Student, Parent and Community Involvement
Students were intricately involved in building and preserving a positive school culture and climate. Student contributions included:
- Planning recognition programs and assemblies to honor and celebrate students, staff and significant events and holidays that were fun, fair and inclusive of all students.
- Students selected and promoted the annual theme titled, “The Happiest School on Earth” to increase school pride for all stake-holders.
- Harrison Prep students took advantage of opportunities to give on-going service to local and global communities including representing student voices on the Lakewood Youth Council and serving as peer mentors to Idlewild Primary Years Program 5th graders.
Families and schools partnered to provide:
- A PTO that included monthly meetings, a social media presence and in Spring 2017 the first Coffee with the Principal meetings.
- Departmental-focused family nights where teachers, students and families participated together.
- Ongoing support at school events and opportunities for families, teachers and students to interact.
Our Associated Study Body (ASB) through clubs like leadership, Key Club, National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society, partnered with local and global organizations to support student-driven initiatives.
- Harrison Prep students donated more than 650 canned food items and dry goods to FISH Food Bank in Lakewood during the WE Scare Hunger campaign in October 2016.
- Students collected more than $150 in loose change during the first WE Create Change campaign for the year, which was donated towards the junior/senior class adopted pillar of sustainability: clean water. The money went towards digging wells for fresh water in rural China.
- In December, Harrison Prep student clubs hosted a Week of Serviceincludeing donation drives for toys and teddy bears for children at Mary Bridge Hospital. High school leadership organized a blood drive with Bloodworks Northwest, donating 24 pints of blood and signing up many new donors.
- For Valentine’s Day, high school leadership sponsored the campaign WE Are Rafikis, selling rafiki bracelets and necklaces made by women in Kenya to support alternate income overseas.
- In June, National Honor Society participated in Relay for Life, raising money for cancer research.
Harrison Prep completed two external review processes in 2016-17. The first was the AdvancEd accreditation followed by the five-year evaluation of Harrison Prep’s IB Middle Years Programme (MYP).
In 2016-17, Harrison Prep had multiple winners at the South Sound Regional Science Fair and two first-place finishers at the Washington state science fair, a ninth-grader who served as a legislative page, and a student selected to attend Camp Neuro at the University of Washington.
Harrison Prep completed its first examination session marking the end of the first two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (DP) cohort. Thirty seniors took multiple exams in subject areas including literature, chemistry, mathematics, history, environmental sciences and Spanish. In addition to the formal exams, students submitted work to meet the DP requirements for arts, written assignments, the extended essay and additional hours for completion of creativity, activity, and service requirements.
Harrison Prep received a Washington Achievement Award for high progress; was recognized as a School of Distinction by the Center for Educational Effectiveness for the second, consecutive year; and was the first school in the district to earn Washington Green Schools – Bronze Certification.
Graduating seniors were accepted to colleges and universities of their choice and scholarship offerings remained high with a total of over $1.4 million for the 2017 graduating class.