Students are proactive learners (driving their own learning) and are building the skills necessary to participate in 21st century job market.
All students are engaged in their learning (non-direct instruction).
After the school was approved and placed in the Conservatory Green neighborhood in Stapleton, the HTES leadership began working with parents and community members to begin planning for the school to open in the fall of 2014. During our zero-year planning, parents participated in multiple planning committees helping to design the systems and structures for HTES.
HTES has created a culture that fosters mutual accountability, where all stakeholders (staff, parents, families and the community) value education and take responsibility for student achievement. The development of a positive school culture of high expectations has been developed using a strong Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS) approach.
HTES is a uniform school and students are expected to follow the school uniform policy. Students wear dress pants and polo shirts. The specific colors of the uniform were determined during year-zero with input from the parents, students, and the community. The school uniforms will be one aspect of community building, helping to develop school pride and unity.
Parents play an integral role in developing and maintaining a positive school culture. To encourage this high level of involvement, HTES offers the Parent Empowerment program that connects to the Peace 4 Kids curriculum. This parent education program has gained national recognition through its original name, FAST--Families and Students Together. This program which works together with parents and their children is an eight-week intervention.