School Learning Plan
Whitford Middle School
Whitford is a place of safety. We are known for being welcoming and accepting of all students. Whitford’s enrollment has stayed consistent hovering around 730 students for about the past 5 years. This is the first year where we are no longer the smallest comprehensive middle school. That award now belongs to HIghland Park. We are right around 53% students in poverty and racial demographics are close to 48% Latinx and 48% White with our Black population around 2%. We have an ISC, SRC, and EGC special education program as well as a Summa (120) and Dual Language (140) program.
We have spent the past five years trying to eliminate the stigma around both Summa and DL. We have changed our policies so both of these programs are more part of our entire school instead of a program simply being held at our school.
We have a robust Spanish speaking population of parents who are heavily involved in their child’s education and we have our monthly Breaking Barriers which is a Spanish speaking parent group who yearns for information in order to better assist their children. Disclaimer: Prior to the election of 2016, Breaking Barriers was thriving, but we had nobody show up for the first meeting after the election out of fear. It has taken four long years for the trust to return.
We are excited to host our 3rd annual Career Day. This year will be virtual, but we have worked hard as a staff to find diverse people from diverse occupations so our students are seeing people who look like them in professions. This experience is both rewarding to the presenters as well as our students.
We continue to push academic excellence. We were on the verge of showing tremendous gains last year on state testing, but due to this continual pandemic, these results will need to be celebrated at a school level as teachers continue to use the Reading and Writing Workshop Model from Teachers College.
We are excited to welcome the 6th graders next year from Raleigh Hills. This will increase our population by around 50 students for the next three years. It also will slightly lower our poverty rate. We are well aware that some of these parents will not be happy about being at Whitford, but we are committed to prove that Whitfrod is just as good or better than their experience at RH.
Date of Last Revision: November 23, 2020
District Goal: WE empower all students to achieve post-high school success.
WE Expect Excellence
- WE teach students knowledge and skills for our evolving world.
- WE seek, support, and recognize world-class employees.
- WE engage students with a variety of relevant and challenging learning experiences.
- WE create learning environments that promote student achievement.
WE Embrace Equity
- WE build honest, safe, and inclusive relationships with our diverse students and their families.
- WE provide needed support so that every student succeeds.
- WE work and learn in teams to understand student needs and improve learning outcomes.
- WE partner with our community to educate and serve students.