Students’ schedules at SLCAHS are designed for students to earn credits three ways:
direct instruction, group projects, and independent projects.
Students earn points by completing assignments in Math, English, Science, and Social Studies. Students must earn 70% of the points possible to earn ¼ credit in their class. Students who have missing work or are behind in class work will be given the opportunity or may be assigned to get extra help before or after school. Students may also make up work at home before the end of the quarter deadline. It is the student’s responsibility to contact his/her teachers about missing work.
Students work on a project whose topic has been chosen by the teacher; however, students are given choices within that topic. Students earn ¼ credit by completing the project before the end of the quarter. If a student needs extra help completing a project by the deadline, staff is available before and after school to work with students as needed. It is the student’s responsibility to contact his/her teachers.
Students may choose a project from a list provided or create one of their own. Students meet with teachers before they start the project to determine the amount of credit and subject(s) the credit will be applied to. Students work at home or during their free time at school and at their own pace to complete the project.
SLCAHS students do not earn traditional grades. Evaluations are in the form of written and verbal feedback. At the end of each quarter, a Credit report will be distributed at parent teacher conferences. At the end of each semester, parents will also receive a credit transcript that reflects the number of credits each student has received to date. Copies of all reports and credit transcripts are also forwarded to home schools.
Each high school has collaborated with the program and endorses the SLCAHS; therefore, an alternative high school diploma will be issued by the Southern Lakes Alternative High School. An example can be seen in Appendix E.