Instructional Programs ::..
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SAFE AND DRUG-FREE SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES ACT ( SDFSCA)
As part of the “War on Drugs,” the School System has developed programs funded by Title IV SDFSCA that include education about drug abuse, prevention, intervention, and follow-up. Self-esteem, decision making, and refusal skills are promoted.
With the help of numerous community groups, a wide variety of programs is offered, such as “Just Say No,” “Project Charlie,” “Kids on the Block,” “Red Ribbon Week,” “Every Child A Winner,” peer facilitation, “Second Steps,” “Steps to Respect,” “Character Counts,” “Possible Selves,” and D.A.R.E.
Curriculum for grades Kindergarten through twelve is from the State Substance Abuse Prevention Education guide. Every student receives sixteen hours per year minimum instruction in grade Kindergarten through nine; eight hours in grades ten through twelve. Teachers receive one-hour inservice annually.
Saturday Detention serves as an alternative to out-of-school suspension for violation of school rules. During the hours of detention, students work to increase academic skills, engage in activities to improve self-concept, and address the discipline problem area.
SCHOOL BUILDING LEVEL COMMITTEE (SBLC)/ STUDENT ASSISTANCE TEAM (SAT)
These teams have been established in all schools to draw upon the expertise in the school to address specific problems of children. These teams are the appropriate resources to begin the process of identifying and addressing student academic, behavioral, communication, or other concerns and develop an intervention plan to help the student.
SCHOOL TO WORK/CAREER
School to Work/Career in St. Tammany addresses initiatives leading to post secondary education or immediate employment. Students participate in academies, career paths, internships, co-enrollment opportunities, and industry-based certification programs. They may earn articulated credit to post- secondary institutions in one or more career paths. Some of these paths include the following: Allied Heath, Communications, Culinary Arts, Technology, Engineering, Law and Order, the Arts, Ecology, Building Trades, Teaching, Agriculture, Military, Business, and others. Program success is based in large part on strong business partnerships.
SECOND CHANCE STUDY ALTERNATIVE TO SUSPENSION
The Study Center provides an alternative to suspension that keeps students in school but isolates them from peers. While in the Study Center, students get credit for attendance and classroom assignments. A counselor meets daily with the students assigned to the Study Center.
SECONDARY SUMMER SCHOOL
Summer school for grades nine through twelve is held each year to allow students to earn Carnegie credit in order to graduate in four years, to remove a deficiency, or to improve grade point average by repeating a previously taken course. The student must have written authorization from the high school principal to attend summer school if Carnegie credit is to be awarded.
The 504 program provides modifications, accommodations, and interventions to eligible students who have been identified with learning difficulties. Qualification for the program is based on referral to the School Building Level Committee (SBLC) and evaluation. When a student is identified as eligible, an Individual Program Plan is written for the student by a committee that includes a teacher, the principal, and the school’s 504 coordinator.
This locally adopted curriculum was developed by local educators and reviewed by a parental review committee. Sex Education is taught, with parental permission, in the seventh grade life science curriculum and in the biology curriculum at high schools.
SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS/
COUNCIL ON ACCREDITATION AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT (SACS/CASI)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS/CASI) is a regional accrediting body. All public schools in St. Tammany Parish are accredited as well as the district itself. Membership in SACS/CASI confers recognition to high-quality institutions and encourages improvement through a continuous, systematic method of evaluation.
Accreditation involves the application of standards and the implementation of a district and school improvement process, through self-study and quality assurance review for all levels of education. The St. Tammany Parish Public School System received district accreditation in 2005.
STARS is a locally developed alternative program within regular education that serves as a safety net for at-risk youth entering the second grade. In a self-contained, fifteen-student setting, learning experiences will be designed to address targeted literacy and numeracy skills for each student.
SUMMER ARTS PROGRAM
This series of one- and two-week art camps is conducted in several schools during the month of June. The goal of the program is to give students the opportunity to gain additional experiences in the arts. Classes in art, dance, drama, and keyboard are offered to students in grades K through six.
SUMMER BAND PROGRAM
Sessions are offered at no cost to band students entering fifth through twelfth grade. The program instructors are the seven high school band directors. The Summer Band program concludes with a high school band camp for students in grades nine through twelve.