In 2011, Trevista was designated a turnaround school which means that it was in need of drastic improvement. In June 2012, we applied for innovation status as a strategy to turn Trevista around through flexibilities. We were granted innovation status between 2012-2015, we have renewed our innovation in 2015-2017 spring, and most recently were approved for 2017-2020 renewal. Our current innovation plan was approved and is valid for three years. Our innovation plan is viewable here: Trevista Innovation 2017-2020. We will be working with our school community in 2019-20 to apply for renewal.
Some of the flexibilities that we have been able to have because of our innovation plan are:
- Our innovation plan allows us flexibility in the folks we hire so to ensure we have the best educators for our kiddos. We are very proud to say that we have two adults in every classroom; in ECE-2nd grade we have a teacher and a paraprofessional and in 3rd-5th grade we have a teacher and a City Year Corp Member in each of our classes.
- We know that our students benefit from more, meaningful, instruction so our students have an extended day compared to other schools. Our day begins at 8:15 and ends at 3:15. We also operate under a modified calendar to ensure that our teachers have more time for professional development and planning/preparation.
English Language Development (ELD)
- At Trevista, we value biliteracy and bilingualism. Our students benefit from an ELD class and we differentiate between: beginner, intermediate, and advanced/native speakers. Our ELD classes are taught by experts who are passionate about this important content area.
Dual Language Program
- We are excited to announce that in the fall 2018, we will be introducing a 90/10 dual language strand for our ECE and kindergarten students! We are in the process of developing the details of our model so stay tuned for more information.
- As an innovation school, we were allowed flexibility in curriculum selection before the board of education passed this as an option to all schools. As a result, we were able to pilot common core aligned curriculum that is now the opt-in option throughout DPS. We have opted in to the district curriculum for mathematics and literacy.
- Another flexibility that we have through innovation before the the district made it a district wide option was in assessment. We partnered with The Achievement Network (ANet) and this partnership has assisted us in making big shifts for common core state standards. ANet created a series of common core aligned assessments which we used to inform instruction throughout the year and we learned a lot. In 2016-17, we continued to be innovators as we took on a new assessment platform, Illuminate Ed.
- We have an extended day that guarantees our emerging bilingual students receive a 45 minute ELD block which focuses on reading, writing, speaking, and listening using ELAchieve as well as 150-165 minutes in our literacy block. Our students are able to participate in a very balanced literacy block which includes whole group read aloud and close reading, multiple guided reading groups, and responses to reading which require high levels of thinking that are aligned with common core. Furthermore, we use Lightsail at our intermediate grades to provide a personalized independent reading experience on our iPads that our students love! We use CreativeCurriculum for ECE, Benchmark for K-2, and ExpeditionaryLearning for 3rd-5th.
- Our students also have an extended math block at Trevista due to our extended day between 80-105 minutes. We are very excited to opt in to the DPS curriculum, Bridges for K-2nd and Eureka for 3rd-5th.
Extended Learning Opportunities
- At Trevista we offer all of our students physical education and visual arts programming. In addition to these opportunities, we also host a variety of after school options such as Chess Club, Homework Help Club, Girls on the Run, Boy Scouts, Girls Inc., Discovery Link, and SpringBoard. Furthermore, we sponsor teams such as Soccer for Success and compete with other Playworks teams in the city.
- We have a very strong community at Trevista and our partnerships enable us to support students outside of the school including through additional programming here, at The Bridge Project, at the Boys and Girls Club, and the Aztlan Recreation Center. We offer additional resource for families and organize regular family and community events including: parenting classes, volunteer opportunities, monthly informational meetings, and many more.