Waxahachie Global High School

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Waxahachie Global High School
Address
275 Indian Dr

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75165

United States
Coordinates 32°23′48″N96°50′56″W / 32.39664°N 96.84883°W / 32.39664; -96.84883 Coordinates: 32°23′48″N96°50′56″W / 32.39664°N 96.84883°W / 32.39664; -96.84883
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School type Early College High School, T-STEM Academy, Public High School (9–12)
MottoAt Global High, We Believe In Success!
Founded2007
OpenedFall 2007
School district Waxahachie Independent School District
PrincipalKen Lynch
Grades9–12
Number of students418 (2016-17) [1]
Average class size15 - 20 students
LanguageEnglish
Hours in school day8 hours
Color(s)         Blue & Silver
Mascot Wolf
Website

Waxahachie Global High School is a high school in Waxahachie, Texas, founded in 2007 on the historic T.C. Wilemon campus. It is one of only 91 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) academies in the state of Texas. [2] It was additionally granted Early College High School status in 2009 through a partnership with Navarro College, allowing students to earn an associate degree along with their high school diploma. Recently, as of the start of the 2013-2014 school year, Global High made a partnership with UT Tyler for all the STEM-based college courses offered at Global. As a public charter school, students from Ellis County and surrounding areas can attend regardless of zoning. Many students commute from surrounding cities such as Waxahachie, Red Oak, Ennis, Maypearl, Midlothian, Palmer, Italy, Cedar Hill, and Desoto. Waxahachie Global was named a 2014 "Best High School" by U.S. News & World Report. [3] Starting in the 2018-19 school year, the Global campus is located in the Billy R. Hancock Building (formerly the Ninth Grade Academy).

Waxahachie, Texas City in Texas, United States

Waxahachie is the county seat of Ellis County, Texas, United States, it is located just beyond the southern suburbs of Dallas and is part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The population was 29,621 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 32,344 in 2014.

Navarro College

Navarro College is a public community college in Texas with its main campus Corsicana and branches in Fairfield, Mexia, Midlothian, and Waxahachie. The college currently features annual student enrollment of more than 9,000 students.

An associate degree is an undergraduate degree awarded, primarily in the United States, after a course of post-secondary study lasting two or three years. It is a level of qualification between a high school diploma or GED and a bachelor's degree.

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Campus

First housed in the T.C. Wilemon campus built in 1917, Global High consists of three levels. A postcard preserved by the McGovern Library hints that the building was originally designed in 1913 to become a sanitarium, a plan that fell through (the building was instead erected inside of a house near the Chautauqua, on the site of what is now Baylor Hospital). The original 1920s wooden flooring is preserved on the second floor and in the auditorium, and the exterior still boasts the original stonework, including an engraved pediment and entrance columns. The architectural aspects of Global's exterior have been richly debated by students and staff alike, and it has been concluded that the building is primarily Federal style, with trace elements of Greek Revival and Split Level stylings. Two additions have been made to the building since its construction. In the mid-1930s, a wing extension in Art Deco style and a gym were built as part of the "recovery" portion of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal in an effort to create jobs during the Great Depression. Though the floor has been replaced, original wooden bench bleachers remain from the early construction. In the 1960s, the science wing was added through generous private donations. Laminate flooring, a low and long shape, and glass curtain walls and windows set this wing apart from the main building. Over the years, the building has served as the town's primary high school (until 1970), an alternative school, a primary school, and an administrative center interspersed with several years of abandonment before becoming Global. With the opening of a new Waxahachie High School campus in 2018, Global moved to the Billy R. Hancock Building (formerly the Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy).

Sanatorium medical facility for treatment of chronic illness

A sanatorium is a medical facility for long-term illness, most typically associated with treatment of tuberculosis (TB) in the late-nineteenth and twentieth century before the discovery of antibiotics. A distinction is sometimes made between "sanitarium" and "sanatorium".

Chautauqua

Chautauqua was an adult education movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Chautauqua assemblies expanded and spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920s. The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, showmen, preachers, and specialists of the day. Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying that Chautauqua is "the most American thing in America."

Federal architecture architectural style

Federal-style architecture is the name for the classicizing architecture built in the newly founded United States between c. 1780 and 1830, and particularly from 1785 to 1815. This style shares its name with its era, the Federalist Era. The name Federal style is also used in association with furniture design in the United States of the same time period. The style broadly corresponds to the classicism of Biedermeier style in the German-speaking lands, Regency architecture in Britain and to the French Empire style.

Grounds

Global's front and rear flower beds are tended by the Ellis County Master Gardener Association, and use in part a rainwater tank designed by the students as part of their engineering education to irrigate the soil. Global also boasts the start of a community garden in its rear grounds, as well as a courtyard built by the class of 2011, where students are able to eat lunch. On the front lawn are 6 oak trees, planted after the end of World War II in 1945. Many of the men from the then Waxahachie High School had fought in the war between 1941 and 1945. Five oaks were planted to commemorate the bravery of the soldiers who returned, while one live oak was planted to memorialize alumni who never returned. A stone plaque next to the front walkway explains the significance of the oaks.

Rainwater tank container used to collect rainwater

A rainwater tank is a water tank used to collect and store rain water runoff, typically from rooftops via pipes. Rainwater tanks are devices for collecting and maintaining harvested rain. A rainwater catchment or collection system can yield 2,358 litres (623 US gal) of water from 2.54 cm (1.00 in) of rain on a 92.9 m2 (1,000 sq ft) roof.

Rainfall Catchment Equation: Catchment Area x Event Rainfall Depth (in) x 0.623 Conversion Factor =Gallonsof Potential Rainwater Collected

*Note this equation is for U.S., imperial measurements; i.e. calculations and conversion factor is for distance in feet and inches, and volume in gallons.

World War II 1939–1945 global war

World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. The major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.

School structure and graduation requirements

As both a T-STEM academy and Early College High School, Global has a unique structure. Upon passing the Accuplacer tests or earning sufficient TAKS scores, students are fully enrolled in Navarro College. Tuition is paid by the college with no cost to Global families, and as such, qualifying students are encouraged to fully utilize Navarro's resources. In addition to dual credit classes offered during the school day, students may take zero and ninth hour (before and after school) courses on Global's campus, and select evening and summer courses on Navarro's Midlothian or Waxahachie campus.

To graduate with an associate degree, students must earn 63 credit hours in select fields mandated by Navarro College. Global students who complete all the required courses in good standing are eligible to receive an Associate's of Science (AS) or an Associate's of Art (AA) degree. Any credit hours earned, regardless of degree completion status, may be transferred to participating four-year universities. This enables even non-degree earning students to transfer a minimum amount of credits to their continuing education without having to pay for the courses.

Global offers a variety of upper level science classes, engineering electives, mathematics from Geometry through college Calculus II, and a wide assortment of technical computer courses to fulfill its STEM standing. To fill unique graduation requirements, all students are required to take an engineering course in addition to two technology courses. Other graduation requirements follow the Texas standards.

Geometry branch of mathematics that measures the shape, size and position of objects

Geometry is a branch of mathematics concerned with questions of shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space. A mathematician who works in the field of geometry is called a geometer.

The third pillar of Global's structure is project-based learning. This method teaches teamwork, responsibility, presentation skills, time management and more. Each teacher assigns around 5 projects per school year; often more in the case of engineering and technology courses. Popular projects have included designing math board games in Algebra II, building cardboard furniture in Engineering, creating an island society in World Geography, and filming skits, plays, and music videos for a variety of classes using school provided cameras.

Project-based learning

Project-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which it is believed that students acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems. Students learn about a subject by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, challenge, or problem. It is a style of active learning and inquiry-based learning. PBL contrasts with paper-based, rote memorization, or teacher-led instruction that presents established facts or portrays a smooth path to knowledge by instead posing questions, problems or scenarios.

Unique courses

Global's STEM Department hosts a variety of advanced classes:

Science- Astronomy, Scientific Research & Design

Technology- Computer Applications, Digital & Interactive Media, Animation, Graphic Design, Web Technologies

Engineering- Introduction to Engineering & Design, Principles of Engineering, Civil Engineering & Architecture, Aerospace Engineering, Engineering Development and Design and Digital Engineering (discontinued in the 2012-2013 school year).

Several dual credit courses offer advanced study opportunities as well. Many students take 2 semesters of college chemistry instead of high school chemistry, and these courses are known as some of the most difficult at the school. Other dual credit science opportunities include Astronomy, Physical Science (college level Earth-Space Science), and Biology. Mathematics extends to Calculus, but instead of the usual AP classes, Global Calculus is dual credit. In some cases, these courses may not be taken during the regular school day, but only during additional class slots (zero/ninth hour, summer, evening, and mini-mester).

Extracurriculars

Waxahachie Global High does not have any UIL-sanctioned sports teams, but has co-oped with the YMCA and formed recreational teams for flag football, basketball, softball, ballroom dance, cheerleading, and volleyball. Past and present academic and social clubs at Global High include TSA, Robotics, DI, Interact, Student Council, Recipe Club, Pro-Life, Bible Study, Gaming Club, Philosopher's Club, Science Club, FCS, Choir, Prom Committee, Gardening Club, Art Club, Quidditch Club, Media Club, and NHS.

Student awards and achievements

Global has produced National Merit Finalists, National Merit Commended Scholars, multiple Technology Student Association National Finalists and qualifiers, Singleton Scholarship awardees, Jack Kilby Prize recipients, over 500 degree-earning early college graduates, a President's Volunteer Service awardee, multiple teams of Destination Imagination National and Global Finalists, camp RYLA attendees, a FIRST Robotics Innovation in Control award, and numerous other state-level competition awards.

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References

  1. "WAXAHACHIE GLOBAL H S". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  2. http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/News_and_Multimedia/Press_Releases/2014/TEA_designates_16_new_T-Stem_Academies/
  3. https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools