Program Profile: Each school site has Guidance Counselors who provide individual, small group and classroom-wide support throughout the school year. There is a grade-level specific guidance curriculum that is delivered at various times in the school year. Information about the courses offered in the district and at each school site is located on the website. All students in the District will have access to a free, online college and career planning tool called Naviance. Students and parents can log in to find information about colleges, college majors, financial planning, and college life and career exploration.
COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTERS
Program Profile: Students and parents may check out college guides, videotapes and CDs; avail themselves of career resources; test registration and preparation materials; and other helpful information. Computers allow students to explore college and career choices online. SAT, SAT Subject, and ACT test registration forms are available as well as Financial Aid and scholarship information. College representatives from around the country speak with interested students. The Centers also offer occupational information and help students make post-high school plans. In collaboration with the Guidance Department, the Centers sponsor evening programs about college admissions and financial aid.
NORTH COUNTY REGIONAL OCCUPATIONAL PROGRAM
Program Profile: The North County Regional Occupational Program offers career-technical programs for students wishing to achieve success in career and college in a more hands-on environment. Some of these courses include Web Design, Automotive Technology, Engineering, Commercial Art and Graphic Design, and Culinary Careers. Students earn elective credit while gaining job training skills. For more information contact a guidance counselor at your school of attendance.
WORK EXPERIENCE EDUCATION
Program Profile: Students who are employed may choose to enroll in Work Experience with priority given to seniors whose graduation is at risk. Each campus has a staff member who coordinates the program. Throughout their time in the program, students develop and complete various components of a structured portfolio, which show the abilities, knowledge, and skills gained through Work Experience. Credit is granted on a semester basis and based on a combination of completion of related instruction, attendance at class meetings, employer/teacher evaluations, and hours of employment. Satisfactory attendance in school is a requirement for maintaining a work permit issued through the District. Student Profile: Primarily used as an elective option for seniors at risk for graduation. Students can earn up to 20 credits in an academic year through employment verification and completion of a portfolio documenting their experience.
AVID (CHS, FHS, HHS, MVHS)
Program and Student Profile: AVID is a program which prepares students to go to a four-year college. AVID is a four-year class that targets students in the academic middle — B, C, and even D students — who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but may be falling short of their potential. Typically, they will be the first in their families to attend college, and many are from low-income or minority families. The AVID curriculum is based on rigorous standards. It is driven by the WICR method, which stands for Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, and Reading. AVID students also learn a variety of skills such as organizational, study and critical thinking skills. The class includes guest speakers, field trips to colleges and universities and many other activities.
EXCEL (CHS, FHS, HHS, MVHS)
Program Profile: A credit recovery opportunity created to provide students with the opportunity to earn the amount of high school credits needed to graduate. A Guidance Counselor and/or AP determine admission to the program. The course(s) of focus are determined and the student, parent and EXCEL teacher sign a contract. Student Profile: Students requiring credit recovery to stay on time for graduation. Guidance counselors make class placements with priority to seniors.
Program and Student Profile: A class to support 11th and 12th grade students who have not passed either or both sections of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). In the class students are given extensive practice with questions from previous exams, and then appropriate support to address her/his individual needs. Curriculum may include state approved workbooks and web-based tutorials. Instruction is given for both the math and the English Language Arts sections of the exam.
Program and Student Profile: Teachers provide instruction to students who are medically excused from school due to a temporary but extended medical disability, which is projected to continue for a minimum of three weeks. Physician verification is required. Currently there are three environments in which home teaching occurs: in a student’s home (up to five hours per week); at a school site or through independent Individual Academic Support.
RESOURCE SPECIALIST PROGRAM
This program provides consultation and support to those students whose needs have been identified in an Individualized Education Plan and who participate in general education for the majority of their school day.
Program Profile: A credit recovery opportunity created to provide students with the opportunity to earn the amount of high school credits needed to graduate. The Lead Resource Specialist, in collaboration with the case manager, will determine admission to the program. Student Profile: Students requiring credit recovery to stay on time for graduation. Class placements are made with priority to seniors.
SPECIAL DAY CLASS
This program provides intensive instruction and services to pupils when the nature or severity of the disability precludes their participation in a general education class.
WorkAbility is designed to promote career awareness and exploration for special education students ages 16-22. The program provides students with opportunities for job shadowing, paid and non-paid work experience, and ongoing support and guidance. WorkAbility I is administered by the California Department of Education, Special Education Department.