School Report Cards based on standardized testing and other quantitative measures only reveal one aspect of a school’s actual success and value. Under the direction of Allerton Hill Consulting, school districts can create a more comprehensive and honest look at their educational and community impact. A Quality Profile is an opportunity to communicate your strengths & achievements and to refocus efforts for improvement and student enrichment.
Every school district’s Quality Profile is as unique as its student body, community resources and leadership. Allerton Hill Consulting will work with you to find the words, infographics and photos to best convey the facts, the goals and the achievements of your schools. The resulting Quality Profile will be an easy-to-understand portfolio that can be distributed in print and digitally though email campaigns, your website and social media. We will also work with you to create a public relations campaign that will address the release of your profile to your parents, staff and community-at-large.
While every Quality Profile that we produce is unique to the school it represents, many of the topics we address are similar. Keep reading for more information about how Allerton Hill approaches and answers the questions posed in a Quality Profile or Click Here to see examples of past profiles.
How our we preparing our students for college and beyond?
Use your Quality Profile to…
Detail your pedagogical approaches, incentivized learning systems and extra support for both challenged students as well as those who need an extra challenge.
Establish a connection between the experience, education and leadership of your teachers and the academic achievement of your students.
Highlight additional opportunities for academic growth and excellence through science fairs, academic bowls, debate teams, AP classes and study groups.
Demonstrate your success through university acceptance, SAT/ACT scores, scholarships and other quantifiable measures of achievement.
How are we challenging our students to grow physically, culturally and creatively?
Experienced educators know that it takes more than the classroom to create a “whole” student. Encouraging students to explore and grow their interests through sports, music, drama, art, language & science clubs, community service and leadership roles ensures that they will develop the talents and social skills needed to thrive in university and beyond.
How are we utilizing technology to capture our students imagination and equip them for the modern world?
It isn’t just about putting an iPad in every classroom or blanketing a high school campus with WIFI. What is your school doing to effectively use technology to add to your curriculum and not just distract students with screens. How are you preparing them to not only use technology but also design the next generation of tools?
Do our parents contribute their time and talents to our school – and do we as a school responsibly and efficiently utilize our parents’ contributions?
When parents are involved, kids are more engaged. How do you solicit and how do you process feedback from parents? And how do you encourage hands-on in-school participation from parents that goes beyond open house night and parent-teacher conferences?
How can we clearly and accurately represent our revenue and expenditures while diagnosing and planning for future budgetary needs?
There is no denying that school budgets are tighter than ever. School boards are expected to accomplish more with less and less every year. One of the most important parts of your Quality Profile is to express your budget successes, plans to grow revenue and find alternative financial resources and to address critical needs before they become a crisis.
Regardless of your current budget situation, establishing your administration as responsible and resourceful while opening up a dialog about the financial realities of successfully running a school will bank understanding and support for future budget issues.
Even with a tight budget, how are we ensuring that our students are exposed to cultural diversity and empowered to express themselves creatively?
There is no question that an arts education – both the development of creative talents and cultural appreciation – is a vital part of a comprehensive education. It adds depth to understanding, reinforces basic concepts and broadens the world perspective while building self-confidence. Budget cuts often hit the arts departments the hardest and force school districts to look for alternative ways to introduce the arts to their students. Featuring the arts as its own bullet point in a Quality Point reenforces the importance of making arts education a core part of every students’ experience.
How are we meeting the needs of a diverse body of students through support services and facilities?
Parents and the community-at-large want to know that your school is providing every possible avenue of support and opportunity to your students. By detailing services such as counseling, career & university guidance, scholarship assistance, healthy living initiatives and developmental testing you can demonstrate your commitment to providing a solid foundation for your students.
How are we growing tomorrow’s citizens while engaging the community-at-large today?
One of the ways school districts are filling in gaps caused by budget constraints are through proactive and innovative community partnerships. Local businesses and civic organizations can provide valuable mentoring & internship opportunities, fund at-risk programs, connect students with scholarships and drive grassroots campaigns at ballot time.
Commitment to Improvement
Are we realistic about our deficiencies? And how can we improve to close resource gaps, better our community relationships and raise our educational standards?
It is always tempting to focus purely on your achievements but if you want to garner long-term support for your initiatives, you must show your own long-term view of potential growth with realistic analysis of how to approach current educational and fiscal gaps and optimistic goals for student and institutional success.