Lake Worth High Launching Entrepreneur School

Lake Worth High Launching Entrepreneur School
Posted on 05/24/2019
3DE School logo at Lake Worth Community High School

The 3DE School at Lake Worth Community High School is a choice program designed to expose students to hands-on, project-based learning challenges provided by local and national business partners.  

Cross-curricular themes and essential questions tie these challenges to instruction not only in students' 3DE elective courses, but across all core content-area classes (English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies).  

By providing a real-world context for learning that is integrated across classes, students are better able to internalize knowledge and skills, and apply them in their post-secondary education and/or career.

For more information view the video below and contact Mr. Joseph Holcombe, Assistant Principal of the 3DE Career Choice Academy at Lake Worth Community High School. 

News Article from the Palm Beach Post

Lake Worth High launching entrepreneur school
Kevin D. Thompson

From the Palm Beach Post
Posted Jan 22, 2019 at 2:40 PM 
Updated Jan 23, 2019 at 10:28 AM

LAKE WORTH — Lake Worth High School has had its share of problems over the years, but the school’s principal is looking forward to better years.

“Today, we will have to start fresh with new lenses,” Elvis Epps recently told city commissioners. “We are doing some amazing things.”

Some of those things include:

Starting in the fall, the high school will host South Florida’s only 3DE by Junior Achievement, a leadership and entrepreneur school within a school. “We have some outstanding donors in the community,” Epps said. “You do not bring any multi-million program to any school you think is failing. In other words, you don’t put your jewelry and your valuables on a sinking ship.”
Graduation rates have increased 10 percent in the past two years.The school has led the county in students who received associate of arts degrees.

One of the challenges Epps, who was named principal two years ago, has had was finding the best candidates for jobs. “It’s hard to hire the best people when some of the best people don’t apply to come to Lake Worth,” he said. “I have to call principals at some other schools to get their leftovers.”

Lake Worth High hired a school ambassador to help teachers in classrooms. “We don’t want them overwhelmed, burnt out and leaving immediately,” Epps said.

Epps was a relative newcomer to the school district, hired in January 2016 as a human resources manager. Before that, he worked for 20 years as a teacher and administrator in Orange County’s public school system, then went to Tallahassee to serve as principal of Florida State University School, Florida State University’s K-12 laboratory school.

“Why do people have this misconception about Lake Worth High School?” Epps asked.

The school was built in 1922 and is one of the county’s oldest. It has about 2,400 students and is 52 percent Hispanic, 33 percent African-American and 6 percent white.

The school has 272 students with attendance below 90 percent; 696 students showing two or more early warning indicators, 544 students with one or more retentions (held back a grade) and 164 students with one or more suspensions.

“If a child has been retained at least twice, his chance of graduating high school is less than 50 percent,” Epps said. “He’s 16 years old sitting in a night grade classroom and by the time he gets to 10th or 11th grade, he’s almost a 19-year-old who should be in his second year of college. But we tell them, it’s OK. We want you to graduate.”

Epps said he has major goals to help turn Lake Worth High around. One is professional development to make sure teachers are trained in the areas they need to grow. He said he’s also concerned about student growth.

“What are we doing to make sure every child is accounted for and receiving a proper education,” Epps said. “Everybody can tell you who their lousiest teachers was or who made a negative impact whether it was 10 years ago or 50 years ago. But you also know the ones who touch your heart.”

The school’s plans, Epps said, are to increase district-wide partnership with the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce and to start a Spectrum Games For Students With Disabilities.

“We want to spend the day just celebrating the kids with disabilities because we love them,” Epps said. “This is how you level the field.”

Link to the original PB Post article