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.
To Provide ...
- every student the opportunity to participate in engaging, relevant and rigorous learning experiences aligned to District curriculum, standards and expectations.
- an educational program designed to meet the student’s individual graduation plan...
- 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.
- whereby the student can perform at or above grade level.
- every student the opportunity to progress toward his/her academic and career goals.
- positive behavior interventions and strategic intervention practices aimed to reduce, prevent and improve harmful behavior.
- opportunities for student’s understanding regarding the impact of behavior on others.
- address behavior through a research-based level system that encourages the development of the following within each student:
- to accept responsibility for his/her actions and make the appropriate changes.
- to improve decision-making and problem-solving skills.
- to establish patterns of self-discipline.
- to demonstrate acceptable and appropriate social behaviors.
- sufficient changes in behavior and/or attitude to enable student to return to home campus and adapt successfully.
- provide counseling and guidance for students, individually and in groups, discovering and addressing the root cause of placed behavior.
- improve student’s ability to benefit from the educational programming by addressing current obstacles to their learning.
- encourage and assist each student to ...
- examine his/her attitude and/or behavior and strive toward its improvement.
- improve problem-solving and decision-making skills.
- set goals, both academic and personal.
- build/rebuild a positive self-concept, positive values and a respect for oneself and others.
- restore and strengthen interpersonal relationships.
- recognize his/her value to society and potential to become a contributing member.
- adapt to a changing environment.
- partner with parents/guardians in the growth and development of their student serving a placement by:
- providing ongoing feedback on student’s academic and behavioral progress.
- Home Access Center
- Google Classrooms
- Open Communication—phone, email and/or in person
- act as a resource in directing and connecting parents/families toward community agencies which can provide appropriate, outside assistance when needed.
- lower the drop-out rate.
- provide a multidimensional program with targeted supports for students who otherwise would be unsupervised in the community during the school day.
- instill a desire in each student to be a productive, contributing member of society.
- provide opportunities for service-learning experiences.
- involve community businesses as partners in education.