High School for Language and Innovation Graduates Its First Class: The First Group of Students to Have Learning Cultures for Four Years


by cynthia mcccallister

In June, 2015, High School of Language and Innovation (HSLI) graduated its first class of students. HSLI is a located in the Bronx, in the building that used to be home to the massive Christopher Columbus High School. HSLI serves a population of 75% of students who are 'newcomer' ELLs, and 95% are from high poverty homes. In 2015, HSLI graduated its first class, and the students outpaced NYC citywide graduation rates.

HSLI was the first school to have implemented Learning Cultures at the high school level in every subject in every grade. This group of students are the first ever to have Learning Cultures for all four years of high school. 

I had the pleasure of helping the staff implement the model through the first four years of the school's existence, and seeing the first class graduate. 




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