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Critical Strengths and Needs

Norwalk High School

March 2015 Accreditation

Critical Strengths and Needs


5 Critical Strengths


  1. Norwalk High School has a wide variety of clubs and extracurricular activities during and after-school, as well as courses that are offered that encompass a wide range of interests in the diverse student body.
  2. Within its daily schedule, Norwalk High School provides formal time for common planning, as well as time to analyze assessment data and revise assessments in each department.
  3. Collaboration of teachers to personalize strategies according to students’ needs, frequently resulting in authentic learning through multiple types of media.
  4. The commitment by teachers to expand their knowledge base in their content area and in content-specific instructional practices through higher education, pedagogical research, professional organizations, and/or personal endeavors.
  5. The wealth of experience and knowledge that the licensed and certified personnel possess.


5 Critical Needs


  1. Establish a formal structure and process to ensure effective and direct communication between the building leader and the school staff, as well as transparency in important decisions around the priorities of the school rooted in the core values, beliefs, and learning expectations.
  2. Improve current state of technology to better meet the needs of the school’s 21st century learning expectations.
  3. Analyze and investigate class size and composition, especially in classes with special education students and English Language Learners.
  4. Develop a long-term plan to aggressively identify curriculum, instruction, assessment, policies, procedures, decisions, and resource allocations that require alignment of the school’s core values and beliefs about learning as well as the school’s learning expectations.
  5. Reduce staff cuts to limit the impact on the number of courses offered.
Adam Reynolds,
Jan 12, 2015, 12:30 PM
Adam Reynolds,
Mar 12, 2015, 12:03 PM