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1 FISD Alternative Campuses Program Guide Student Opportunity Center 6928 Maple St. Frisco, TX Sue Kirk, Director Tyrone Davis, Assistant Principal Dana Racanelli, Assistant Principal

2 TABLE OF CONTENTS STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY.. 3 ELEMENTARY and MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAMS 4 Keys Elementary Discipline... 4 Academic Curriculum 4 Social Skills Curriculum 4 In-School Counseling 5 C.A.B.S. (Campus Academics and Behavioral Support) Program 5 HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS. 5 Academic Academy.. 5 Fourth and Fifth Year Students 5 Repeating 8 th Grade Students. 6 Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Grade Students.. 6 Overage High School Program 6 Parent Education Program (PEP)... 6 Night School Program... 6 Discipline Alternative Education Programs 7 Positive Academic Change (PAC) Program.. 7 COMMUNITY AND ADULT PROGRAMS. 8 GED (General Equivalency Development) Testing.. 8 GED (General Equivalence Development) Program 8 ESL (English as Second Language) Program..8 2

3 Student Opportunity Center (SOC) STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY At the Student Opportunity Center, our goal is to provide a safe and orderly learning environment where all students who enter our programs can learn and have the opportunity to reach their maximum potential. Students, no matter their background or reasons for attending class at the SOC, are valued as students and are treated with respect and care. The Student Opportunity Center a campus, within the Frisco ISD, receives and services students in Kindergarten through 12 th grades from all FISD campuses. Students who violate the district Student Code of Conduct are served through placement in the Student Opportunity Center district alternative education programs (DAEP). These programs provide a structured environment and address the students behavior needs, and at the same time, continue to service the students academic needs by offering a strong academic program using Frisco ISD curriculum. Students are placed at the SOC by their home campuses when it is determined that the students meet the criteria for our DAEP placement. It is our goal that students exit their individually tailored programs in step with their home campus programs and with the tools necessary to be successful both academically and behaviorally. The purpose of the Student Opportunity Center Academic Academy Program is to provide, identified high school students struggling academically, an alternative and innovative instructional environment which helps motivate the student to complete the needed coursework to either return to their home campus or to successfully complete their high school career. The program is designed to challenge students academically and socially by using problem solving instructional strategies and a strong behavior management system. Students are referred to the Academic Academy by their home campus. 3

4 Elementary and Middle School Programs Discipline Alternative Education Program KEEPING EVERY YOUTH SUCCESSFUL (KEYS) The KEYS program is the elementary and middle school discipline alternative education program. The program is designed to provide students the opportunity to develop behavioral skills necessary to meet the expectation of the regular classroom while maintaining high academic standards. Students are placed in the KEYS Program for both mandatory and discretionary placements as described in the FISD Student Code of Conduct. Academic Curriculum The academic curriculum will be individualized for students served in the KEYS Program and includes elementary academic subjects. Students will be expected to maintain the same academic standards as those established by the district. The same instructional materials and technology-supported curriculum will be utilized to provide continuity to their learning. KEYS personnel will integrate creative problem solving strategies for developing self-control into the instructional process. Personnel from the home school may visit the KEYS classroom and discuss their student s behavioral and academic needs with the KEYS instructional staff. These visits also provide a sense of stability and help assure a strong campus connection for the child s well-being. Social Skills Curriculum Students with inadequate developmental social skills have great difficulty interacting successfully in school and at home. One of the goals of the KEYS program is to help students learn the social skills necessary to interact appropriately with peers, school personnel, and their families. Throughout the enrollment period, emphasis is placed on learning appropriate social skills including self-management, positive peer relationships, and conflict resolution. When the student returns to the home school, KEYS personnel will be available to provide support for the classroom teacher. The transition back to the home campus will be coordinated and carefully monitored by the KEYS staff and the personnel from the home campus in order to provide for consistency within the student s program. 4

5 ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAMS - continued In-School Counseling Program The KEYS in-school counseling program is designed to complement the students social skills curriculum. The counselor will meet with each student on a regular basis. Meetings may involve students one-on-one, in a group setting and/or classroom setting. In addition to working with students, the school counseling program may include consultation time with parents, other KEYS personnel, and home campus personnel. C.A.B.S. (Campus Academics and Behavioral Support) Program The C.A.B.S. Program is a program created to bring the resources to the student, teacher and administrator. By being a push-in model and moving away from the pullout model, the program realigns resources. Intervention specialists go to the campuses and work with the student, their teacher, and administrators in an attempt to provide all parties the skills needed to ensure success with student achievement and/or improving the student s classroom behavior. High School Programs ACADEMIC ACADEMY The Academic Academy is a program created to assist students in grades 9 through 12 to achieve their educational goals. It uses a variety of assessments to determine the student s learning style and creates an individual success plan to help the student achieve educational goals. The innovative classrooms are designed to provide the students with online and blended learning. Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses are also supported by the Academic Academy. Recommendation for placement in the Academic Academy is determined by the student s home campus. Candidates for the Academic Academy are as follows: Fourth and Fifth Year Students Fourth and fifth year students who have fallen behind in credits and are not scheduled to graduate on time are given an opportunity to enroll in the Academic Academy to accelerate their earning of credits. When students have completed the required courses for graduation, while at the Academic Academy, they will exit the program and be able to continue their education through college, trade programs and the military. Graduation celebrations are held for the students finishing the program to allow the opportunities for family, SOC staff, district staff and mentors to congratulate the students for their hard work. 5

6 ACADEMIC ACADEMY - continued Repeating 8 th Grade Students Repeating 8th grade students due to failing course work or STAAR, and who will be 16 years old during the year may qualify for admission in the Academic Academy. Students are placed in the program through the Grade Placement Committee on their home campus for the fall semester. The students placed in this program will attend classes at the SOC. The student s academic progress will be evaluated at the end of the first semester to determine if promotion to the 9th grade is possible at that time or if the student will remain at the SOC for the second semester. Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Grade Students Students who have fallen behind in credits have the opportunity to attend the Academic Academy. Our expectation for these students is to recover the courses they have failed while fulfilling their current course requirements and then return to their home campus for the remainder of their high school career. Overage High School Program The over age high school program is for students who are 18 years or older and want to enroll in Frisco ISD, but do not have the credits to graduate within a reasonable timeframe. Students accepted into the program will not be enrolled in Frisco ISD but will have the opportunity to work on skills needed to earn their GED and will be supported in making decisions about the next level of their education, such as attending Collin College or a trade school. Parent Education Program (PEP) PEP is a program for teen parents who want to accelerate their coursework toward the completion for graduation. These students have the choice of attending PEP, a oneperiod class held for expectant students to learn about pre-natal care, safety issues, nutrition, child birth and parenting skills. The district PEP teacher meets with the students during the class on a regular basis to help them with doctor visits, day care and insurance. Night School Program The purpose of the Student Opportunity Center Night School is to provide an educational opportunity outside of the normal school day for students to master the curriculum of incomplete and failed courses. The program utilizes a web-based educational program using on-line curriculum and certified teachers. Frisco ISD classroom teachers facilitate the learning experience of each student in the night school program. 6

7 ACADEMIC ACADEMY - continued Discipline Alternative Education Program Positive Academic Change (PAC) Program The PAC Program is Frisco ISD s high school discipline alternative education program. Students are placed in the PAC Program for both mandatory and discretionary placements as described in the FISD Student Code of Conduct. Mandatory placement recommendations are made by the home campus. Recommendation of a discretionary placement is made by the Campus Intervention Team and administrator at the home campus. A Central Intake Meeting is required for placement and a final decision of placement will be made at that time. The parent, student, a representative from the home campus, and an SOC administrator must be present at the meeting. The PAC Program curriculum is two-fold in nature. Because most placements to the PAC Program are for behavior concerns, students are instructed on positive behavior and social skills in all classes. While behavior is a focus, academics are still a priority. All core teachers are certified in the field that they teach and use the district curriculum, along with the home campus teachers lesson plans; to develop lessons that will ensure that the students academics are met and transitions back to their home campuses will be seamless. While keeping students current in their classes, the PAC teachers also utilize this time to help remediate students struggling with their academics. 7

8 Community and Adult Programs GED (General Equivalency Development) Testing Frisco ISD offers the GED test to residents of Frisco and surrounding areas. The GED measures the outcome of a high school education. There are five, online batteries of tests, one in each of the following subjects: mathematics, science, social studies, writing skills, and reading. Adaptations to testing conditions are permitted for adults with disabilities. Our mission is to provide quality testing services for eligible candidates so that they may have the opportunity to earn high school equivalency credentials. We strive to ensure the credibility and acceptance of Texas certificates by maintaining the integrity of the testing program. In order to be eligible for testing, an applicant must: Be 18 years of age Be a resident of the state Not be enrolled in any school Not be a high school graduate GED (General Equivalency Development) Program In addition to the testing, Frisco ISD offers GED Preparation Classes to adults living in the Frisco School District. These classes are held on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:00-9:00. These classes are free of charge. Please bring proof of residency such as a utility bill, etc. ESL (English as Second Language) Program Frisco ISD offers ESL to residents of Frisco. The ESL program works with adults of all stages of learning English. The staff work in small and large group settings. Materials are supplied. These classes are held on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:00-9:00. These classes are free of charge. Please bring proof of residency such as a utility bill, etc. 8

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