while remaining on topic, as well as to appropriately incorporate mature, expressive word choices, figurative language, complex sentence structures, and creative ideas.  
  • Increase the percentage of G10 students scoring in Levels 3-6 by 10% on the 2013 FCAT Writes (improve from 38% to 48%).


Best Practices

Continuous efforts are being made school-wide to focus on improving instruction across the curriculum.  Teachers have participated in extensive professional development throughout the year and are incorporating research-based strategies in their lesson planning and teaching.

East Lee County High School is proud of its initiative and efforts to implement the following items in order to improve the quality of teaching and learning within the school:

  • Subject Learning Resource Teachers (LRT) and Teacher Leaders – Four full-time LRTs and four full-time Teacher Leaders are utilized in the areas of writing, math, science, reading, social science, and students with exceptionalities to further assist teachers and students in overcoming our shared challenges.
  • Each teacher is assigned to a professional learning community (PLC). The master schedule allows for common planning. During common planning, teachers collaborate develop lesson plans, design assessments, analyze assessment results, and develop strategies to meet the needs of all students. The PLC also monitors the effectiveness of core instruction through the use of data retrieved from the common assessments. A professional development plan is generated to accommodate the needs of the PLC. The PLC also reports findings to administration and/or department chair.
  • Choosing Excellence Training – All administrators and approximately 100% of teachers have participated in a 3-day Choosing Excellence training to improve quality.
  • CARPD-NG Training – The 60-hour CARPD-NG training (content area reading) was provided on campus for all teachers three years.  To date, approximately two thirds of the staff (teachers\para-professionals, and support) have completed the full program.
  • Common Whiteboard Configuration in All Classrooms – Whiteboards have been mounted in all classrooms to enable teachers to post and maintain daily objective(s), agenda/activities, essential question(s), and data walls.  This standardized approach has encouraged more consistency among the staff to post and update the required information for their students.
  • OnCourse Lesson Plans – The use of web-based OnCourse for weekly lesson plans is mandated for all teachers.  OnCourse has allowed teachers to view and share lesson plans for common courses, as well as allowed administration to more thoroughly monitor the posting and quality of the weekly lesson plans.