One Bright Ray Community High School (OBRCHS) is a project of One Bright Ray Incorporated (OBR) and the School District of Philadelphia. We are a diploma granting accelerated high school program with a rich history and strong track record of success. We serve students from the city of Philadelphia who are over aged and under credited. Our students must be between 16 and 21 years of age and at least 1 ½ years behind in credits.
The school operates on an 11-month calendar year with an 8-week module system that allows our students to earn credits and progress towards their high school diploma. We are a project based learning school with individualized instruction which allows for additional learning time. We support our students by creating a safe learning environment for achievement. We hold parents, students, faculty and staff accountable for their actions. We emotionally and financially support our students with social workers, a school therapist, security team and daycare services. We support our students by adding additional teachers in the classroom, after school tutoring, summer programs, internships, and exposure to culture and arts. We provide hope, hold our students to higher levels of expectations than ever before and encourage our students to achieve.
OBRCHS is an accelerated high school. Students complete the program in 2 years or less, depending on the amount of credits they have upon entering the program. There are four modules in the traditional school year (September to June) and students can earn up to 3.25 credits per module. Students are also required to complete one summer session each year they are here, earning 1.50 credits per session. Summer sessions include internship opportunities; Work Ready programs where students can also earn a salary by developing a community-based program, or a summer workshop to further hone academic skills.
Project Based Learning is based on the ideology that people learn best when they are active participants in the learning process. Through inquiry-based instructional methods and hands-on, tactile experiences in the classroom, students take ownership of their own learning and facilitate their own academic growth by experimentation, questioning, construction, research, technology and skill building. Project Based Learning allows each student to connect with the material in their own way, devise a way to express their comprehension of the material and find the potential to extend meaning into the real world.
We believe that attention to the whole student is necessary and that the emotional well-being of a student is directly related to his or her learning abilities. In-house social workers, school therapists, nurses, deans and daycare facilities support our schools. They are highly structured and we believe that attention to the small details is key to the success of our students. Each school partners with community-based organizations to ensure support services are being provided at the school for all students.
The fundamental premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them. Restorative practices helps teachers and administrators develop positive relationships with students and parents to improve the overall climate and culture of the school setting.
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