William Smith High School Designated an Expeditionary Learning Mentor School

William Smith High School has been designated an Expeditionary Learning Mentor School for the 2011-2012 academic year. The award recognizes William Smith High School as one of the top performing schools in Expeditionary Learning’s national network of 165 schools in 30 states. William Smith High School consistently exceeds district averages on all standard measures, including ACT and CSAP achievement and growth.

Scott Hartl, President and CEO of Expeditionary Learning, noted that “Expeditionary Learning’s Mentor Schools stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the highest performing schools in the nation because of their students’ academic achievement, college readiness skills and deep engagement in learning. They will be an invaluable resource for our entire network.”

As an Expeditionary Learning Mentor School, William Smith High School will host professional residencies, showcase best practices and play an active role in bringing all EL schools to the same high level of performance.

“We’re excited to join Expeditionary Learning’s national network of high achieving schools and contribute our voices to the dialogue on educational reform, both here locally and nationally,” said William Smith High School Principal Jane Shirley.

Expeditionary Learning partners with school districts and charter boards to open new schools and transform existing schools at all levels, preK-12, and in all settings – urban, rural, and suburban. The EL model challenges students to think critically and to take active roles in their classrooms and communities, resulting in higher achievement, greater engagement with school, and college readiness. The national network of EL schools and professional colleagues includes 165 schools, 4,000 teachers, and 45,000 students.