All students have access to the school’s entire program and assistance with a personal learning plan to prepare them for the pursuit of their academic, personal, and school-to-career goals.
Variety of Programs - Full Range of Choices
Morse High School counselors provide students with personal assistance as students pursue academic, personal, and school to career goals. Our counselors provide academic, social, emotional, college and career services to students to enable them to realize their potential. Students are assigned to a counselor based on the students’ last names and grade levels. The Counseling Department has an open door policy and students are encouraged to seek individual help. Students meet individually with their counselors in the spring of each year to discuss their course selection for the following year and review their graduation status. Information is provided to parents through a variety of ways: Back to School Night, Financial Aid workshops, the Auto
Dialer and our school’s website.
Morse High School’s Student Success Center is available to all students and is designed to assist students in every phase of the college application process, including financial aid and scholarships. At their request, parents can meet with counselors in the Student Success Center.
Morse High School ensures that all students meet graduation requirements. Our counselors use standardized assessments, completion of credits, and current grades to identify at-risk students to ensure they receive the interventions they need to be successful. Some of these interventions include: working with staff to adjust instruction and learning, CAHSEE ELA/math classes, Student Success Team meetings, Individualized Education Plans, 504 meetings and individual meetings with students and/ or parents.
Morse High School offers ROP courses and programs that allow students to pursue career and vocational options. Many of these classes include internships. Morse currently offers the following ROP classes: Computerized Graphic Design, Engineering, Culinary Arts, Child Development, and Auto Body. They received funds to modernize our Child Development, Culinary Arts and Auto Body programs. Many students who participate in these programs are interested in pursuing a career in these fields.
Morse High School offers the following Advanced Placement courses: AP Biology, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, AP Art History, AP Government, AP Spanish, AP Computer Science, AP Language, AP Literature, AP US History, AP European History, AP Psychology. These courses are offered to students as well as a variety of Advanced, Honors and Cluster classes.
Through the 21st Century Grant, Morse High School encourages student to explore a variety of interests. These programs include: Technology Mondays, Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA), project-based curriculum, fieldtrips to institutions of higher education (such as Envision, a female engineering conference at UCSD & the SHPE Engineering Conference at SDSU) Yoga, and Driver’s Education.
AVID CLASSES provide students with opportunities to acquire skills that will help them to be successful in college. Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a college-bound initiative from the Department of Education, in partnership with San Diego Unified School District and the University of California San Diego. Since the inception of the grant in 2006, a GEAR UP Counselor and Coordinator have supported students from the graduating classes of 2012 and 2013 in presenting information and opportunities pertaining to postsecondary options.
Morse High School staff is encouraged to post their syllabi on our school’s website. The syllabi provide evidence that all students and parents can access the needed information in order to be successful in their courses. Parents and students have access to their grades, assignments, attendance and teacher contact information through StudentConnect and ParentConnect. Parents are notified about important events through Morse High School’s auto dialer.
Many core content textbooks have publisher websites that are available to students and parents for at home support. Morse High School offers two open houses during the school year. The fall open house introduces courses and teachers. Tiger Showcase (spring open house) provides an opportunity for incoming 9th graders and their parents to tour the campus, meet the teachers and familiarize themselves with available programs, clubs and activities, as well as showcase student work.
Special Education teachers and staff collaborate daily with parents, students, and staff through co-taught instruction, IEP meetings, and student study teams. Special and general education staff work with students and parents to determine appropriate student schedules, develop and monitor progress of IEP goals, and identify necessary accommodations and modifications to the general education classroom, as well as assess student career and vocational interests and goals.
Monitoring/Changing Student Plans
All seniors at Morse High School are given a minimum of two credit checks during their senior year. To ensure they are on track with their academic progress towards graduation, students in grades 9 to 11 are given a minimum of one credit check per year. All entering freshmen are consulted in order to create a learning contract, which becomes a four-year learning plan that guides their course pathways during their time at Morse High School.
To remediate credit deficient students, credit recovery programs such as CRASH and APEX (online courses) are offered throughout the year for various core subjects. Progress reports are sent home to parents every six weeks to keep parents informed about their students’ academic performance.
An online credit evaluation program is being piloted and reviewed by counselors. This program produces user-friendly charts and tables that help track an individual student’s progress toward graduation and A-G requirements.
Special education teachers and case managers meet with students, parents, and staff to modify IEP’s annually. 504 conferences are held annually to meet the changing needs of students. Students who are identified at grading periods or by teacher recommendation for more support or placement in interventions sometimes have changes in their schedule in order to guide them back on track for graduation.
Post High School Transitions
Counselors meet with every senior in September to discuss postsecondary plans, including college and career plans. College representatives visit Morse High School to inform students of programs and campus life. A Financial Aid night and a FAFSA Night are offered to assist students and parents with the vast options for funding college.
All seniors must complete a portfolio and present an exhibition to a panel of staff, community members, parents and students.
JROTC provides scholarship opportunities and training for the students not only for careers in the military, but for careers in any industry. Through discipline, routine, and hard work the students who participate in JROTC are well-rounded, responsible community members who are better prepared for the diverse postsecondary options they will pursue.
ROP courses offer career education and skills for internships and employment and students receive college credit in courses articulated with a community college.
Special education students participate in post high school programs such as TRACE and Job Corp. These students receive support from a vocational rehabilitation specialist who assists in job placement. Special Education students in the moderate/severe program have Community Based Instruction which not only guides them in learning how to navigate through the community, spend money, make change, or budget for purchases. It also gives students the opportunity to work and earn income so they have valuable experience for their own post-secondary lives.
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)
GEAR UP has conducted numerous activities throughout the school year to assist students in preparing for their post high school options. Students were invited to attend workshops to prepare them for college entrance tests, including the PSAT Prep Session in October (99 Students), the ACT Study Session in December (26 Students), the SAT Prep Workshop in January (11 Students), and two SAT Prep Sessions before May and June (May=22 Students; June=60 Students). GEAR UP also carried out a large campaign to assist juniors (class of 2012) register for the final SAT test dates of the Junior Year. Students, who had a GPA of 2.5 and above and did not qualify for free or reduced lunch, received a GEAR UP scholarship, in which GEAR UP paid for their tests. Students on the free or reduced lunch program, used fee waivers provided by College Board. GEAR UP assisted a total of 200 students to register for the SAT administered in May and June. In an effort to ensure students were prepared for the test, SAT Checklist Meetings were held where GEAR UP met with students registered for the May 4th or June 4th SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject tests. Each student who submitted was two printed copies of their admission ticket, received a GEAR UP goodie bag filled with pencils, a reminder checklist to be used on the day of the test, and other necessary items (May=91 Students; June=154 Students). Financial Aid is another topic on which GEAR UP conducted a Financial Aid Night for students and their families to learn more about in January of 2011 (100 Students and Parents/Guardians). The Junior Workshop was also conducted in February of 2011 to assist students in: preparing for their senior year, creating a College Board account, registering for upcoming SAT and or ACT test dates, and researching and applying for scholarships (41 Students).
GEAR UP students have also participated in a variety of college fairs and campus tours throughout the years, teaching students about their post high school options. College Fairs have included the National College Fair in May 2010 (48 Students), Cal-SOAP College Fair in October 2010 (74 Students and Parents/Guardians), the RAP Conference/College and Career Fair (400 Students and Parents), and the Black College Expo in Los Angeles January 2010 (21 Students). GEAR UP students have toured college campuses such as: San Diego State University in October 2010 with the Educational Opportunity Program’s (EOP) Freshman for a Day (31 Students), California State University, Channel Islands and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles in December of 2010 (25 Students), California State University, San Marcos in March of 2011 for the Brothers & Sisters Gonna Work it Out Boys/Girls Conference (32 Students), and UCSD with the KP Core Student Organization in May of 2011 (189 Students). In 2009, the Counseling Department at Morse conducted the school’s first week-long college tour, the West Coast College Tour, for students to visit campuses outside of San Diego. A group of 40 students from all grade levels, along with four counselors, toured 10 colleges within the University of California system, the California State University system, and private colleges. During the Spring Break of 2011, GEAR UP continued this tour to campuses with the Northern California College Tour, bringing 20 juniors from Morse and a total of 80 students from all four GEAR UP high schools. GEAR UP is in the planning phase for the 2012 Northern California College Tour for students in the graduating class of 2013.
Local universities also visit the Morse campus to present students with information concerning their postsecondary options. In October of 2010, Morse High School hosted the District-wide event, “An Evening with UC San Diego” featuring Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, a workshop devoted to informing students and families about admissions requirements for all University of California campuses and other college related topics (99 Students). In May of 2011, Former Morse High School students and current UC Berkeley student working with the PASS (Pilipino Academic Student Services) Outreach Program up at UC Berkeley visited a variety of classes to present students with some of the tools and resources that are necessary to reach a higher level of education (152 Students). Students from the Black Student Recruitment and Retention program at UC Berkeley also conducted a similar presentation in October 2011 (80 Students).
The 21st Century Grant supports Morse students to attend M.E.Ch.A Annual High School Conferences at SDSU (November 2010 & November 2011) and UCSD (February 2011). College students motivated Morse students to continue their education by attending an institution of higher education. Students have the opportunity to attend workshops on financial aid, career explorations and skills that will help them become successful in college, and industry. Morse students also attended the IDEAS Conference at UCLA (May 2011).
Analysis of Additional Evidence
We learned that many of our programs and collaborative efforts overlap when it comes to addressing student access to our school offerings and assistance with developing student-based personal learning plans. All stakeholders at Morse High School collaborate in a variety of ways in order to provide students with learning opportunities that are rigorous and practical, and that also prepare them to meet their goals.
· Class selection sheet
· Course flow charts
· GEAR UP & City College Career Boot Camp (2010, 2011)
· Career Exploration Summer Program
· Pharmacy Day
· Scientist in the Classroom
· Tiger Fest RAP Parent-Student Conference
· Cal SOAP Career Fair
· Envision 2011&2012 Flyer ( Female Engineering Conference at UCSD)
· 2011 SHPE Engineering Conference at SDSU Flyer
· MESA Industry Shadow Day Power Point for Nov. 17, 2011
· ROP fliers
· Morse High School website
· Open House fliers
· Tiger Show Case fliers
· Learning upgrade, online textbooks
· GEAR UP Parent University
· EdConnect,Blackboard, StudentConnect, ParentConnect
· IEP Summary sheet
· Progress Report for Special Ed. Students
· Blank copy of the learning contract for a 4 year plan
· Senior deficiency letter
· Graduation check lists.
· Transcript Evaluation Service printout for students
· FAFSA Night flier
· Senior portfolio
· PSAT Workshop
· ACT Workshop
· SAT Workshop
· SAT Prep Workshop (May)
· SAT Prep Workshop (June)
· SAT mass registration
· SAT Checklist (May)
· SAT Checklist (June)
· GEAR UP Financial Aid Night
· Junior Workshop
· National College Fair
· Cal SOAP College Fair
· TigerFest RAP Conference
· Black College Fair
· SDSU Freshman for a Day
· M.E.Ch.A High School Conference Flyers (SDSU 2010 & 2011)
· IDEAS at UCLA Flyer