Dunbar Prep aiming to transform its academic trajectory

Dunbar Prep aiming to transform its academic trajectory

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Grading growth, performance, and achievement, the state handed Dunbar College Preparatory Academy an "F" across the board.

However, Lubbock ISD Superintendent Kathy Rollo said those scores are an indication of the school's past, not its future.

She said she believes this year will be a new dawn for Dunbar Prep. 

"We are extending the school day by an hour, we recruited our top teachers from across the district to go to Dunbar and it's had a huge response to that. So we have some great teachers in place and we've added additional staff to make sure we're meeting the needs of the students. I am very confident that we'll be celebrating Dunbar next year," Rollo said.

The school is now a part of the Lubbock Partnership Network, which also includes its three elementary feeder schools: Ervin, Hodges, and Alderson.

The network's executive principal, Cicely Alexander, said there is a plan in place for Dunbar Prep to have a record-breaking school year. 

"We are focusing on early literacy, social emotional learning, and providing each campus with specific professional development that will meet their campus needs," Alexander said.

Alexander emphasized this focus on early literacy at Ervin, Hodges, and Alderson will ensure Dunbar Prep's long-term success. 

"If we can ensure a strong phonics and strong reading foundation, then we will be able to then send stronger readers to the middle school. So they're not just learning to read, but now they are reading to learn because of their strong reading foundation," Alexander said.
 

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