Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is excited to welcome students back to class on Monday, August 24, 2015,
for the 2015/16 school year. To help students and parents prepare, the BCPS Back to School online resource is now available on the District’s website: browardschools.com/backtoschool
The Back to School online resource links parents to information about the school calendar; school opening/closing times; attendance policy; the Code of Student Conduct; before and after school child care; breakfast and lunch menus; transportation services; back to school immunizations, graduation requirements and much more. There are also resources to help parents get involved in their child’s education, become a volunteer, monitor academic progress, and learn about English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services.
Below are brief highlights of some of the BCPS initiatives and programs in the 2015/16 school year:
BCPS Celebrates 100th Anniversary
BCPS celebrates its 100th anniversary during the 2015/16 school year. In honor of this milestone, special events and activities are taking place throughout the school year recognizing the important role of our schools in the lives of past, present and future students. To learn more about the Centennial Celebration, visit browardschools.com/bcps100
SMART Initiative and General Obligation Bond
Thanks to the support of the Broward County community, the District is moving forward with the $800 million General Obligation Bond, which will provide funding to meet the most critical facility needs in our schools and, through the SMART initiative, also allow the District to make investments in music, arts and athletics. For more information, visit browardschools.com/smartfutures
All BCPS High Schools Offer Computer Science in 2015/16
BCPS is the first Florida school district to partner with the national organization Code.org to offer computer science courses at every BCPS high school. The District is also expanding access to computer science in middle schools and elementary schools. Computer Science is a foundational field that can prepare students for the 21st century workforce. The basic skills can be applied and utilized in many different career paths. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts one in every two Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) jobs in the country will be in computing occupations, with more than 150,000 job openings annually. This makes it one of the fastest growing occupations in the United States.
Dual Language Programs Expand to 26 BCPS Elementary Schools
BCPS is excited to announce that the Dual Language Programs, an educational approach in which students learn two languages in an instructional setting, is expanding in the 2015/16 school year to include 26 elementary schools (an increase from 15 schools in 2014/15). The team or co-teaching model involves two teachers. One teacher instructs all subjects in English and the other teacher will teach Language Arts and Social Studies in the target language. The Dual Language Programs promote bilingualism, biliteracy, cross-cultural awareness and high academic achievement. To learn more about the District’s Dual Language Programs, parents can contact the Bilingual/ESOL department at 754-321-2590 or visit esol.browardschools.com
BCPS selected by The White House to Participate in the Turnaround Arts Program
BCPS is one of five school districts in the nation, and the only district in Florida, selected by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities to participate in its successful Turnaround Arts initiative. The program is taking place at three BCPS elementary schools – Bethune Elementary School, Lake Forest Elementary School and Walker Elementary School – in an effort to narrow the achievement gap and increase student engagement through the arts.
As part of the Turnaround Arts Program, the selected schools are receiving arts education training and resources to address their individual needs, including in-school professional development, partnerships with community arts education and cultural organizations, art supplies and musical instruments.
BCPS is the largest school district in the nation to offer Scholastic Chess to all second and third grade students
In 2015/16, BCPS continues its implementation of the First Move scholastic chess curriculum in all second and third grade classrooms. This is the nation’s largest scholastic chess curriculum initiative in history, and benefits more than 34,000 students across the District. The First Move scholastic chess curriculum helps to increase students’ critical thinking, problem-solving and social skills, while students have fun learning to play the game. In addition, studies have shown playing chess increases students’ math skills, reading aptitude and overall academic achievement.
New Innovative Programs and Newly Redesigned Magnet Programs Offered in 2015/16
In 2015/16, the District is:
- Launching six new innovative programs (see table below), for a total of 60 innovative programs at schools across BCPS.
- Introducing 11 newly redesigned magnet programs (see table below), which are among the 70 magnet programs offered by BCPS.
To learn more about all of the District’s Innovative and Magnet programs, visit browardschoolsinnovativeprograms.com/.
BCPS Partners with The White House to Launch Latinos in Action
Broward County Public Schools is partnering with The White House to launch the “Latinos in Action” program at six high schools. Participating schools include: Charles W. Flanagan High School, Cypress Bay High School, Everglades High School, Hollywood Hills High School, McArthur High School and West Broward High School.
The “Latinos in Action” initiative is part of the District’s ongoing commitment to meeting the needs of Broward’s growing Latino community. The program focuses on providing Latino students with increased opportunities for educational, service, cultural and leadership experiences, while empowering them to complete their high school education and attend a college or university after graduation. The program is being offered as an elective course at the identified high schools. The course includes:
Additional exciting District educational options include Montessori, Cambridge-AICE, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Debate and the largest JROTC cadet program in the nation.
- High-quality classroom instruction on college readiness, personal development, biculturalism and professionalism
- Literacy tutoring opportunities at feeder elementary and middle schools
- Exploration of cultural heritage through literary and performing arts
- Leadership opportunities through student-led service, social and professional committees
For more information on Latinos in Action, visit latinosinaction.org/.
For more Back to School information, visit the online resource browardschools.com/backtoschool.
ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 260,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 238 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 99 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population. Students are from 204 different countries and speak 135 different languages. For more information about BCPS, visit browardschools.com, follow us on Twitter @Browardschools, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.