THE COMPREHENSIVE MODEL
Transforming a struggling high school into a high-performing college prep school often requires deep cultural and structural changes. It helps to have a model backed by research, characterized by its flexible strength, and proven repeatedly in practice.
ISA's comprehensive model draws its flexible strength from the Seven Principles that frame the model. Strength because the principles are non-negotiable: we know that these Seven Principles must be in evidence for change – and students - to be successful. The flexibility is evident in implementation. Whether a school is a STEM school or a creative arts academy or a Career and Technical Education (CTE) school, the implementation of the model and the Seven Principles can be customized to suit the particular culture and goals of the school.
ISA collaborates with the school district and school leadership on the design and implementation of the new, small, personalized school that is focused preparing all students for success in college.
The implementation tends to take one of the following forms:
Because the entire school community is responsible for the ultimate success of each student, the ISA model includes extensive onsite support and professional development to ensure long-term success and sustainability. An ISA liaison works closely with the district to establish and support the conditions necessary for effective implementation of the ISA model.