with Supported, Aspiring, and Independent Learners
Success at the Blue Hill Harbor School is measured in four ways:
• Academic Progress - measured by credits, grades and learning targets
• Attitude - measured by school engagement and class participation
• Reliability- measured by attendance, punctuality and follow-through
• Project Development - measured by initiation, planning and completion.
Our Three INITIATIVE Levels
Supportive Students on the supported level are generally new to project based learning, and do their project work in the context of core and incubator classes. Supported students independent work and computer time is more closely monitored, and they get 30 minutes at a time to use open campus privileges. All first years will start as supported students.
Aspiring Students on the aspiring level are working on developing in the four areas, and have shown evidence that they are making progress. Most project work will be completed in incubators, but students will get more independent work time during crew, and get 45 minutes of open campus privileges at a time. Most BHHS students are identified as aspiring.
Independent Students on the independent level have shown substantial progress towards development in all four areas, and are given the most autonomy for independent work and educational planning. They are eligible for Honors classes, independent math, BHHS summer classes, fully independent projects (with advisor support always available), and shortened weeks.
Your advisor will tell you your initiative level and review promotion guidelines on the first crew day (the Monday of the second week). You will be on your initiative level for at least one block and most students will be on aspiring level for a year or two. It is our goal that all students reach independent level by the end of their time at BHHS.
Promotions and Restrictions You can ask your advisor to move up an initiative level at the end of the block. Once you are promoted, you will never move down levels; however, if you are struggling in a certain area, your advisor may put certain restrictions on your privileges (for example, requiring you to be in incubators for projects, or to sign an attendance plan).