Hamilton High School Annual Report
Dear Parents and Community Members:
We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2021-22 educational progress for the Hamilton High School. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and state laws. The school’s report contains information about student assessment, accountability, and teacher quality. If you have any questions about the AER, please contact Mr. Bosch for assistance.
The AER is available for you to review electronically by using this link or you may review a copy in the main office at your child’s school.
For the 2021-22 school year, schools were identified using definitions and labels as required in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). A Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) school is one that has at least one underperforming student subgroup. An Additional Targeted Support (ATS) school is one that has a student subgroup performing at the same level as the lowest 5% of all schools in the state. A Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) school is one whose performance is in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state or has a graduation rate at or below 67%. Some schools are not identified with any of these labels. In these cases, no label is given. Our school has not been given one of these labels.
We are continuously working to improve on our challenges. One significant challenge that we faced in the 2021-22 school year was as a result of the COVID Pandemic and the required shift to virtual learning. As a school and district we have created a plan to adapt, adopting a learning management system that has increased benefits for a fully virtual educational model as well as increased instructional benefits in traditional modes of learning. An additional challenge is helping our bottom 30% of students to improve at the same rate as all students. We are also working to increase our overall achievement scores on the SAT & MStep. Some of the major influences are our work with MIBLSI in improving our reading strategies as well as enhancing instructional strategies through our professional development opportunities.
State Law also requires that we report the following additional information.
Process for assigning pupils to the school: Students are assigned to Hamilton High School by age and grade in school as well as credit needs. Students from outside the district may be accepted to a Hamilton Community Schools building as part of the schools of choice process, which considers the number of students already enrolled at each grade level to determine the number of openings available.
Status of the 3-5 year school improvement plan: Hamilton High School’s school improvement process is coordinated with the district process; goals for improvement reflect the needs of the students in our building and support the Hamilton Community Schools’ District School Improvement Plan. The staff and parent representatives study student data, establish goals and monitor progress.
All Hamilton High School students will achieve academic success as measured by SAT college and career readiness benchmarks, a composite score of 1100. All Hamilton High School students will achieve social-emotional success as measured by staff/student/parent perception data of 3.75. All Hamilton High School staff will have a comprehensive understanding of our district’s learning management system.
Core curriculum: All students have access to Hamilton’s core curriculum. Information about the core curriculum is available in each school office and on the district website: www.hamiltonschools.us. Support is provided, as needed, through a variety of supportive services including special education, after school tutoring, summer school and individually planned accommodations. The high school has fully implemented the common core in English and Math. Social studies, business and the arts focused on implementing common core literacy standards into their curriculum. Science classes have an increased focus on extending the students' learning and increasing inquiry within the science classroom with the approach in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Aggregate Student Achievement Results: 11th Grade Performance Data
Parent-Teacher Conference Attendance: Attending parent/teacher conferences is one of many ways parents continually support and enhance the learning of Hamilton High School students. The following table shows a comparison of students represented at Parent Teacher Conferences for the last two school years. Additionally, parents and students both access the PowerSchool online system for current information about assignments and student achievement.
Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate/College Equivalent Courses
Hamilton High School provided students with the opportunity to take college level equivalent courses.
College Credit/Dual Enrollment
Hamilton High School provides serious college-bound high school students with the opportunity to enroll part-time at a degree granting accredited college or university. 11th and 12th graders who have exhausted Hamilton High School's curricular offerings in a particular field of study, and who have taken all areas on the MME and have passed the area in which they would like to enroll, are eligible to apply.
Hamilton High School students continue to demonstrate strong academic achievement, which is guided by our dedicated teachers, support staff, and parents. Thank you for all you do to continue to support the achievement of our students!
Mitchell Bosch, Hamilton High School Principal
David Sheppard, Hamilton High School Assistant Principal
Eric Talsma, Hamilton High School Athletic Director