The educational program of Jarabacoa Christian School is grounded in the Effective Schools Research, originally developed in the early 1980’s by Professor Ronald R. Edmonds of Harvard University and Michigan State University. The Effective Schools Research has determined a set of seven research-based school attributes that are associated with quantifiably improved student learning. An “Effective School” is defined as an institution in which all children obtain at least the essential knowledge, concepts and skills needed to be successful at the next higher level. The seven correlates of Effective Schools are defined as follows:
Clear School Mission - In the effective school, there is a clearly articulated school mission through which the staff shares an understanding of and commitment to instructional goals, priorities, assessment procedures and accountability. Staff accepts responsibility for students’ learning of the school’s essential curricular goals.
High Expectations for Success - In the effective school, there is a climate of expectation in which the staff believes and demonstrates that all students can attain mastery of the essential content and school skills, and the staff also believes that they have the capability to help all students achieve that mastery.
Instructional Leadership – In the effective school, the principal acts as an instructional leader and effectively and persistently communicates that mission to the staff, parents, and students. The principal understands and applies the characteristics of instructional effectiveness in the management of the instructional program.
Frequent Monitoring of Student Progress – In the effective school, student academic progress is measured frequently. A variety of assessment procedures are used. The results of the assessments are used to improve individual student performance and also to improve the instructional program.
Opportunity to Learn and Student Time on Task – In the effective school, teachers allocate a significant amount of classroom time to instruction in the essential content and skills. For a high percentage of this time students are engaged in whole class or large group, teacher-directed, planned learning activities.
Safe and Orderly Environment – In the effective school, there is an orderly, purposeful, businesslike atmosphere which is free from the threat of physical harm. The school climate is not oppressive and is conducive to teaching and learning.
Home – School Relations – In the effective school, parents understand and support the school’s basic mission and are given the opportunity to play an important role in helping the school to achieve that mission.