For the second time, Maplewood Richmond Heights High School has been recognized for the academic success of its students in the face of challenges resulting from student poverty rates, according the school. The last time was in 2013.
MRH has been recognized as a 2017 National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) “Breakthrough School” as a result of the hard work of the students, teachers, and school community, the school says.
The Breakthrough Schools program, initiated in 2007, identifies, recognizes, and showcases middle and high schools that serve a large number of students living in poverty, and are high achieving or dramatically improving student achievement.
NASSP is the leading organization of and voice for school principals, assistant principals, and school leaders from across the United States and in over 35 countries around the world.
In a press release about MRH on the NASSP website: “Goals are not goals at this diverse urban school; they are “areas of attack”. This forceful attitude yielded significant and consistent student achievement over time. Teachers, in teams, benchmark against state standards, utilize assessment growth measures, and review student work with each other to improve teaching and learning. Students are given model papers that make expectations clear and, via flexible scheduling, are given intensive support as needed during the school day to address deficits. There is “no opt out” for any member of the MRHHS community in this culture.”