Alternative Education

Elston Program

Elston Alternative Education Program

Elston Education Center
2241 Old Romney Road
Lafayette, IN 47909

(765) 765-269-8429

Deb DeLion

Deb DeLion

Teacher


Program Information

The Elston Alternative Education Program serves Tippecanoe School Corporation students who experience difficulty in successful participation at Harrison or McCutcheon High School. This may include students in substantial danger of expulsion. In lieu of a formal expulsion procedure, the student may, with the approval of school authorities, enroll in the alternative school program. Re-admission to the home high school may be contingent upon the successful completion of at least one academic credit for transfer to the home school, depending on terms mutually agreed to by school administration, student, and guardian.

Qualifications as an Alternative Student

Alternative students must be enrolled in a TSC high school. They must be referred by a high school counselor and approved by their high school principal and the Director of the EAC.

Upon admission to the Alternative Center, the student and parents will meet with the Elston staff. They will review expectations, establish goals, and instructional methods and opportunities will be discussed.

To qualify for consideration as an Alternative Student, the student must:

  1. Be recommended by the referring high school Principal and approved by the Elston Director.
  2. Be enrolled in a TSC high school.
  3. Attend an orientation meeting with his/her guardian.
  4. Provide a transportation plan before entry.
  5. Sign an Educational Performance Contract along with both parent and teacher.
  6. Be seriously committed to earning credit toward a regular high school diploma.
  7. Be sufficiently mature and self-disciplined to succeed in an independent-study environment.
  8. Adhere to Elston Alternative Center rules.
  9. Attend daily.
  10. Return to their home high school at the beginning of the next school semester, depending upon criteria established by the referring school.
  11. Attend a reentry meeting with a parent, instructor, and counselor/administrator at the home high school if requested.

Program Features

  • Two sessions daily
  • Curriculum meets high school standards and student abilities.
  • Courses are conducted in an independent study manner and taught by a licensed teacher.
  • Student is able to earn credits that will transfer to their home high school, depending upon criteria established by referring school.
  • Regular attendance is essential to student success.
  • Parents make a commitment to be actively involved as needed.
  • Consultation between Elston Alternative Center and the referring high school will guide course selection.
  • Courses will be selected, fees paid, and goals established during initial orientation.
  • Progress reports as requested.
  • A reentry meeting is conducted with the student and the parent if requested by parent, student, home school or Alternative Teacher.

Classes

The Elston Education Center receives referred students from the TSC school district for the Elston Alternative Center. Candidates are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. We offer courses in the following areas:

*Basic Math*EnglishGeographySociology
*Algebra 1 and 2Basic LiteratureGovernmentEconomics
*GeometryWorld LiteratureU.S. HistoryEarth Science
Consumer EconomicsAmerican LiteratureGeography and History of the World*Biology
HealthBritish LiteraturePsychology
KeyboardingWord ProcessingSpeech (summer only)

(*Plato– computer instruction)

Expectations

Transportation

Tippecanoe School Corporation does not provide transportation. It will be the student's responsibility to get to and from Elston on a daily basis. Before the student may begin, the parent will confirm the student's transportation plan with the instructor.

Attendance

Regular attendance is an attribute that will enhance the employability of an individual. In addition, to ensure maximum continuity of instruction and receive maximum educational benefit, it is vital that a student practice regular attendance. Accordingly, it is incumbent upon the Tippecanoe School Corporation to use every reasonable measure to instill consistent attendance habits in every student. Attendance is required daily as outlined in the TSC policy manual.

Classes meet for three hours during the normal TSC calendar. A copy of the calendar will be given to the student upon enrollment.

Parents please follow this procedure for absences: 1. Student absences must be confirmed daily by telephone prior to the session starting time by the student's parent, (269-8429). 2. A parent note must accompany the student upon return to Elston in order for the absence to be excused. Please see TSC Attendance Policy.

Because of the short daily schedule, doctor and dentist appointments should be scheduled either before or after the school day, and not during normal class time.

Student Dress and Grooming

Grooming and dress are expected to be in good taste and appropriate to the educational environment. Self-discipline and cooperation from home are the goals. Nonetheless, whenever in the opinion of the Elston staff, grooming or dress interferes with the educational pursuits of the building, students will be requested to alter their dress or grooming.

According to TSC board policy, there must be adequate coverage of the body. Muscle, tank shirts, tube tops, spandex shorts and/or bare midriffs are prohibited. Dresses, skirts, or shorts must be of moderate length. Pants should be worn high enough that underwear does not show.

More specifically, a student may not wear items of clothing that advertise or promote actions or products that are illegal or against school rules. This includes but is not limited to, the mention of alcohol, tobacco, and other controlled substances. Please use good judgment and common sense in determining what is worn to school.

Daily Procedures

Upon entering and leaving Elston, please sign in and out on the time sheet provided.

Textbooks will not be taken from the classroom. PLEASE.... put away all books and materials used.

Tests are duplicated and available from the Elston Center staff. No tests are taken open book unless specifically directed to do so. Students are expected to study their assigned subject while in the classroom. Please don't put us in the position of reminding you to stay busy.

Breaks will be 9:30 - 9:45 AM in the morning session, 1:30 – 1:45 PM in the afternoon session and 6:30 – 6:45 PM in the evening session.

Care of School Property

All teaching materials, equipment, and facilities are the property of Tippecanoe School Corporation. The student is expected to exercise care in the use of all corporation property. Abuse shall result in dismissal from alternative school and restitution as allowed by law.

Student Conduct

Student conduct shall be governed by board policy as outlined in the pamphlet Student Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities, published by Tippecanoe School Corporation and will be given to the student during the enrollment interview.

In general, students are expected to pursue educational goals independently, without bothering or disrupting other students that may be sharing the facility. Students are expected to honor the educational pursuits of fellow students. Disruptive behavior that interrupts the educational pursuits of other students will result in dismissal from Elston Alternative School and the student must return to his/her home school. Failure to return to the home school will result in truancy.

As per State Law and board policy, SMOKING IS PROHIBITED.

PAGERS AND CELL PHONE ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM. If parents need to contact student, please call 269-8429. During school hours, Elston operates as a closed campus. Students are expected to remain within the building

Class times and emergency procedures

Elston Alternative Center will be closed in the event of emergency cancellation of TSC schools. When a two-hour delay has been called the AM and PM class will meet:

AM Class 7:45 – 10:45 AM
PM Class 11:45 – 2:45 PM
Night Class 3:00 - 6:15 PM

Local radio and television stations will provide the information for school closings. Parents and students may also register via the TSC website for alerts.

Instructional Guidelines

Students will be enrolled in individualized courses of study that are referred by the high school administration.

Each course will entail a required minimum of 30 hours in-class time. Credit can only be granted when the student has satisfied course requirements, including successful completion of all assignments, tests, and tutorials, etc.

Each course will be conducted as an independent study. Students are expected to stay on-task, and work quietly and independently. Music devices, such as iPods and CD players, are allowed as long as it doesn't disturb the classroom. Earphones and batteries are the student's responsibility; we do not provide them.

Fees

Elston fee per credit for the day class is $30.00. Elston fee per credit for the night or summer class is $100. On the first day of class, the course fee for the first credit is expected to be paid in cash or by check. As the student begins each new credit thereafter, the fee will need to be paid in full before the subject is started. A payment schedule may be set up, if needed. Please note that the TSC will assess a $27.50 fee for any NSF or Account Closed check that is returned as unpaid. Please include a driver's license number and date of birth on any checks you issue to the school.

SOAR Program

SOAR Academy

Elston Education Center
2241 Old Romney Road
Lafayette, IN 47909

(765) 765-269-8429

Jo Ann Brown

Jo Ann Brown

Teacher - SOAR/504


Program Information

The SOAR Program provides an educational alternative for expelled middle school students and high school students up to the age of 15 to increase the likelihood that these youth will remain in and successfully reintegrate into the public and community.

Program Description

SOAR staff members promote positive behaviors to enhance the following:

  • educational achievements
  • academic, social, and life skills
  • self-esteem
  • respect for others

SOAR School offers an alternative education program to middle school students and high school students through the age of fifteen from Tippecanoe School Corporation who have been expelled from school, who are wards of the court, or who are ordered to attend SOAR by the Juvenile Judge.

Expectations

Daily Schedule

SOAR students are able to attend one of two sessions: morning from 8:00 a.m. till 11:00 a.m. or afternoon from 12:00 p.m. till 3:00 p.m. It is the responsibility of the student and the parent to insure the appropriate behavior of the student before and after school hours. Students are not to loiter outside the building.

Transportation

It is the responsibility of the parent(s) to provide daily transportation to and from school.

Behavior

Expected Behavior

  • Do what your teacher asks immediately
  • Work when you are supposed to.
  • Raise your hand and wait for permission to speak.
  • Bring books, notebooks, paper, pens, and pencils to class.
  • Turn in completed assignments on time.
  • Keep hands, feet and object to yourself.
  • Submit to random searches

Dress Code

Appropriate dress and grooming shall be the responsibility of students and their parents. If a manner of dress, grooming and/or appearance is disruptive or presents a physical hazard, SOAR staff shall take necessary action to correct the situation. There shall be adequate coverage of the body. For example, muscle tank shirts, tube tops, spandex shorts, and/or bare midriffs are prohibited. Dresses, skirts and shorts must be of moderate length – at least fingertip length. Clothing items (or wording/pictures on them) which, in the opinion of the SOAR staff, promote illegal activities or tend to disrupt the educational atmosphere are not permitted.

Areas of importance are:

Students may not wear or bring to SOAR school:

  1. Apparel or articles which denote gang membership
    • bandanas
    • jackets
    • wrist bands
    • chains/medallions
    • any other article specified by SOAR staff
  2. Pants/jeans must be worn at waist level and may not drag the ground. SOAR staff may request the student wear a belt if the pants/jeans are too large to be worn appropriately.
  3. Any clothing or article that promotes cigarette, drugs, and/or alcohol products/paraphernalia.

Books

Each SOAR student shall be responsible for books issued for classroom and home use. If books are damaged or lost, the student/parent is responsible for the cost of the repair or replacement.

Supplies and Materials

Students are required to bring paper, pencils, and pens to school every day. Two folders will be provided for each student. One will contain his/her classroom work and will remain on his/her desks. The other folder containing all the students' work for the week will be sent home each Thursday. A parent/guardian signature is required when the folder is returned on each Friday of the school week.

Curriculum

Each student should be given the opportunity to face the challenges in his/her life. The SOAR school accepts students who want to experience a learning environment which will allow them to explore academic areas of interest, as well as strategies for developing positive self-improvement.

Attendance/Tardy

The process of education requires continuity of instruction, classroom participation, learning experiences, and study in order for a student to attain his/her maximum educational potential. The interactions of pupils under the tutelage of a competent teacher are vital to this purpose. Accordingly, it is incumbent upon the Tippecanoe School Corporation to encourage attendance by every student.

To the extent that provisions of this policy should be in conflict with laws, regulations, or rules applicable to any student who is a handicapped child as defined by I.C. 20-1-6-1, Sec. 1, such laws, regulations, or rules shall be controlling.

  1. Parents/legal guardians are to notify the school authorities as early as possible on the day of the student's absence. In instances where the student and parents are aware the student will be missing school for a pre-planned event, written notification should be made to the school prior to the date of the absence. The reason for any student absence must be provided by the parent/guardian in writing, via phone call, or by voice mail prior to the beginning of the next school day.
  2. In order to qualify for grade promotion or course credit, a student must be present in class 90% of the class enrollment days.
  3. The following are circumstances in which a student is not in school but will be counted as if he/she were present:
    1. Exhibiting at the State Fair, if personal involvement is required for the project exhibition (requires verification by an adult 4-H leader.) IC 20-8.1-3-18
    2. Serving as a page in the State Legislature, when properly arranged in advance (verification of attendance by State Legislature personnel is required.) IC 20-8.1-3-18
    3. Taking a driver's test if this cannot be scheduled after normal school hours or on Saturday. (ID 10-8.1-3-18)
    4. Educational/religious experience under supervision of parent(s)/guardian.
  4. The following absences are not counted against the student when determining the attendance requirement beyond the maximum nine (9) days allowed and are to be exempt from attendance requirements.
    1. Illness with physician verification.
    2. Immediate family member funeral with verification. Immediate family is defined as a student's parents/guardian, brother, sister, grandparents, or corresponding step-relatives.
    3. Judicial appointments with verification.
    4. Out-of-school suspension.
  5. Make Up Work
    1. Excused absences – the student is responsible for making up work for all absences. Time allowed for completion of make up work is three days. Administrative approval is required for any time extensions.
    2. Out of school suspension – the student is responsible for contacting the teacher to determine assignments. All work is to be completed by the day the student returns to school.
  6. Truancy is an unexcused absence. Although they are encouraged to complete work missed, students will not receive academic credit for daily work missed due to truancies.
  7. The school may elect to seek additional verification of the reason for absences and/or to hear appeals for extenuating circumstances.
  8. The student and the parent/guardian will be contacted each semester when the student has accumulated five (5) absences in a semester or the student's attendance pattern indicates a risk of not meeting Tippecanoe School Corporation's attendance requirement. This guideline applies to all absences from school.
  9. If a student is ill, the illness must be reported to the SOAR teacher by 8:15 a.m. for morning session and 12:15 p.m. for afternoon session the day of the illness. The SOAR phone number is included in this handbook.

Tardy

Students are expected to report to school by 8:00 a.m. for the morning session and 12:00 p.m. for the afternoon session. Failure to do so will result in possible dismissal from program and the original expulsion will be enforced.

Emergency Procedures

Fire Drill:

When the fire alarm sounds, students are to proceed to the exit as quickly as possible, as carefully as possible, and as quietly as possible. Once students are outside, the class should remain together, the class roster must be checked, and the teacher should listen and look for the signal to return to the classroom.

Teachers/IAs lead the students out of the classroom. Students should proceed to the nearest exit (the door that they enter/exit each morning). Once outside, students will wait for teachers' instructions to return to the classroom.

Tornado Drill:

A tornado alarm will sound via the intercom. At this point, all students are to follow these instructions.

  • Proceed to the arranged location
  • Sit on the floor with the students' backs to the wall
  • Bring their legs to the chest area and put their heads to their knees while covering their head area with their hands.
  • Be as quiet as possible.
  • Stay seated and listen for further instructions until told to return to the classroom.

SOAR will be closed in the event of emergency cancellation of TSC schools. When a two-hour delay has been called the AM and PM class will meet:

AM Class 9:30 – 11:45 AM
PM Class 12:45 – 3:00 PM

Local radio and television stations will provide the information for school closings. Parents and students may also register with Eventlink and/or cancellations.com to receive communications.

Middle Academy North

Middle Academy North

Battle Ground Middle School
6100 North, 50 West
West Lafayette, IN 47906

(765) 269-8140

Kim Johnson

Kim Johnson

Teacher


Program Information

The purpose of the Middle Academies is to assist students in achieving academic success in a small group setting and to continue to provide a positive and safe learning environment.

Program Objectives

  1. To provide students with academic and social opportunities for success.
  2. To foster and develop student independence and motivation.
  3. To develop and enhance verbal and written communication skills.
  4. To provide opportunities for the development of interpersonal skills.
  5. To provide alternatives for successful conflict resolution.

Description

The Tippecanoe School Corporation is providing the Middle School Academies as an alternative to the traditional classroom setting. The program is designed to meet the special needs of students from our six middle schools who can benefit from an alternative atmosphere to acquire school success. The academies provide the students with the opportunity to accelerate their learning and prepare for high school.

The Middle Academies create a supportive environment for students by involving parents, home school staff, and community members in the learning process.

The academies strive to promote academic achievement by providing instruction in study skills and remediation in basic skills as needed.

Students receive instruction and guidance in the skills needed to make appropriate decisions in the classroom and community, and they are expected to use these skills in their daily interactions in the classroom.

Attendance

All students are expected to comply with the Tippecanoe School Corporation attendance policy. A copy of that policy is included with this handbook.

If a student is ill, the illness must be reported to the academy staff by 8:00 AM on the morning of the illness. The academy phone numbers are included in this handbook.

Book Rental

Students will pay book rental at their home school. Students will also be issued an assignment notebook from their home school.

Curriculum

Student interests and needs will help determine the instructional strategies employed in the classroom, including independent study, cooperative learning, and peer tutoring. Curriculum at the academies includes Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Wellness presented with an interdisciplinary approach.

The Middle School academies seek to provide students with confidence in their abilities, self-discipline in their attendance and behavior, proficiency in study skills, and training in interpersonal skills. The number of students who demonstrate progress academically and behaviorally will measure the success of this program.

Dress Code

Appropriate dress and grooming shall be the responsibility of the student and parent(s). If a manner of dress, grooming and/or appearance is disruptive or presents a physical hazard, academy staff shall take necessary action to correct the situation. There shall be adequate coverage of the body. For example, muscle shirts, tank tops, tube tops, spandex shorts, and/or bare midriffs are prohibited. Dresses, skirts, or shorts must be of moderate length – at least to the fingertips when the arms are held comfortably at the sides. Clothing items (or wording/pictures on them) which, in the opinion of the academy staff, promote illegal activities or tend to disrupt the educational atmosphere are not permitted.

Pants must be worn at the waist level and may not drag the ground. Academy staff may request that the student wear a belt if the pants are too large to be worn appropriately without one.

Any clothing or article that promotes cigarette, drugs, and/or alcohol is prohibited.

Extra Curricular

Academy students may participate in social and athletic activities at their home schools (dependent upon the status of grades and behavior).

Grading Policy

Report cards will be issued four times during the school year, either by being sent home with the student or via US Mail.

Progress reports will be issued during the fifth week of each grading period. These reports will be mailed home via US Mail to any student receiving a grade of D or F in any subject area. These reports are to inform students and parent(s) of the status of each student so that any necessary adjustments can be made before the grading period ends.

Teachers using the following scale will evaluate students:
100 – 90A70 percent proficiency will be expected of all students in each subject area.
89 – 80B
79 – 70C
69 – 60D

Lunch

Student lunches are available for purchase at the cost of $1.95 per day. Assistance forms for those who qualify are available at the home school site.

Staff

Each academy has one teachers and one instructional assistant to maintain a low student/teacher ratio so that individual needs can be met. The academy staff also includes a counselor who will visit each building on a regular basis and provide guidance and support to staff, students, and parents. The guidance counselor may also incorporate a Life Skills program into his/her work with the students.

Students

The program serves a maximum of 15 students at each site. School principals, counselors, and teachers recommend students. The criteria for placement includes students who have not been successful in the traditional school setting as a result of poor attendance, poor achievement, or difficulty attending to daily school tasks. The academies are not punitive programs, and they are not designed for students with extreme behavior problems or learning disabilities. Parent and student at an intake interview sign contracts stating the program expectations with an academy teacher and the academy principal.

Students will attend the academy for a minimum of two nine-week periods. A conference will be held at the end of the assigned time with parent, student, teachers, and school principals to determine if the student would be best served by continuing at the academy, or if the student is ready to return to the home school.

Middle Academy students are expected to follow all policies outlined in the student's Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities pamphlet, a copy of which will be distributed to each student at the beginning of the school year. Students are also expected to adhere to the Student Contract for Enrollment included in this handbook. If a student is unable to fulfill the expectations stated in the contract or exhausts all opportunities for improvement as listed in the school policies, s/he will be subject to disciplinary measures including (but not limited to): detention before or after school, parent contact, in school suspension, out of school suspension, removal from the program and referral back to his/her home school, and/or expulsion. If a student is removed from the program or expelled, his/her education record (including attendance, behavior, discipline, and grades) will follow the student to his/her next school.

Supply List

Students are expected to have the following supplies when they are enrolled at the middle academy:

5 spiral notebooks3 glue sticks
Box of 24 colored pencilsBox of 24 crayons
Package of loose-leaf paperHighlighter
2 blue/black pensScissors
10 pencilsRuler
8 2-pocket foldersCalculator
Elmer's white gluePencil box or pouch
2 boxes of Kleenex

Transportation

If a student earns a detention, a parent/guardian will be contacted. The student will serve detention until 3:10 PM, and the parent/guardian will be responsible for picking up the student on time.

Without prior permission, students will not be allowed on home school premises during the school hours of the home school.

Homework Tips

The United States Department of Education (DOE) has some great resources. Check out the following links.

To find homework tips for parents under My Child's Academic Success click here. This section had information about general, reading and math homework tips. There is also information about No Child Left Behind.

In the Helping Your Child With Homework web page, parents can learn how to show their kids that homework is important, learn how to monitor assignments, and provide guidance. Click here to see more information.

For general information from the US DOE about helping your child succeed, learning how to support your kids, and answers to common questions about education click here.


Middle Academy South

Middle Academy South

Wea Ridge Middle School
4410 South, 150 East
Lafayette, IN 47909

(765) 471-2164

Lynn Bordenet

Lynn Bordenet

Teacher


Program Information

The purpose of the Middle Academies is to assist students in achieving academic success in a small group setting and to continue to provide a positive and safe learning environment.

Program Objectives

  1. To provide students with academic and social opportunities for success.
  2. To foster and develop student independence and motivation.
  3. To develop and enhance verbal and written communication skills.
  4. To provide opportunities for the development of interpersonal skills.
  5. To provide alternatives for successful conflict resolution.

Description

The Tippecanoe School Corporation is providing the Middle School Academies as an alternative to the traditional classroom setting. The program is designed to meet the special needs of students from our six middle schools who can benefit from an alternative atmosphere to acquire school success. The academies provide the students with the opportunity to accelerate their learning and prepare for high school.

The Middle Academies create a supportive environment for students by involving parents, home school staff, and community members in the learning process.

The academies strive to promote academic achievement by providing instruction in study skills and remediation in basic skills as needed.

Students receive instruction and guidance in the skills needed to make appropriate decisions in the classroom and community, and they are expected to use these skills in their daily interactions in the classroom.

Attendance

All students are expected to comply with the Tippecanoe School Corporation attendance policy. A copy of that policy is included with this handbook.

If a student is ill, the illness must be reported to the academy staff by 8:00 AM on the morning of the illness. The academy phone numbers are included in this handbook.

Book Rental

Students will pay book rental at their home school. Students will also be issued an assignment notebook from their home school.

Curriculum

Student interests and needs will help determine the instructional strategies employed in the classroom, including independent study, cooperative learning, and peer tutoring. Curriculum at the academies includes Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Wellness presented with an interdisciplinary approach.

The Middle School academies seek to provide students with confidence in their abilities, self-discipline in their attendance and behavior, proficiency in study skills, and training in interpersonal skills. The number of students who demonstrate progress academically and behaviorally will measure the success of this program.

Dress Code

Appropriate dress and grooming shall be the responsibility of the student and parent(s). If a manner of dress, grooming and/or appearance is disruptive or presents a physical hazard, academy staff shall take necessary action to correct the situation. There shall be adequate coverage of the body. For example, muscle shirts, tank tops, tube tops, spandex shorts, and/or bare midriffs are prohibited. Dresses, skirts, or shorts must be of moderate length – at least to the fingertips when the arms are held comfortably at the sides. Clothing items (or wording/pictures on them) which, in the opinion of the academy staff, promote illegal activities or tend to disrupt the educational atmosphere are not permitted.

Pants must be worn at the waist level and may not drag the ground. Academy staff may request that the student wear a belt if the pants are too large to be worn appropriately without one.

Any clothing or article that promotes cigarette, drugs, and/or alcohol is prohibited.

Extra Curricular

Academy students may participate in social and athletic activities at their home schools (dependent upon the status of grades and behavior).

Grading Policy

Report cards will be issued four times during the school year, either by being sent home with the student or via US Mail.

Progress reports will be issued during the fifth week of each grading period. These reports will be mailed home via US Mail to any student receiving a grade of D or F in any subject area. These reports are to inform students and parent(s) of the status of each student so that any necessary adjustments can be made before the grading period ends.

Teachers using the following scale will evaluate students:
100 – 90A70 percent proficiency will be expected of all students in each subject area.
89 – 80B
79 – 70C
69 – 60D

Lunch

Student lunches are available for purchase at the cost of $1.95 per day. Assistance forms for those who qualify are available at the home school site.

Staff

Each academy has one teachers and one instructional assistant to maintain a low student/teacher ratio so that individual needs can be met. The academy staff also includes a counselor who will visit each building on a regular basis and provide guidance and support to staff, students, and parents. The guidance counselor may also incorporate a Life Skills program into his/her work with the students.

Students

The program serves a maximum of 15 students at each site. School principals, counselors, and teachers recommend students. The criteria for placement includes students who have not been successful in the traditional school setting as a result of poor attendance, poor achievement, or difficulty attending to daily school tasks. The academies are not punitive programs, and they are not designed for students with extreme behavior problems or learning disabilities. Parent and student at an intake interview sign contracts stating the program expectations with an academy teacher and the academy principal.

Students will attend the academy for a minimum of two nine-week periods. A conference will be held at the end of the assigned time with parent, student, teachers, and school principals to determine if the student would be best served by continuing at the academy, or if the student is ready to return to the home school.

Middle Academy students are expected to follow all policies outlined in the student's Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities pamphlet, a copy of which will be distributed to each student at the beginning of the school year. Students are also expected to adhere to the Student Contract for Enrollment included in this handbook. If a student is unable to fulfill the expectations stated in the contract or exhausts all opportunities for improvement as listed in the school policies, s/he will be subject to disciplinary measures including (but not limited to): detention before or after school, parent contact, in school suspension, out of school suspension, removal from the program and referral back to his/her home school, and/or expulsion. If a student is removed from the program or expelled, his/her education record (including attendance, behavior, discipline, and grades) will follow the student to his/her next school.

Supply List

Students are expected to have the following supplies when they are enrolled at the middle academy:

5 spiral notebooks3 glue sticks
Box of 24 colored pencilsBox of 24 crayons
Package of loose-leaf paperHighlighter
2 blue/black pensScissors
10 pencilsRuler
8 2-pocket foldersCalculator
Elmer's white gluePencil box or pouch
2 boxes of Kleenex

Transportation

If a student earns a detention, a parent/guardian will be contacted. The student will serve detention until 3:10 PM, and the parent/guardian will be responsible for picking up the student on time.

Without prior permission, students will not be allowed on home school premises during the school hours of the home school.

Homework Tips

The United States Department of Education (DOE) has some great resources. Check out the following links.

To find homework tips for parents under My Child's Academic Success click here. This section had information about general, reading and math homework tips. There is also information about No Child Left Behind.

In the Helping Your Child With Homework web page, parents can learn how to show their kids that homework is important, learn how to monitor assignments, and provide guidance. Click here to see more information.

For general information from the US DOE about helping your child succeed, learning how to support your kids, and answers to common questions about education click here.


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