Various programs are in place in our school system to meet the individual needs of student populations. To close the achievement gaps, we have resource teachers and activities for those who may have a disability, a language barrier or an academic need that makes a child at-risk. On the other end of the spectrum, we offer Talented And Gifted resource teachers and activities for those who may be identified as excelling in a specific area. Overall needs of a child that may be hindering his/her development in school can also be referred to the resource centers, guidance counselors or student assistance programs. Do not hesitate to ask for help or guidance to find the right program for your child to be successful.
Preschool serves three groups of children:
- Children who are four years old by October 1 and whose family qualifies for the federal free lunch program may apply.
- Four-year-old children with developmental delays, which may include speech and language hearing, motor skills, vision or cognitive delays are eligible for services.
- Also three-year-olds who have a disability may apply.
Services are provided three hours a day, four days a week at the Elementary Schools listed above. A screening for Preschool children is held each spring with appointments made by calling 647-0210.
The children are involved in arts programs, music, and other instructional activities. Barriers to learning and increasing parental knowledge and involvement are coordinated through the Preschool Family Resource Center.
Education Center @ Cropper specializes in assisting students whose behavior and/or learning needs cannot be met in the regular setting. The program seeks to prevent pre-delinquent behavior, delinquency, or institutionalization by offering students counseling, interpersonal and emotional skill building within structured group settings, work study, and individualized classroom instruction. One program in place that has been critical in the success of the students is Discovery. Since implementing the program in August 2000, students have made noticeable progress, earning better grades, increasing test scores, and, most importantly, learning and using the Discovery skills that will help them become more successful in life. Students also attend credit recovery classes and/or intervention courses to get back on track academically.
ESL - English Second Language: Consulting teachers as well as qualified paraeducators meet the needs of students whose primary language may be Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, etc. The assistance is provided, for the most part, in the regular classroom so the student(s) stay engaged in the learning process.
ESS - Extended School Services
FRYSC - Family Resource Youth Service Centers: The intent of the Family Resource & Youth Service Centers is to enhance students’ abilities to succeed in school by assisting children, youth and families in meeting some basic needs. This is done by providing services at the center or by linking families to community agencies. The centers are referred to by their acronym FRYSC, pronounced FRISKY. The centers are open year-round, even on days when school is out. Family Resource Center’s major components include referral to providers of agencies for health services, child care, family training, and parent-child education.
Youth Service Centers have similar referrals as the Preschool and Elementary centers but also go further in working with youth on employment counseling, training and placement for youth; summer and part-time job development; substance abuse services or referrals; family crisis; and mental health services or referrals.
Title I: Each elementary school in the District provides a Title I schoolwide program specifically designed to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high quality education and reach, at minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments. Title I funds support academic achievement in core subject areas through high quality instruction, comprehensive reform strategies and methods that are based on the use of scientifically based research, strategies to improve teacher quality and professional development, and consolidated use of funds.
Schoolwide Title I programs serve all children in the school. All staff, resources and classes are part of the overall schoolwide program.
Drug and Alcohol Advisors: The Student Assistance Program is designed to address high risk behaviors and promote student success in school. It consists of prevention, intervention, referral and support for students and parents experiencing mental health concerns such as stress, anger, relationship difficulties and alcohol/drug issues. Establishing a safe school environment conducive to learning is a primary goal of this program.
Details and contact information for these programs are elsewhere on the website.