In the School of Tomorrow® system, maintaining and upgrading the quality and vitality of schools are given much importance that a Quality or Model Status certification program is offered every school year with benefits and recognition earned through spiritual, academic, technical, and overall excellence (A.C.E. Administration Manual, 2012, p.130). Attainment of a Model Status is attributed to school staff members effectively motivating students, the school faithfully following the Procedures Manual, and operating a high-quality school.
The MODEL SCHOOL STATUS program of SOT®P was first implemented in June of 2010 and served as a discounting scheme based on a school’s status which was categorized into two - Supervised and Certified.
For the purpose of having an objective quality status evaluation, a validating process for the School Assistance Visit Review Form was started in 2019 with the following primary objectives:
• To reduce bias and ambiguities
• To provide better quality data and credible information
With a validated School Assistance Visit Review Form, the Model School Status Evaluation Form validation followed for consistency and objectivity. Based on the results of the Factor Analysis and Scale Transformation done in January of 2020, it was highly recommended that the Model School Status Evaluation Forms and Guidelines be revised.
The management of the School of Tomorrow®, Philippines met with the Field Consultants and discussed the revised guidelines and requirements of these two categories. Each requirement was carefully deliberated with the best interests of the schools in mind.
PROGRAM GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The goal of the School of Tomorrow®, Philippines Model School Status program is to motivate schools to move beyond the minimum requirements of the system and assist them in complying and maintaining a higher standard. Full adherence to the “Non-negotiables” of the A.C.E. School of Tomorrow® system is the foundation of the Model School Status program.
MODEL SCHOOL STATUS PRE-REQUISITE
The pre-qualifying visit for any Model School Status application is the School Assistance Visit Review that will be conducted by the Field Consultant of the area. The applying school should be a STANDARD school without any notable deficiencies and abides with following:
CODES: SEA – Service Enrollment Agreement AM – Administration Manual PM – Procedures Manual
• An updated Student’s Handbook, where discipline and corrective measures are outlined, is implemented. (AM p. 109; PM1, p. 95)
• A weekly management and information meeting is conducted. (AM p. 132)
• Students’ cumulative files are regularly updated and safely kept. (PM1 pp. 123-125)
• Learning Centers and play area are safe and conducive. (AM pp. 74, 119)
• Interactive learning rooms are available (at least one). (SEA)
• Hiring of staff complies with Christian standards. (AM pp. 95-98)
• The Pastor and/or Administrator have undergone the 5-year update training (PATS).
• The Pastor and/or Administrator attended the recent Educators’ Convention (EdCon).
• The Principal has undergone the 5-year update training (PATS).
• The Principal attended the recent Educators’ Convention (EdCon).
• The Pastor, Administrator and/or Principal attended the recent Pastors, Administrators, and Principals’ Conference (PAPCon).
• Learning Center Staff attended the recent Christian Educators' Training (CET).
• Learning Center Staff attended the recent Educators' Convention (EdCon).
• Monthly Scripture of at least 6 verses for students 10 years old and below are required. (PM1 p. 138)
• Interactive 20-minute devotional group is observed at least 3 times a week. (PM1 p. 137)
• Weekly Chapel is conducted. (PM1 p. 136)
• At least one monthly Inspirational Song is incorporated in Chapel, devotions, and/or opening exercises. (PM1 p. 138)
• PACE Bible memorization and recitation are strictly implemented. (PM1 p. 107)
• Christian Outreach Program is practiced.
• The Reading Readiness Test and the Coordination Development Test are administered to Preschool and ABCs students. (PM2 pp. 2, 18)
• Proper Diagnosis and Prescription are done for new or incoming students. (PM1 pp. 61-69)
• Academic Projection with a Course of Study for high school students is implemented. (PM1 pp. 70-78, 128-129)
• The school subscribes to at least one standardized test annually (CEM and/or DepEd Test[s]). (PM1 p. 112)
• Checkup procedures are observed. (PM1 p. 105)
• Self Test and PACE Test (next day PACE Testing) procedures are implemented. (PM1 p. 105-106)
• The PACE Test passing score is observed as indicated in the Manual. (PM1 p. 106)
• Goal Cards are visible during goal checking. (PM1 p. 85)
• Goal Cards are filled out and marked according to the Manual. (PM1 p. 86)
• Student Progress Charts are posted in the upper left corner of the student’s office and are updated. (PM1 p. 85)
• Goals are checked and reviewed daily using the Goal Check Report. (PM1 p. 89)
• Goal Check Report charts follow consistent symbols and input. (PM1 p. 87)
• Use of flaglets are properly implemented. (PM1 pp. 9, 13, 108-109)
• Trail of a PACE is properly implemented. (PM1 pp. 141-143)
• Academic Balance is seen in each student’s Academic Prescription. (PM1 p. 36)
• The Progress Report follows the SOT® assessment distinctive. (PM1 p. 132)
• Students are observed reading their goals aloud to the Supervisor or phonics-trained Monitor. (PM1 p. 141)
• Scoring procedures are properly observed and applied according to the Manuals relative to the program. (PM1 p. 107-110)
• Homework procedures are implemented. (PM1 p. 91)
• The Supervisor’s Progress Card is regularly updated and filled out correctly. (PM1 p. 130)
• SOT®P’s Early Childhood Program(s) are correctly implemented (PACE work is done lock-step). (PM2 pp. 23, 36, 57)
• A Parent Orientation is conducted before the school year starts. (AM p. 124; PM1 p. 140)
• Student Orientation is conducted at the beginning of the school year. (AM p. 125; PM1 p. 140)
• A Parent-Teacher Fellowship is scheduled every quarter. (PM1 p. 51)
• A Parent-Teacher’s Conference regarding the student’s progress is scheduled after each quarter. (PM1 pp. 51, 53)
• Conferences conducted are documented. (PM1 p. 53)
• Communications Envelope/Notebook is implemented. (PM1 p. 8; PM2 1994 pp.122, 177)
• The Learning Center is conducive following recommended furniture layout for maximum efficiency, supervision, and educational advantage with all students facing out from the center of the room. (AM p. 74).
• Student Office design and arrangements follows the SOT® standards. (AM p. 75)
• Proper arrangement and use of Learning Center furniture is implemented. (AM p. 77-79)
• Computer/s are available in the Learning Center/Computer Lab for students’ use. (AM p. 120)
• Students follow dress and hair standards. (AM pp. 88-89)
• Staff follow dress and hair standards. (AM p. 90)
School spirit is the sense of identity and community shared by members of an educational institution. This can apply to any type of school, from elementary schools to universities. (School Spirit Operational Definition. The Classroom. November 30, 2018)
• Preschool with Ace and Christi (Reading Readiness) (PM2 p. 11-13)
• ABCs with Ace and Christi (Learning-to-Read) (PM2 p. 56-57)
• Core Subject: Math (PM1 p. 36-46)
• Core Subject: English (PM1 p. 36-46)
• Core Subject: Social Studies (PM1 p. 36-46)
• Core Subject: Science (PM1 p. 36-46)
• Core Subject: Word Building (PM1 p. 36-46)
• Core Subject: Literature & Creative Writing (PM1 p. 36-46)
• National Curriculum: Alfabetong Filipino with Teacher's Guide (SEA)
• National Curriculum: Filipino (SEA)
• National Curriculum: Araling Panlipunan (SEA)
• Literature Books (1:5 book-student ratio) (PM1 p. 41; PM2 pp. 86-90)
• Written and/or Oral Reports: Resource Books / Approved Articles for Privilege Application (PM1 pp. 53, 116)
• Forms: Goal Check Report (PM1 p. 89)
• Forms: Supervisor’s Progress Card (PM1 p. 130)
• Forms: Student’s Progress Chart (PM1 p. 5)
• Forms: Goal Card (PM1 p. 85)
• Opening Exercises are conducted. (PM1 p.135)
• Congratulations! slips are awarded the day after testing. (PM1 p.113)
• Annual Recognition and Awards Program (Banquet) are scheduled by the end of the school year. (PM1 p.120)
• Elementary students participated in the most recent Junior Student Convention (JSC). (PM1 p.121-122) *
• High school students participated in the most recent National Student Convention (NSC). (PM1 p.121-122) *
• Incentive Program: Merits (PM1 p. 10)
• Incentive Program: Privileges (PM1 pp. 115-116)
• Incentive Program: Green Dots and/or its equivalent motivation for finished goals (PM1 p. 113)
• Incentive Program: Tri-weekly (PM1 p. 113)
• Quarterly Honor Roll: Recognition (PM1 p. 118-120)
• Quarterly Honor Roll: Trips/Treat (PM1 p.118-120)
• Inspirational Bulletin Boards such as Character Trait, Scripture Memory, and School Calendar/Announcements are displayed and updated. (AM P.119)
• Core Curriculum Videos or A.C.E. Connect Website Videos (PM1 pp. 8, 42-43)
• ReadMaster Plus (PM2 p. 78)
• Expanded Curriculum - Animal Science (program for fast students)(PM2 p. 56)
• Expanded Curriculum - Bible Reading (program for fast students) (PM2 p. 56)
• Required Elective PACEs (e.g. NTS, OTS, Life of Christ, Speech) for high school (PM1 p. 46-47)
• Newly activated schools should complete one (1) school year before applying.
• Schools should have at least an ABCs with Ace and Christi (Kindergarten) program up to elementary level or Level 6.
Since a Model School has a higher standard of operations, we will be requiring the following items that your school needs to accomplish.
Students demonstrate consistent academic achievement the previous year
• Average of 72 - 84 PACE Tests per student (total PACE tests divided by total number of enrolled students, excluding students with diagnosed learning difficulty).
• A minimum of PACE Test passing score of 90% for PACEs 1013 – 1072 and 88% for PACEs 1073 – up (excluding students with diagnosed learning difficulty)
• Should have participated in the latest annual national standardized testing using CEM Tests (K-12 Achievement Test, ELCOM, RTSH, PACT and/or CEM Profiler) or subscribed to CEM Tests, if a member school.
• Should have a regular school program which incorporates BLESS or other similar community-based service
Wait for the schedule of your School Assistance Visit. Results of the School Assistance Visit Review will be the basis of the Field Consultant’s recommendation regarding your application.
(This step will depend upon the Field Consultant’s recommendation during the School Assistance Visit Review.)
A. Not Recommended – Work on noted deficiencies and submit requirements for consideration.
B. Recommended – Settle payment and wait for the schedule of Model School Status Visit.
Prepare for Model School Status Visit to be conducted by a team of evaluators.
Wait for the Model School Status Visit summary and result by the end of August.