With a colorful contemporary art installation overhead and neighboring mirrored skyscrapers reflecting sunlight into the lobby of Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Nurse Kimberlyn Jordan came out of the elevator expecting to take her photo for the school yearbook.
But the staff at HSPVA had other plans, surprising Jordan with the April Secondary Nurse of the Month honor.
“I saw all these people down here, and I had no idea what was going on,” Jordan said.
Students whose families move during the middle of the school year are being allowed to stay at their “home school,” or the one they enrolled in at the beginning of the academic year, thanks to a innovative HISD program called Home Field Advantage. Since May 2014, schools involved in the program have seen their overall mobility rate drop by an average of 10 percentage points.
During his State of the Schools address last February, HISD Superintendent Terry Grier promised to create a program to build educational stability among highly mobile students. Subsequently, students at 13 elementary schools, where roughly 30 percent of families move in any given year, were offered transportation to their “home” school, even if their parents moved. Continue reading →