THEODORE ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL
Wyandotte, MI 48192
Type of School: High School (9-12)
Location: Wyandotte (southwest suburb of Detroit, known as "Down River,", population 30,000, blue-collar, manufacturing, largest employer-general hospital median income $30,000)
Size: 1300 students in high school, 5000 students district-wide
Student Population: Predominately Caucasian, 140 free and reduced lunch
Principal: Mary McFarlane. Three assistant principals, four counselors
Teachers: 87 teachers
EMPOWER CITIZENS IN A DEMOCRACY:
- Strong philosophy in the school of equality, of all students being welcome, and of working together regardless of intellectual or emotional capabilities
- Philosophy stems in large part from their team-teaching which began in 1987.
- Wide spectrum of students coexist in Roosevelt, from severely multiply impaired to gifted
- All students have opportunities to choose to be in any educational or extracurricular program
- Service-learning program pairs general ed. students to assist SXI students
- Principal facilitates student class meetings first Monday of every semester. students, via class officers have a voice in the school. Principal approaches class officers when there are school issues that need to be resolved. Officers in turn take the issues to their classes until they are resolved.
- Classroom examples: In art and computer classes, students have weekly assignments, with some choices and must manage their time to complete them.
- Teaching teams of special ed. and general ed., or inclusive education began in 1987.
- Two TMI rooms as center program, and SXI program physically located off main lobby (not hidden away). Students in these programs have a presence and are very much a part of the school. - They attend pep rallies, collect attendance from classrooms, eat in cafeteria, etc.
SXI students integrated within regular classes for art, horticulture, vocational ed., and physical ed.
TEACH AND ADAPT FOR DIVERSITY:
- Curricular adaptations made for diversity, e.g. reading tests when needed, using multiple intelligence types of teaching strategies, team teaching, also strong on acceptance of difference.
- Mentoring program for freshmen offered by National Honor Society students
BUILDING COMMUNITY AND SUPPORT LEARNING:
- Community programs help prepare students for jobs following graduation
- Severely impaired students participate in community outings, restaurants, etc.
- Parent-community meetings
- Horticulture program, greenhouse and florist shop. Students maintain median under viaduct on Eureka, and also a working greenhouse and florist shop services the local community
- Henry Ford-Wyandotte Hospital offers cooperative education program