My students are ninth graders who are curious about ways to improve their communities. Our school accepts students on a zip-code based lottery system so our population is diverse economically, geographically, racially, linguistically and educationally. Our curriculum and focus is on project based learning. During each semester, students are able to engage in three different content areas for two hour blocks of time.
Because our school is small and resources are limited, we do not have a school library.
Instead, students rely on teacher libraries for books and magazines to read during independent reading time and research.
We are building a school from the ground up! In our second year we now are serving a total of 220 students in grades 9 and 10. Due to our infancy, our inventory of books is still quite slim.
Since we do not have a school library, it is the responsibility of the classrooms to provide a rich and diverse volume of texts for our students to read.
Last year, we made progress in building our library but hope to continue adding more titles that appeal to a variety of cultures, ability levels, and interests. At the end of the year, it is our goal to have each student recount their reading experience as one filled with joy and engagement.
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