“They all have stories,” says Bishop Hall Principal Chris Huckans of his students. “Some are required at home to help, or have to work. Others have suffered an illness or struggle with mental health issues. The reality is, if our school didn’t exist, these kids would likely have been lost to us.”
Huckans has spent his entire career working with high-risk kids. A founding teacher at Bishop Hall, he left a few years back to pursue a career in educational administration only to return two years ago to lead the charter school as its principal. “The place, the culture, the staff. We have a very special organization here at Bishop Hall. Kids are allowed to learn at their own pace and can learn experientially. The classrooms are small. Teachers really get to know their students. We like to say that once you are a Bishop Hall kid, you are always part of the family.”
Part of what makes students successful at Bishop Hall is the ability to learn at their own speed using personalized learning pathways that allow them to shine and demonstrate their abilities. This approach is made possible through Bishop Hall’s use of the Brightspace learning management system.
“The plan was always to be cutting edge here at the school. This applies to our staff. They are all very determined, strong-willed people who are passionate about seeing every child succeed and graduate,” says Huckans. “Our use of Brightspace allows them to innovate and experiment. For instance, our business teacher, Brandi Miranda, has six different ways for a student to demonstrate their learning, including most recently a sports franchise project.”