2022-2023 Annual Report
Piece Together Excellence
Table Of Contents
Mission and Vision
GOAL High School is so much more than just an online high school
GOAL High School has been changing lives since 2008, serving as a safety net for at-risk youth in almost every community throughout the state of Colorado! GOAL strives to employ the most passionate educators and support staff available to provide a comprehensive system of wrap-around services and mentorship to not only help students earn their high school diploma, but to ensure our students have the skills and confidence to be successful in the next chapter of their lives.GOAL serves such an important role in providing high school students with a unique choice that includes high quality instruction in a flexible learning environment using both online instruction and face-to-face support.GOAL’s approach goes far beyond the online classroom. In addition to essential supports that are available in each of our 40 drop-in centers strategically located throughout the state, we also support our students as they begin their first part-time or full-time jobs with our Work-based Learning Liaisons.This past year, GOAL saw many accomplishments as we were recognized by Microsoft as the “Biggest Impact School of the Americas,” one of three Microsoft Showcase schools recognized in the world. We also were recognized as one of the top 150 workplaces in the state of Colorado by the Denver Post and one of the top workplaces in Colorado Springs by the Colorado Springs Gazette.None of this would have been possible without the combined talent and commitment of a very dedicated group of individuals who have joined the GOAL High School team. Throughout this year’s annual report, you will meet and learn about the many faces of GOAL. The entire staff works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure our school is high-performing in all aspects of our operations and that we meet the needs of each and every student we serve.
DEvelop productive members of society
Helping all students achieve their full potential in a caring, supportive and personalized environment!
A feeling of belonging...
Our Continuous Improvement Journey...
GOAL continues its vision to help all students attain their full potential
Early in the 2020-2021 school year, GOAL High School’s leadership team began the process of reviewing the 2017 – 2022 strategic plan to determine the driving factors and needed changes for a new strategic plan that would begin in the 2022-2023 school year. During this time, it was decided that a new format was needed that would better reflect the contributions of all departments and staff members and provide a continuous improvement model that addressed the needs of both students and staff. The first step was the creation of five pillars representing all aspects of our work followed by the identification of unique goals for each pillar that would determine our priorities and help to focus strategies to meet each of the goals.Early in the 2021-2022 school year, the formation of the Chief Executive Officer Cabinet that included the department directors of Exceptional Student Services, Application Services and Technology, Infrastructure Services, Operations, Communications, Student Services, Human Resource, Finance, Curriculum & Instruction, Compliance, in concert with the chief officer team representing Executive, Academic, Finance, and Information Technology began collaborating to design the strategic plan pillar committees. All staff across the state were surveyed on the appropriateness of the pillars and goals and they were invited to express their interest in the different pillars and goals. The identified pillar committee chairs invited the staff to join in committee meetings held throughout the school year. As a collective collaborative whole, these committees identified specific measurable strategies that staff across the state could utilize over the next five years to fine tune GOAL High School’s processes and procedures. Each committee is dedicated to the continual work of leveraging these strategies to improve the school, communicating their progress to stakeholders, and tracking successes made through this powerful continuous improvement process.
STUDENT GROWTH, ACHIEVEMENT AND SUCCESS
Karla Ash - Senior Director of Accountability
EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT SERVICES
Shannon Sloane - Director of Exceptional Student Services
STUDENT CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING
CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
Aryn Henneke - Director of Curriculum and Support
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING AND SELF-AWARENESS FOR STUDENTS
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
Ramon Arriaga - Director of Student Support Services
STAFF SUCCESS THROUGH SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL WELLNESS AND PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
Ron Vigil - Senior Director of Human Resources
Alan Van Norman Director of Communications
FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY TO SUPPORT SCHOOL INNOVATION AND STUDENT SUCCESS
FACILITIES MANAGEMENT & OPERATIONS
Geri Sandoval - Director of Facilities Management
Brenton Downey - Director of Application Services
Kyle Van Acker - Director of Infrastructure Services
Bryana Burns Director of Finance
GOAL High School Awarded Biggest Impact for the Americas
One of three schools, WORLDWIDE, to be recognized by Microsoft...
From educational podcasts with Microsoft, to riding the nationwide wave that is eSports, GOAL High School continues to make strides in creative implementation of technology in education. Last year GOAL held the honor of being the “Biggest Impact School for the Americas,” one of only three worldwide! Microsoft not only renewed GOAL’s status as a Showcase School, but also appointed GOAL’s Chief Information Officer, Jamie Trujillo to serve on the Showcase School Global Advisory Board! Now in forty locations across Colorado, GOAL has pioneered and continues to perfect its balanced model providing online curriculum AND in-person wrap-around student support for academics and social-emotional growth.Always at the forefront for GOAL is its continued ability to offer top notch technology through its passionate and talented team. Trujillo lays it out plainly. “Everything we do is centered around technology. If we as a school are not preparing our students for that life, and really making them more productive members of society through the technology that they’re using in their lives, then what are we doing? Are we doing it right?”Many opportunities are available to students and staff alike as a result of the school’s showcase status including free, unlimited Microsoft training and employee’s ability to become a Microsoft Innovative Education Expert.For students, one of the big draws of late has been the Esports program which, according to Trujillo, is just another tool GOAL applies to increase engagement. Esports Statewide Head Coach, Scott Elliot, who also Principals the Central Region for GOAL, concurs that the benefits of the program are far-reaching. He mentions the ability to reconnect with “hard to reach students,” and “reflects on the reduction of at-risk factors amongst students who become actively engaged”. He cites one specific example of a completely disconnected freshman student who was “taken under the wings of senior students” as he participated with them on their eSports Team, allowing him to “come out of his shell” and to flourish academically, not to mention being a part of their state championship gaming team!Modern educators are beginning to agree that students do not care how much you know until they know how much you care… about what they care about! Through purposeful innovation, GOAL continues to be the leader in the field of innovative education for the 21st century!