Southern Lakes Consortium Alternative High School is a competency and performance based program. To be successful students must complete a number of projects to develop and then demonstrate skills needed for everyday life. The abilities or skills the students will have to demonstrate consistently are called proficiencies. Students will, at the same time, achieve credits for the work they complete.
Subject Total Credits
Communication Arts (English) 4
Social Studies 3
Independent Study/Electives 3
Community Involvement 2
Credits can be achieved through projects, direct instruction, testing, and high school transcripts, correspondence and online courses; however, ½ credit of project work must be completed in each of the four core subjects (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies) to provide sufficient materials to design a graduation portfolio.
Service Learning Requirements:
All students are required to complete 40 hours of volunteer service learning. All services must be pre-approved by SLCAHS Staff and divided among at least two services. SLCAHS will do volunteer service learning as a school once a month. All students must perform service learning unless they have completed their required hours in which case they will stay at school to work on extra credit. If a student chooses not to attend school on a day of service learning, they will be counted absent.
Competency Test Requirements
A series of competency tests must be passed before graduation to help demonstrate students have mastered the proficiency skills and academic content in the following core subjects:
Math Literature and Arts
Social Studies Writing
Portfolio Assessment Requirements:
All students will compile examples of his or her best work that demonstrate mastery of the five graduation proficiencies (communication, problem solving, social interaction, valuing, and effective citizenship) in a portfolio and then present it to several external assessors.
Communication (writing, speaking, listening and reading) -- Students demonstrate the ability to discover facts and personal opinions through writing, speaking and reading. Students clearly express and organize ideas while using correct grammar, mechanics, and language.
Problem Solving -- Students synthesize information, show logical thinking processes, and draw conclusions based on facts and/or data to show personal insight and understanding of the assigned work.
Social Interaction -- Students must display a positive, respectful attitude toward other students while cooperating to accomplish the assigned task. All students must contribute equally to the process and preparation of the final product.
Valuing (respect and appreciation) -- Students display respect toward society, other cultures, the environment, and one's self through all work.
Effective Citizenship -- Students show effort and pride in work both at school and within the community. Students actively participate in the community for at least forty hours.
The portfolio must include:
- An autobiographical sketch
- A résumé and sample application letter
- Careers/Shadowing project
- Five projects, each demonstrating one of the proficiencies
- An explanation of each project
Presentation of the portfolio must include:
· detailed description of two projects from the portfolio, including audiovisual materials
· answering all questions asked by the portfolio assessors
The portfolio is expected to be of high quality. If students receive an unsatisfactory on their portfolio presentation, they will have one month or sufficient time as determined by staff to revise the portfolio and present it again in order to complete the requirements for graduation that year.
To be considered for graduation, students must meet all deadlines set by SLCAHS.
1)All required hours of community volunteer service must be completed before the scheduled portfolio review date.
2)All but ½ of the required credits must be completed the semester before graduation.
3)The major portfolio projects must be complete 8 weeks before the portfolio review.
4)The entire portfolio and presentation must be complete three weeks before the portfolio review.