attended after the redesign. Only half
to redesign the high school years to
planning ahead and turning her assign-
of the 2003 University Park graduates
prepare all students for a successful
ments in on time—and that will
had graduated or were on track to
transition to college.
help her stay on the road to a college
graduate college within six years of their
Ana De La Torre, now in her first year degree. EL
high school graduation. In contrast,
at Clark University, said academics were
93 percent of those who graduated
1National Center for Education Statistics.
not her biggest challenge—she actually (2000). National education longitudinal study.
in 2007 were on track—and students
felt ahead of her classmates in writing
Washington, DC: Author.
from that class reported that the new
and analyzing. But managing her time
senior year had helped prepare them
2Conley, D. T. (2007). Redefining college
has been a struggle, and when she looks readiness, Volume 3. Eugene, OR: Educa-
for college. Although students from the back on her senior year in high school, tional Policy Improvement Center.
class of 2007 were just beginning their
she sees how teachers attempted to
postsecondary careers at the time of the prepare her. In particular, she recalls a
survey, University Park staff members
paper she missed for English teacher
hope that this feeling of preparation has Dan St. Louis. “I didn’t want to do it, so Donna Rodrigues retired in 2010 from
stayed with them as they’ve proceeded
I didn’t pass it in, and then I forgot
her position of associate vice president
about it,” she said. “When I saw my
at Jobs for the Future. She was the
University Park is working to spread grade, I was kind of surprised. He had
planner and founding principal of University Park Campus School. Cecilia Le
the lessons from its redesign beyond
never come to me about it. At first I was is a documentation specialist at Jobs for
its walls. Using the school’s success
mad at him, but then I realized it’s
the Future, where she develops publica-
as a model, Jobs for the Future works
about time he did that.” Remembering
tions and products about early college
with districts around the United States
that lesson helps her see the value of
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