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Chaparral High School Model of Turnaround School Success
Chaparral High School Model of Turnaround School Success


Changes may be on the horizon for several campuses in the Clark County School District, because they are failing to make the grade.

The CCSD will select a handful of low-performing schools Monday to be designated as turnaround schools.

A school that went through the same process two years ago has shown the program can work.

Chaparral High School was made a turnaround school in 2010. The principal was replaced along with half the teaching staff. David Wilson replaced the outgoing principal.

"When we came into the school, there were good people, but there were a lot of problems. There was floor to ceiling graffiti in the bathroom. There were a lot of violence issues, and not a lot of focus on graduation," Wilson said.

Elizabeth Moses is a social studies teacher at Chaparral. She watched the school's transition.

"The students know what the expectations are for all of them. Regardless of where they came from or where they plan to go afterwards," Moses said.

According to Moses, decreasing class size and more money helped the school recover from being one of the chronically underperforming schools in the district.

Students agree they can see the change.  

"Everyone looks more enthused about going to school, coming to class, learning and taking the time to pay attention and get the information we need," senior Tichina Savoy said.

The improvements can be seen in just a few numbers. In 2010, the school had a graduation rate of just 33 percent. After just the first year of being a turnaround school, the graduation rate jumped to 48 percent.