Philosophy & Goals

In keeping with the philosophy of Cypress-Fairbanks I.S.D., the philosophy of the Alternative Learning Center/Secondary Alternative Center staff is to work systematically as a team to provide an instructional and behavioral program designed to meet the individual needs and abilities of each student placed at the Alternative Learning Center (ALC)/Secondary Alternative Center (SAC). This learning environment will promote the development of independent, responsible, contributing members of our society.

ACADEMIC

To Provide ...

  • every student with a stable, equal learning environment through a structured, consistent system of discipline.
  • every teacher with an adequate teaching environment and the professional training opportunities and support to carry out their responsibilities properly.
  • an educational program ...
    • in the required subjects implementing the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills of each course of study.
    • adapted to the student's individual learning style that will develop each student's personal knowledge, skills and competencies to the maximum level.
    • whereby the student can experience more immediate academic success ultimately raising self-esteem

BEHAVIORAL

To ...

  • follow a written behavior management plan that brings philosophy, policy and training into meaningful focus.
  • modify behavior through the use of a structured, consistent level system that encourages the student to accept responsibility for his/her actions and make the appropriate changes.
  • develop within each student ...
    • appropriate decision-making and problem-solving skills.
    • acceptable and appropriate social behaviors.
    • sufficient changes in behavior and/or attitude to enable student to return to home campus and adapt successfully

GUIDANCE

To ...

  • provide intensive counseling and guidance for students with behavior modification as the primary focus, both individually and in groups.
  • improve students ability to benefit from the educational programming by addressing current obstacles to their learning.
  • encourage and assist student to ...
    • examine his/her attitude and/or behavior and strive toward its improvement.
    • increase problem-solving and decision-making skills.
    • set goals, both academic and personal.
    • establish patterns of self-discipline.
    • build/rebuild a positive self-concept, positive values and a respect for oneself and others.
    • strengthen interpersonal relationships.
    • recognize his/her value to society and potential to become a contributing member.
    • adapt to a changing environment.

PARENT

To ...

  • increase communication between parent and the school.
  • provide counseling and guidance to parents which might produce a support system for the student.
  • act as a resource in directing parents toward community agencies which can provide appropriate outside assistance when needed.

COMMUNITY

To ...

  • lower the drop-out rate.
  • provide a school placement for students who otherwise would be unsupervised in the community during the school day.
  • create a desire in the student to be a productive contributing member of society.
  • provide opportunities for service learning experiences.
  • involve community businesses as Partners in Education.

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