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The High School for Excellence and Innovation

NCLD is proud to announce the 2012 Public School Recipient of the Pete and Carrie Rozelle Award: The High School for Excellence and Innovation, in New York, New York. Principal Tyona Washington proudly accepted the award at NCLD’s 2012 “Celebrating Our Schools” Luncheon, on Monday, November 5th.

The High School for Excellence and Innovation (HSEI) is the first of its kind in New York City, providing transitional support for students who struggled with seemingly insurmountable challenges in middle school. Many of HSEI’s students have a documented learning disability or other learning struggles, and all students are empowered through the school’s positive culture and personalized support.

HSEI has championed the ReDesign Education model, an education innovation in which all best practices are combined in a complete approach to curriculum. For example, the program for student literacy includes cross-discipline development among texts; universal access to the High School English Language Arts (ELA) scope and sequence in reading, writing, speaking, and listening; development of metacognition as an active process during reading; and weekly professional development for all teachers.

With a firm connection to the community, HSEI provides a full-time, on-site academic counseling service called The East Side House Settlement. This service assists the school’s youth development model by providing workshops for parents, alongside social, recreational, and educational opportunities for HSEI’s students and their families. This support allows students to graduate in four to five years, and to be able to pass the required New York State graduation requirements and the Regents Exams.

At the High School for Excellence and Innovation, students who are off-track before high school are given the individualized support necessary to catch up and earn their high school diploma fully prepared to succeed in college, post-secondary training, or employment leading to a career track.