Mission“The mission of One Bright Ray Community High School, an independent, accelerated school, is to provide a quality education to urban, over-aged and under-credited students in search of a positive school experience while earning their High School diploma. Our students come from widely diverse backgrounds including those that have struggled with academics and attendance and have not found success at other educational institutions. Every aspect of One Bright Ray CHS takes into consideration the unique needs, abilities, talents, and challenges of our students. Our intimate and highly supportive school environment provides an opportunity to experience high school free of negative labels. Our success relies on trusting, caring, and mutually respectful relationships between adults, young people, and their families. We create a safe environment, free from violence, abuse and intimidation through a framework of adult leadership and restorative practices. Using the One Bright Ray CHS accelerated project-based learning curriculum, we challenge each student to explore his/her personal and academic potential as a citizen in an evolving democracy and an ever-changing world.”
Student Needs Assessment
The program administers a comprehensive needs survey that asks questions about the students’ lives outside of school to determine what additional supports their students may need. Past community partnerships and services have included financial literacy workshops, college and career fairs, connection with local housing and health services, and referrals to appropriate child care options.
Focus on Adult Learners
One Bright Ray – Mansion Evening is a program specifically designed for adult learners, meaning anyone 18 years or older who are interested in receiving their high school diploma. The average age of students is 33 years old.
Harcum College Partnership
Students have the opportunity to participate in a dual enrollment program while attending One Bright Ray – Mansion Evening in partnership with Harcum College. Qualifying students would be able to each college credits while they are working towards their high school diplomas.
Student Achievement & Recognition
One Bright Ray – Simpson recognizes the work their students to daily through various celebration activities and events, including Pinning Ceremonies where students can earn recognition pins for various academic and extracurricular achievements, Honors Program, the 85s Club where students are invited to go on school trips at the end of each module, and Student Superlatives.
Extra Curricular Activities
One Bright Ray – Mansion Evening offers Financial Literacy Workshops and Resume Workshops.
- Alternative Education Progress Report
The Alternative Education Progress Report (AEPR) is an innovative tool designed to provide a high-level overview of how our alternative programs are performing. The AEPR reflects our core belief that all students deserve to attend great schools and that we must hold ourselves to a standard of equitable educational excellence.
- Operational Walk-through Reports
Operational Walk-throughs are formal observations during which a review team focuses primarily on the operational aspects of a program for the following domains: Vision for Learning; Family & Community Relationships; School Safety; Positive Environment, High Quality Instruction; Talent Development; and Data.
- Instructional Walk-through Reports
Instructional Walk-throughs are formal observations in which a review team focuses primarily on the instructional aspects of a program for the following components: Academic Success Questions with Leadership; Academic Success Questions with Teachers; Academic Success Questions with Students; and Classroom Observations.
- District-wide Survey
The District-wide Survey is a tool for capturing feedback from the school community on five key topics related to school improvement—climate, instruction, leadership, professional capacity, and parent/guardian-community ties. Questions are asked of each group to gather overall feedback about each school.