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Ira Harbison Elementary School

3235 E. 8th Street
National City, CA
http://nsd.us/schools/iraharbison/

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Contact Information:
Beverly Hayes
Principal
619.336.8200
Beverly.Hayes@national.k12.ca.us

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Preschool
Elementary

Suburban

School Wide

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

Although nearly half (45%) of Ira Harbison students are English language learners who speak Spanish or Tagalog as their first language, students routinely test above California state averages. A key element in the school's success appears to be its intensive English language instruction, which embeds English language development activities through the language arts (and increasingly, math) programs. At the beginning of each school year, English learners are given the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). Teachers use the data to devise a plan of action for appropriate ELD interventions.

Program Descriptors Include:
Early Childhood Education, Professional Development, Academic Improvement, Bi-lingual/ESL, Literacy Development

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • Low achievement
  • Low commitment to school

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self

School

  • Comprehensive diagnostic systems
  • Rigorous and relevant instruction
  • Academic support
  • Supportive school climate
  • Encourage family involvement/community supports

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies
School Districts

Teachers
Counselors
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Unspecified

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

Ira Harbison Elementary has indeed earned recognition as an excellent school. In 2004, the school was cited as a California Distinguished School. It was a "Beating the Odds" school in 2003, a Title I Achieving School in 2002 and a Title 1 Academic Achieving School in 2007. Student test results on the California Standards Test (CST) and California Achievement Test have consistently exceeded both state and district averages, and all subgroups have surpassed expectations for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Ira Harbison's Academic Performance Index (API) score for 2006 was 785, up from 775 in 2005 (California's API scores range from 200 to 1,000, with a target score of 800 or higher. The state average for 2006 was 720.). This growth placed Ira Harbison in the top 10% of similar schools.

How evaluation data was collected:
Unspecified

Additional Evaluation Information:
http://nsd.us/uploadsxx/sarc/harbison_sarc.pdf

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