New Haven Public Schools Announces Pilot BOOST! Schools

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New Haven Public Schools Announces Pilot BOOST! Schools
NEW HAVEN- New Haven Public Schools has announced the five schools that will pilot New Haven Public Schools’ Boost! program in the upcoming academic year. Boost! is a partnership between the City of New Haven, New Haven Public Schools and United Way of Greater New Haven to ensure all students in the district have the supports and services they need to learn and be successful in the classroom. 
The five Boost! Pilot Schools are:
1. Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School
2. Clinton Avenue School
3. Troup Magnet Academy of Science
4. Wexler-Grant Community School
5. Metropolitan Business Academy
These schools will be launching Boost! in the 2010-11 school year.  Over the next five years, Boost! will roll out to all schools in the district.
"These five schools represent a variety of student needs and we think they will be excellent laboratories to test this collaborative effort,” said Superintendent Dr. Reginald Mayo. “New Haven is a resource rich community, with countless active, engaged and dedicated service providers, educational institutions and concerned community members.  Boost! will help coordinate the resources that each of these stakeholders bring to the table and facilitate sharing of information between schools and providers to minimize duplication or gaps in services to our students and their families.
A Boost! coordinator has been designated at each pilot school. The coordinators will organize the implementation of a range of “wraparound” services provided both by schools and by outside organizations. Each coordinator will undergo intensive training over the course of the school year, beginning on August 25th. Coordinators will lead a thorough needs assessment in their building to identify the schools’ greatest needs and the specific supports that students and their families could most benefit from.
“We know that students do their best in school and are able to maximize their possibilities when their personal, physical and emotional needs are met. Through Boost!, we can improve student and family access to the kinds of resources and supports that make a child’s life better and make it possible for them to learn and be successful,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “This is one piece of the larger puzzle but it gets us all, as one City, closer to meeting our goals of keeping our kids in school as well as preparing them to excel in college and in life.”
Boost! programs and services for each pilot school will be coordinated based on the results of the needs assessment, data analysis and evidence-based practices.
Boost! services fall into the following four broad domains which have been demonstrated to contribute to children’s ability to succeed in school and might include afterschool programs, health and wellness programs, mentoring, counseling, or parent education activities:
•Physical health
•Social and behavioral health
•School engagement/Extended learning opportunities
•Family support and engagement
Boost! is an important component of the district’s nationally recognized School Change Initiative. Through the School Change Initiative, New Haven Public Schools will narrow the achievement gap, decrease the dropout rate and prepare students to be successful in college.
In addition to advancing the goals of the School Change Initiative, Boost! seeks specific student, family and system outcomes:
Student and Family Outcomes
•Students are healthy – physically, socially and emotionally
•Students are prepared for school entry
•Students attend school consistently
•Families are welcomed in schools and engaged in their children's education
System Outcomes
•Safe, healthy and positive school environments
•Improved access to high quality support services for youth and families
•Efficient use of existing and new resources in schools and in the community
“The greater New Haven community aspires to strong schools, engaged parents and successful students; United Way is delighted to be playing a central role in organizing our community’s myriad  resources to support our children’s success,” said Jack Healy, President and CEO, United Way of Greater New Haven.
Boost! will engage existing and new community partners as well as necessary resources to begin meeting the needs of students and families with the ultimate aim of improving student achievement. United Way of Greater New Haven will serve as coordinator/consultant/broker to facilitate collaboration between schools and community based organizations and will also measure results.  Boost! is guided by a partnership management team made up of representatives from the City, the school district, United Way, the Citywide Parent Teacher Organization, the Citywide Youth Coalition, Clifford Beers Guidance Clinic and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.