Dr. Terry L. Truvillion
Ms. Jerrilene Antone-Morton
Prevention & Behavioral Specialist
Meghann Sherman, NCC, LAC
Individual and group counseling is available to students at the Higley Learning Center with parental consent. The goal of this aspect of the program is to assist students in developing the skills necessary to succeed in school and make positive decisions both in and out of the classroom.
Our vision at the Higley Learning Center is to provide an alternative to the traditional high school setting so that ALL students can reach their potential, in order to achieve their high school goals.
Higley Learning Center (HLC) utilizes a four or six period day depending on the credit recovery needs of the student. A schedule is determined at the intake meeting with the Administrator of Alternative Programming before starting in the HLC.
In addition to being able to earn the same credit in a non-traditional alternative setting, students can also earn additional credits toward their high school diploma. Credit recovery is an option in HLC's computer based classes. Students can make up credits they are missing, or get to graduation faster if they are on track.
The Higley Learning Center is a non-traditional educational opportunity for students who need a non-traditional path to graduate from high school. This program serves the students of both Higley High School and Williams Field High School. Students remain enrolled at their home school while attending classes at the HLC. The program features a low student/teacher ratio and students are granted more control over their learning decisions and are expected to take ownership of their school experience. The highly qualified staff assist students in developing their own learning plan, taking into consideration the students' interests, academic needs, abilities, and expected graduation date.
In an effort to provide a variety of opportunities for Higley Learning Center students to be successful, the Higley Learning Center offers a comprehensive menu of courses that meet District graduation requirements. The majority of courses found in the Higley Unified School District High School course catalog can be taken in the Edgenuity online program. In addition, the Edgenuity content also offers a large variety of elective courses. Students can also receive credit for having a job and providing proof of work-based learning.
General Program Philosophy
The Higley Learning Center was created to provide an alternative educational opportunity to the secondary students of the Higley Unified School District #60. Since it is a voluntary program, membership is a privilege, and the students are expected to meet high expectations of conduct to achieve their individual goals. In addition, regular attendance is mandatory, and not meeting compulsory attendance requirements will result in dismissal from the program. Students in this program are responsible for being at school and maintaining a safe, healthy, and respectful environment conducive to learning. They are expected to do their best and show consistent effort and responsibility toward gaining a high school diploma. As they become adjusted and prove successful in the Alternative Education Program,students may be involved in developing their own community care team, which will serve as a support for them as they transition into the adult world.
All HLC students will be provided access to the online copy of the Higley/Williams Field High School Student / Parent Handbook, which lists and explains all of the important policies, procedures, expectations, and rules of the high school.
Again, the expectation is that students who have been accepted into the program are truly motivated to graduate from high school and are committed to taking the steps necessary to do so. Failure to follow the expectations in the Student / Parent Handbook and/or failure to comply with the contract created as a component of the Alternative Education Program are signs that students are not serious about their commitment;therefore, those students will be dismissed from the program.
After a student has been accepted into Higley Learning Center, an initial learning plan will be developed unless another individual plan exists. (For example, if the student is in the Special Education Program and has an active IEP, the IEP will reference the HLC learning plan.) The learning plan and subsequent variations of the plan are contracts to which all parties must commit. The following procedures will be used to create the initial learning plan:
· Review the high school transcript for completed coursework and credits earned.
· Determine the student's skills through a file review.
· Discuss with the licensed teacher,school counselor, student, parent, and other involved parties the student's current academic standing, personal interests, and career aspirations.
· Determine academic coursework plan based upon the above information.