Most of the first week of school involves orienting the students to the day-to-day operations and the culture we intend to create. This includes Set-the-Week, Start-the-Day and End-the-Day routines, Code of Conduct, etc.
Students, with the help of their advisor and in consultation with their parents, create an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) stating goals for the year.
Parents/Relatives/Friends are encouraged to provide Community Offerings throughout the year where they share any special knowledge, skills or talents with the students. Based on the interests of the students, we may solicit specific offerings as well.
At the beginning of each Block (time period between Presentation Nights – usually 6-8 weeks), the students develop Mutually Agreeable Plans (MAPs) outlining their course of study for the Block.
Fridays of each week are more of a community day (which is why all students are encouraged to attend on Friday) and includes the following activities:
- Students update their online blogs, highlighting their work for the week
- Student-run Change-up meetings are held to initiate, implement, and evaluate issues or problems that affect the school community
- Students have dedicated time to work on group projects and prepare for Presentation Night
- Field trips or Community Service outings
Students meet 1-on-1 with their advisor at least once every two weeks to see how they are progressing on their goals and to address any concerns.
Presentation Nights occur at the end of each Block. Students present 1 topic representative of their work for the Block. This is also a time for group presentations and performances.
Parent Community meetings are held periodically to solicit feedback on how the school is doing and address any concerns, as well as a time to visit with other families.
Parents are welcome to join us at the school at any time. They are also encouraged to visit with the staff after school at pick-up time. Parent-teacher conferences can be requested at any time; planned conferences are scheduled for October and March time-frames.
Students create transcripts and maintain a portfolio of their work, with transcripts presented at mid-year and end-of-year.