AURORA | APS’s Hinkley high School was one of eight schools nationally recognized this year by the group Schools of Opportunity. Hinkley was named a silver school of opportunity for its use of professional development to help increase teacher leadership and creativity and use of restorative justice practices to deal with behavioral issues.
The program doesn’t base its awards on test scores but instead on how the schools work to close existing achievement gaps in student populations that face multiple obstacles to learning. Hinkley is one of 44 schools to be recognized since the program began.
“Hinkley High School has a remarkable culture of care,” said Linda Molner Kelly, School of Opportunity project co-director, in a press release. “They have made impressive progress in establishing a safe, welcoming environment and providing strong learning opportunities for their students and staff.”