The Whole School Model: School-wide Transformation
When Portland Public Schools, Portland Community College, and SEI formed a partnership in the 2010-2011 academic year, the district’s four-year high school graduation rate was under 55%. In addition, the graduation rate for African American students was 44%. In contrast, nearly all (98%) of SEI’s predominately low-income African-American core program students were graduating from high school on time, and 85% were going on to post-secondary education.
SEI’s Whole School Model (WSM)—the innovative expansion of SEI’s core program was established in 2010-11 at Jefferson High School in partnership with Portland Public Schools (PPS). WSM makes SEI’s comprehensive mentoring, tutoring, and other “24/7” wraparound support services available to every student enrolled in the Jefferson High School. The WSM is an integral part of the annual Jefferson school improvement plan and data-driven strategies to increase academic achievement, consistent with Oregon’s graduation requirements and college/career readiness goals.
Whole School Model Growth
2009-10: SEI serves 72 students school-wide at Jefferson.
2010-11: Whole School Model begins; SEI serves 149 students, including 86 freshmen.
2011-12: SEI serves 195 students (104 freshmen, or 82% of freshman class).
2012-13: SEI serves 252 students (94 freshmen, 95 sophomores, 49 juniors, 14 seniors)
2013-14: SEI serving 343 students (114 freshmen, 101 sophomores, 76 juniors, 50 seniors)
Since its launch in 2010-11, the WSM has already helped achieve impressive gains: In 2015 Jefferson’s graduation rate improved by 12 points, students’ on-track to graduate rate increased from 55% to 81%. In 2016 Jefferson’s graduation rate was 84% and African American students at Jefferson posted 88% graduation rate.