Secondary Teaching and Learning
The Office of Secondary Teaching and Learning is responsible for the coordination of curriculum, professional development and assessment for Avon Grove High School and Fred S. Engle Middle School. The teaching and learning that occurs on the secondary campus is directly aligned with the elementary campus, providing a continuum of learning and experiences for all students in the Avon Grove School District.
The curricular programs at Fred S. Engle Middle School and Avon Grove High School provide progressively more choice and opportunities for students to explore their educational and career goals and aspirations. During the middle school years, students will spend the majority of their time in core learning in ELA, math, social studies and science, along with exploratory options through an encore cycle as well as physical education and health. During the high school years, students will continue to work toward accumulating graduation credits in the core areas, but will have progressively more options that are tailored to individual interests and career goals, including expanded world languages and departmental offerings, access to the Technical College High School, Dual Enrollment, job shadowing and internships.
Students at the middle school and high school participate in all required state testing (e.g. PSSA, Keystone, WIDA) diagnostic testing (e.g. MAP or CDT) as well as other end-of-course exams (AP). Local assessments are standards-aligned and provide important feedback to students, parents, and teachers related to the growth and progress of students toward course goals and objectives. In addition to the assessments already mentioned, students at Avon Grove High School also participate in the PSAT exam as sophomores, and many begin taking the SAT exam during the junior year.
Teaching and learning in Avon Grove uses the Gradual Release of Responsibility as its core instructional framework. This framework includes teacher modeling, student collaboration, extensive feedback for learning and supported practice of students as they progress toward independent learning. Teachers utilize a variety of modes of professional learning (direct, blended, and online formats, as well as local and regional workshops) to best understand the research-based practices that will have the greatest effect on student learning, and how these can be implemented in each classroom.