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Part II: School Profile
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Eastin-Arcola High School is a continuation high school located in the Madera Unified School District with a current enrollment of 258 students. Consisting of four corridors of classrooms as well as a group of portables, Eastin-Arcola originally operated as a K-8 school campus until it’s closure at the conclusion of the 2007-08 school year. In addition to the student classrooms, Eastin-Arcola has a CalSafe day care program where parenting teens bring their children while they attend school. A Migrant Head Start program is run adjacent to the campus from May through November.
Eastin-Arcola is located on the southwest edge of Madera in the San Joaquin Valley, a long-standing rural agricultural community of approximately 61,000 citizens. Students attending EAHS live anywhere within the over 400 square miles of the Madera Unified School District boundaries, with the majority of students being bussed to and from school. During the month of June 2011 Madera County’s unemployment rate was 15.2%, compared to the state’s average of 12.1%. The foreclosure rates for Madera County in March of 2011 showed that 1 in every 123 houses was in foreclosure.
The 2007-08 school year would mark Eastin-Arcola’s final year of operation as a K-8 school, as MUSD opened Parkwood Elementary, located within the city limits. In the spring of 2010, MUSD identified several additional budgetary reductions including the closure and subsequent merging of its two continuation high schools, Mountain Vista and Ripperdan, combining the schools on the Eastin-Arcola campus. Eastin-Arcola High School opened to serve high school students for the 2010-11 school year.
Eastin-Arcola High had the unique dilemma of being a new school and a school in Program Improvement status year 5, as both schools were unable to reach their growth targets in previous years. As a result, our school community has focused its collective resources into improving the CAHSEE proficiency rates of our 10th grade students. While both schools were in Program Improvement independently, , the state required that the combined schools take on the PI status of the school furthest along in Program Improvement, Mountain Vista High School. For the 2011-12 school year, Eastin-Arcola enters Program Improvement Plus.
Enrollment by Grade and Ethnicity
Migrant Education Students
Special Education Students
Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Students
Results of CELDT for 2010 Administration (Data collected from Edusoft):
California Standards Test 2010-2011 School Year (Data collected form Edusoft):
California High School Exit Exam 10th Grade Comparison Data (data collected for Data Quest)
In sum, our data suggests that the teachers and administrators with whom we spoke see the current mission of continuation education quite differently from how it was originally conceived. These educators see their purpose as an obligation to provide diploma programs that reconnect students to learning, attend to student’s academic and interpersonal needs, develop students’ civic responsibility, and create pathways to post-secondary education or training.
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