- Number of Students: 1,150
- Percent Eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch: 44%
- Percent of Limited English Proficient: 9%
- Percent of Special Education: 12%
- White: 32.44%
- Black: 13.2%
- Hispanic: 43%
- Asian: 7.9%
- Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0.09%
- American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.17%
- Multiracial: 3.2%
- Other: 0%
Ulrich has become a successful PLC because of the incredible passion and energy of our students, staff, parents and district. Three years ago Ulrich began to refine the PLC process through a combination of common planning periods, professional development, improving RTI practices, and a commitment to student achievement. Our focus as a campus is always about what is best for students and finding a way to help all students achieve success.
As a campus we have managed to implement a 32 minute intervention period into the school day that focuses on areas of student need both academically and in the area of character education. Thanks to the incredible resources and professional development provided by Solution Tree, Lead4ward and the Visible Learning Institute we have been able to educate our staff on effective ways to look at student data and deconstruct TEKs and learning standards to improve initial instruction in the classroom. This in turn has also allowed our campus to utilize these researched based practices related to academic and behavior RTI to help reach students in a timely manner and provide the necessary resources for them to improve in their academic course work. As a campus we have also placed a focus on getting students to take Pre-AP courses and Algebra 1. In three years alone we have gone from having only 58 students taking Algebra 1 to now having 135 students which is close to 40% of our 8th grade class.
Our campus for the past three years has sent a total of approximately 50 staff members to the PLC conference in San Antonio and/or the Klein ISD PLC conference where teachers, specialists and administrators have been given opportunities to take away strategies, tools and innovative concepts to help reshape our campus mission, vision and goals. At Ulrich we believe in living everyday with Bulldog P.R.I.D.E. (Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Discipline & Excellence) and setting high expectations for our students, staff and community.
Finally, this past school year our campus became a Transform Academy campus where teachers and students have begun the process of transforming our school into a 21st century learning center where students and staff are able to think outside of the box and implement technology in ways that benefit student learning. The Transform Academy was developed by TASA (Texas Association of School Administrators) to challenge campus/district leaders and educators to find new and inventive ways to reach students in the classroom. Through this program campuses are able to share ideas with other campuses and districts to find ways to meet the needs of students for the 21st century We have come a long way since 2012 not only in our scores and data but also in our campus norms and overall compassion for all students to achieve success at a high level!
1. Monitoring student learning on a timely basis.
Our PLC teams each six weeks utilize the RTI model to focus on Tiers of instruction for students. Each Tier provides a different level of support provided by the team in order to reach students. The model is fluid and allows for students to move among all three Tiers while the team as a whole focuses on what interventions are needed outside of effective initial instruction. Students who are in Tier III are reviewed by our academic RTI committee each six weeks to determine campus level support needed for students.
Our PLC teams each six weeks utilize the RTI model to focus on Tiers of instruction for students. Each Tier provides a different level of support provided by the team in order to reach students. The model is fluid and allows for students to move among all three Tiers while the team as a whole focuses on what interventions are needed outside of effective initial instruction. Students who are in Tier III are reviewed by our behavior RTI committee each six weeks to determine campus level support needed for students. This committee has helped our campus to reduce campus discipline by almost 15% within just the past school year.
Monitoring lists and data reports from Eduphoria have been a tool that our campus uses daily to effectively track student progress and the overall effectiveness of interventions as well.
Common assessment written by each PLC before the units are taught have help to provide accurate and reliable data for teachers to help be more proactive when it comes to interventions for students.
Common Grading Guidelines for Campus:
For two years now our campus has been able to agree on one campus grading guideline for the entire campus which has greatly benefited our students and parents. The grading guidelines focus on student achievement and not allowing for students to opt out of learning or receive zeroes.
This school year we have begun the process of implementing data folders in each of the four core areas. Students are expected to set goals, track their progress and conference with teachers about strengths and areas for growth.
2. Creating systems of intervention to provide students with additional time and support for learning.
For the past three school years our campus Intervention period has been used to pull students for different types of intervention based on student need and decisions made by each PLC. Students not pulled for intervention can use this time to read, focus on upcoming assignments or make-up work that has not been completed or even re-take tests. Each three week period the different PLC teams determine students who need intervention based on data.
Grade Repair is an online computer program that allows students who failed a particular six weeks period to go back and relearn the information in an online setting. This program has been used at Ulrich for the last 4 years.
Before/After School Tutoring:
All teachers and PLC teams provide students at the beginning of the school year with dates and times in the morning and afternoon where students can come and get help in their content areas.
Program at Ulrich for three years now where students are provided six Saturday sessions where students who need particular interventions are provided additional support two months out from testing. Student groups range from those in danger of passing to those groups who are borderline of reaching the advanced level of performance. As a campus we have average over 300 students each Saturday.
Power Math & Power Reading Classes:
Additional math and reading classes provided for students during the school day who failed or barely passed the previous year STAAR test or struggled academically in the content area. Students in these courses already have a math and reading class for the grade level but these courses are additional and provided targeted support with small class sizes and targeted interventions.
Our master schedule has been built to follow the Stetson model which provides the best possible setting for SPED, 504, ESL and Dyslexia students.
3. Building teacher capacity to work as members of high performing collaborative teams that focus efforts on improved learning for all students.
Campus instructional team that works on developing and reviewing our Campus Needs Assessment and Improvement plan
Team made up of our department chairs, administrators, counselors, specialists and librarian. This team meets every Monday during first period to review needs of each department, discuss instructional strategies and to provide a forum for ideas and strategies to help our campus improve.
Several opportunities are provided for staff to be involved in the decisions of the campus. Committees we have had for the past three years are:
Academic RTI, Behavior RTI, CIDC, Communication Committee, Discipline Committee, No Place for Hate Committee, Attendance Committee
Professional Development Training & Ongoing Support:
PLC conference both in Klein and San Antonio
District wide training throughout the school year and during the summer
Lead4ward & Heat Maps:
Our staff by using Lead4ward and heat maps have been able to focus on areas of need and areas of growth. This has allowed our staff to be more strategic and efficient in the way we look at data and reach students
Our campus has used funds provided to us for a full time specialist in math, reading and science. These specialists provide support for teachers through modeling in classrooms, providing data and activities, and being a resource for teachers as we work through the curriculum.
|STAAR TEST||2012||2013||2014||2015||Increase In Campus Scores|
|All Grades (6-8)||78%/83%/75%||80%/81%/79%||85%/85%/78%||87%/85%/75%||Increase of 9% since 2012|
|All Grades (6-8)||85%/84%/77%||87%/85%/80%||90%/86%/76%||87%/87%/80%||Increase of 2% since 2012|
|7th Grade||70%/77%/71%||78%/76%/63%||71%/75%/72%||72%/77%/71%||Increase of 2% since 2012|
|8th Grade||77%/79%/70%||77%/82%/75%||78%/80%/71%||87%/80%/70%||Increase of 10% since 2012|
|8th Grade||60%/68%/59%||60%/69%/63%||74%/71%/62%||77%/70%/64%||Increase of 17% since 2012|
|Campus = 1st score listed in BOLD|
|District = 2nd score listed|
|State = 3rd score listed|
|Official 2015 Scores for Reading and Math broken down by grade level have not been received at this time. We will update upon receipt|
MET Standard Campus with a distinction in ELA/Reading for 2012 - 2013
MET Standard Campus with a distinction in Top 25% student progress for 2013 - 2014
Met Standard Campus with a distinction in Science for 2014 - 2015
No Place for Hate Campus Distinction for the past 4 years
Speak-Up Loud and Clear top 244 school in the nation for 2014-2015 school year
Campus 8th Grade teacher chosen as the Jason's Learning Argonaut for Klein ISD in the spring of 2015. (see link below about how Ulrich is using Jason's Learning)
Transform Academy Campus from 2014 to present (see link below)