Big money is helping make Red Bluff Union High School feel smaller.
As one of only 28 schools nationwide
to receive the Smaller Learning
Communities Grant, the school will
use the grant to implement a program
that administrators are hopeful will
allow each student to thrive under
more personal attention that will be
During the first 2 years of the federal
grant the school will receive
$720,641. Over the course of 5 years
the school will get a total of $2 million.
The idea of the smaller learning
communities program is to create
houses of separate groups of students,
Superintendent Dan Curry said.
Those students would have the same
class schedule and spend a great part
of their high school years together.
students become upperclassmen, they
would most likely be grouped by
"We're really excited about this,"
Curry said. "This grant allows us to
build at a time when we know
resources are limited."
The goals of the program are to
increase student achievement and
graduation rate and get more students
to move on to post-secondary education.
These goals go hand-in-hand
with the philosophy of Expect More
Tehama, which is bolstering local
efforts to get more students to go to
college or vocational training, Curry
The district has had a similar program
for freshmen and sophomores
but it was cut due to a lack of funding.
With the grant, that program can be
Already some freshmen are participating
in a small group program and
are benefiting, Curry said. Now the
idea is to extend that to the entire
school, so each student will belong in
a specific group or house.
A small group environment is successful
because it allows for more
focus on individual students. For students,
it can bring a sense of security
and belonging because they become
familiar with their classmates.
"The goal is that no one falls
through the cracks," Curry said.
"Over the life of the grant, we hope to
impact every student."
Over the next 5 years, performance
indicators will be tracked.
the program shows growth and reaches
its targets, there is a chance it
would continue to be funded.
Staff Writer Tang Lor can be reached at 527-2153, extension 110, or at firstname.lastname@example.org