School Characteristics and Replicable Practices
Adairville School (Logan County)
- Community: Rural farming community in western Kentucky
- Enrollment: 121 in grades 6-8
- Grade levels: P-8
- School schedule: Seven-period day
- Rubrics are widely used as a means of letting students know teacher expectations, and students are involved in their development at times.
- A no-zero policy has been established and is enforced.
- Arts-infused instruction is present throughout the curriculum.
- Diagnostic, formative and common assessments are used regularly along with student self-assessment and self-reflection.
- Flex time has been designed to reinforce and extend learning, providing a time for students to receive needed interventions.
- A daily morning assembly sets the stage for the rest of the day.
- Cooperative grouping of students is an integral part of instruction.
- CARDS program recognizes students demonstrating character, attitude, respect, dedication and success (CARDS).
- All 7th- and 8th-grade students participate in a book study, Teenagers in the Real World.
- Strong, effective collaboration between regular education and special education teachers is evident.
- Word of the Month and Ron Clark’s Essential 55 are used as tools for building character in all students.
- Student Leadership Team meets regularly with principal to discuss school needs.
- Home visits help develop positive relationships and aid communication with parents and families.
- Individual Learning Plans (ILP) are developed with all students.
- Learning cadres have been established to focus on curriculum and instruction as they relate to student achievement.
- The administration and culture of the school encourage teachers to research, theorize and put theory into practice.
- Early dismissal of students on Fridays provides teachers time to focus on instruction and curriculum.
- New teachers participate in the district’s Professional Growth Academy.
- Teachers move along with students for grades 6-8, giving students the same set of teachers all three years.
- Teachers are provided with a day to go visit other schools for the purpose of observing master teachers to expand and improve their repertoire of teaching strategies.