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 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.

BEHAVIORAL

To Provide...

  • 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.

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL

To ...

  • 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.

PARENT

To ...

  • 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.

COMMUNITY

To ...

  • 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.

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