Fredericksburg City

Gladys P. Todd Academy

Categories: Fredericksburg City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

The Gladys P. Todd Academy stems from a partnership between Germanna Community College, Fredericksburg City Schools, Spotsylvania County Schools, and Doris Buffett’s Sunshine Lady Foundation. This academic program allows the students to earn an associate’s degree from Germanna Community College, concurrent with a high school diploma. The program allows for mentoring, academic coaching, and participation in cultural enrichment activities. The Gladys P. Todd Academy is designed to ensure college success by providing the students with an opportunity to begin the college process in high school. After successful completion of this program, students will then be able to transition to colleges and universities in Virginia with two years of college coursework already completed. Tuition, fees, books and associated program costs are supported by the Sunshine Lady Foundation. As a result of this program, students will be academically and socially prepared for the college experience.

Contact:

Dr. Harry Thomas III
Director of Instruction
hthomas@cityschools.com
540-372-1130


Meeting the Needs of Students through a More Diversified and Relevant Summer School Experience

Categories: Fredericksburg City, Workforce Readiness and Career & Technical Education | 2016

Description:

In response to the federal and state education agencies efforts to ensure that our youth are “college and career ready” upon departure from high school, Fredericksburg City Public Schools restructured the summer academic programs in a threefold manner: 1. Mandatory participation for students who met specified criteria; 2. An emphasis on data driven literacy and numeracy proficiency; 3. Experiential instructional methodologies that are mastery-based. The students who participated in the summer program experienced diverse methods of instruction. Students received computer-based instruction that was individualized and student-centered. Participants were given direct instruction from a master teacher with documented success on the Standards of Learning assessments. Lastly, students were guided by teaching assistants (college students) for activity-based instruction, which provided concrete activities that reinforced academic concepts presented during direct instruction. The enumerated instructional stations were provided to the students through class meetings during the course of the four hour school day.

Contact:

Dr. Harry Thomas III
Director of Instruction
hthomas@cityschools.com
540-372-1130