Destination 2025: The Plan for HCPS
Objective: Students will have opportunities to engage in rigorous learning experiences.
Implementation Driver: Develop and implement a comprehensive plan to increase the enrollment of historically marginalized students in gifted, advanced courses and academically oriented enrichment programing, and provide the necessary support for them to succeed.
Target Completion Year: 2022
Objective: Students will have LifeReady experiences during their educational careers that lead to college or career readiness.
Implementation Driver: Transform the curriculum for pre-K through grade 12 to ensure alignment to the Henrico Learner Profile and Deeper Learning model using the lens of the Culturally Responsive Education model.
Target Completion Year: 2021
Focusing attention toward the goals in Destination 2025 involves ensuring equitable opportunities for all students looking for a challenging learning experience. A thorough review of the admissions and selection process is a logical step for I.B. programs in Henrico.
Addressing recommendations from the 2020 I.B. evaluation report, the department will continue to refine how I.B. principles merge in the design, delivery and assessment framework within the division’s five authorized I.B. schools.
Fidelity across our programs within curricular experiences will move HCPS I.B. programs to the next level with a more systematic review and feedback cycle of support for the staff. Pulling teams together to set and establish expectations, along with application of the recommendations from our 2020 evaluation, will result in targeted professional learning opportunities.
As recommended in the I.B. evaluation, relevant and ongoing professional development is a key to implementing I.B. programs successfully. In an effort to further move I.B. principles into practice, developing an I.B.-infused annual professional development plan for each school is the first immediate action. The alignment of professional learning plans amongst all HCPS I.B. schools will ensure a consistent approach to supporting core I.B. elements.
Secondly, the I.B. team will focus on the fidelity within curriculum unit design, incorporation of skills students need in order to learn the content, opportunities for service, and action beyond the classroom. Support for the development and review of I.B. units with targeted feedback will strengthen the partnerships across the division. Doing so will not only strengthen the I.B. programs’ progress but will also build up the division’s community of I.B. educators.
Each action taken in the growth of the I.B. programs must be done with an intentional focus on providing rigorous opportunities for the greatest number of students. These can be accomplished through a variety of actions. Henrico High School will complete the journey for full authorization as a Career-related Program prior to the start of the 2021-22 school year. J.R. Tucker High School will maximize the brand new learning facility through use of new learning spaces to foster collaboration across programs and content areas. In addition, HCPS will address the number of seats available to ensure a balance of opportunities for students feeding into the Fairfield, George Moody and Tuckahoe middle schools’ I.B. programs.
Broadening Access: Plans for the Three IBMYP Middle Schools
In support of the fourth and final recommendation of the 2020 IB Program Evaluation, we look to complete the full IB journey by supporting our three middle years programs at Fairfield, Tuckahoe, and Moody in a move to a whole school program. By broadening access to all students attending these zoned schools, we would be leveraging the current authorized program status to give additional rigorous opportunities to more students.
All George Moody Middle sixth grade students take I.B. Middle Schools Program language and Literature (English 6) in addition to I.B. Middle Schools Program electives and physical and health education. Other Moody courses for grades 6-8 explore elements of I.B. inquiry strategies to prepare for implementation the following year.
Fairfield and Tuckahoe explore elements of I.B. inquiry strategies in English 6 classes to prepare for implementation.
For fall 2022’s fifth grade applicants, five elementary schools along the Three Chopt Road corridor shift from I.B. student placement at George Moody M.S. to placement at Tuckahoe M.S. for I.B. These schools are Ruby Carver, Jackson Davis, Pemberton, Pinchbeck and Skipwith.
Determining which I.B. middle school serves your neighborhood:
Henrico High School provides the I.B. Middle Schools Program Health and Physical Education class to all freshmen and sophomores.
English and history courses at Henrico High School’s I.B. Middle Schools Program are designed, delivered and assessed using I.B. principles for all interested students, with consideration for each student’s learning needs.
The two-year I.B. Career-related Program, authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization in 2021, graduates its first I.B. Career-related Program certificate students.
All George Moody Middle sixth grade students will take a full schedule of I.B. Middle Years Program core and elective classes.
Moody adds I.B. Middle Years Program Language and Literature (English 7) for all seventh graders.
All Fairfield and Tuckahoe middle school sixth grade students take I.B. Middle Years Program Language and Literature (English 6) in addition to physical and health education and select electives. Other Fairfield and Tuckahoe courses for grades 6-8 continue exploration and use of I.B. inquiry strategies in preparation for implementation the following year.
Fairfield Middle School adds 35 I.B. seats for a total of 135 seats available to rising sixth graders entering the program by application.
Tuckahoe Middle School adds 30 I.B. seats for a total of 130 seats available to rising sixth graders entering the program by application.
Moody Middle School continues to offer up to 225 seats for rising sixth graders entering the program by application.
J.R. Tucker High School continues using new learning spaces for students across levels to to learn, connect and collaborate in new spaces, providing additional opportunities for cross-curricular and cross-program exploration.
J.R. Tucker adds 50 I.B. seats, doubling access for a total of 100 seats available to rising ninth graders entering the program by application.
Expansion of the IB programs in our I.B. schools is referred to as “growing the pie.” This plan will allow more zoned students in the neighborhood to experience benefits that come with learning in an I.B. World School through I.B. instructional principles, without taking away services from existing students.