Harper High School
The Plan & Implementation
Harper Public High School on Chicago’s South Side was experiencing a plethora of problems – low graduation rates, high dropout rates, too many incidents of serious misconduct and ineffective teaching methods.
As a result, the school was labeled “underperforming” and became eligible for federal funding as a “turnaround” school. Harper High implemented the Boys Town Education Model® in order to make marked improvements that would benefit the school, its students and its teachers.
Using the Education Model, Harper High School developed a clear set of goals:
Harper High School established that all certified staff members as well as noncertified support staff would participate in Model Implementation. Tactics included team-building, revisions to curriculum and instruction, and assessments of teachers and teaching methods.
One year after implementing the Boys Town Education Model®, Harper High School experienced dramatic results. The dropout rate greatly diminished, graduation and attendance rates significantly increased and student learning levels rose.
“When you have students dropping out, committing acts of violence at school and failing to meet the minimum academic standards, then you know that something has to change. The Boys Town Education Model has been instrumental in helping us transform the climate and culture of our schools.”
— Dr. Don Fraynd, chief area officer for Office of School Improvement
Chicago Public Schools
“I feel like everybody has come together. It’s like a family here. I’m happy to come to school every day.”
— Robert, Harper High School student
“I really like it now, and I’m proud to say I will graduate from here.”
— Therese, Harper High School student