Dear Yokota High School Stakeholders,
Our school is a diverse community. We serve about 287 students with 44 staff members, and we are committed to preparing independent thinkers and lifelong learners through a rigorous curriculum aligned to college and career ready standards. We have a fully certified staff who are considered experts in the subjects they teach. The rigorous coursework occurs in a 21st century learning open-concept design. The coursework we provide includes not only core classes and graduation requirements, but also Career Technology Education (CTE) pathways and Advanced Placement courses that further prepares our students for life after high school. Despite the fluctuations in our school populace, we remain resilient in our efforts to serve our military-connected students.
As we continue our journey together, know that everything we do aligns to our Continuous School Improvement Plan, the heartbeat of our school. where we have strategic actions to promote school-wide clarity and shared accountability for student achievement to prepare our students for college and/or career success.
We have two measurable objectives to help increase student achievement in mathematics and literacy. We believe focusing on the goal of implementing the 4 Cs of 21st century teaching and learning, specifically creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking, we will meet our two objectives. To help support the implementation of 21st century teaching and learning, we provide ongoing professional learning that aligns to our strategic theme of student-led discourse.
Specifically, our school’s strategic action is the use of AVID WICOR to meet our measurable objectives and goal. Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), is a College Readiness System dedicated to preparing all students for college, career, and other postsecondary choices. WICOR is a collection of instructional strategies associated with the AVID program. It is the foundation of AVID secondary curriculum.
WICOR, which stands for writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading, is a collection of teaching and learning strategies to guide students in comprehending concepts and articulating ideas at increasingly complex levels. When WICOR is incorporated into lessons, a variety of strategies are used to help students understand concepts and articulate their thinking. WICOR is also a way to increase academic rigor. AVID defines rigor as using inquiry-based, collaborative strategies to challenge and engage students in content, resulting in increasingly complex levels of understanding.
As we continue to provide excellence in education for every student, every day, please know that diverse perspectives are important to us. We want you to be part of our positive solutions. Take the time to view our communication plan so we can move our school forward together. Additionally, take the time to view our Pathfinder as it has important QR codes, such as our communication plan, school calendar, handbook, attendance email, and our School Advisory Committee (SAC) information, to be in the know of all things happening at Yokota High School!
We’re excited for a great school year! Let’s make this a great year for our students.
Dr. Villagomez and Mr. Goodwin