Program of Choice - Inspiring and Creating Pathways for Student Success
Westmoreland Academy will provide a program of choice that’s designed to address the educational needs of students that are high risk of becoming a dropout. Westmoreland Academy has two educational components, the first is a competency based high school diploma program where students receive individualized learning through the use of online self-paced curriculum. Students will apply through an application process. Applicants must be 17 years of age to be considered for this program. Once accepted all students will have a graduation contract developed that will outline their path to graduation. All students must sign the agreement to indicates that all rules and stipulations outlined in the contract will be followed. The contract is the student's educational plan that contains goals and time lines as to when the student expects to complete the program and receive his or her high school diploma. Westmoreland Academy Program of Choice school year has four semesters, each being nine weeks long. School hours will be from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Program of Choice
Students who attend Westmoreland Academy program of choice will officially transfer from the home campus and should be aware of the following specifications as they consider the Westmoreland Academy program of choice option:
- Students who are selected and choose to enroll at Westmoreland will remain at Westmoreland Academy until completion of their credits and state testing requirements.
- Students may not choose to return to the high school once they enroll unless they have met the contract requirements developed between the home campus and and WA staff.
- Contract requirements will include remaining at WA for a minimum of one semester, earning credits, exceptional attendance, appropriate work ethic and behavior.
- Westmoreland Academy program of choice offers courses required for graduation. A graduation plan will be developed at time of entry into Westmoreland Academy.
- The student must be between the ages of 17 to 21.
- The student is currently enrolled in HHS and is at risk of not graduating with his/her class.
- The student has dropped out of school one or more semesters.
- The student has earned at least 10 high school credits.
- Student who have not met STAAR assessment requirements will be assigned PBL classes (Project Based Learning) in the areas not met. These students are only accepted in August and possibly in January. PBL students will be required to attend WA all day until contract requirements are met.
- Students who have met all state assessment requirements, but has a credit deficit will be eligible for accelerated instructions. These students will be accepted throughout the school year based on available seats. These Students will be required to attend a minimum of 4 hours per day.
Location and Cost
- Westmoreland Academy 1010 7th Street
- Tuition is free during school year.
- Submit a copy of transcript from home campus with application.
- Westmoreland Academy staff will review applications, transcript and EOC scores.
- Westmoreland Academy staff will notify student of acceptance.
- An orientation session will be scheduled with student and parent(s) at which time student and parent(s) will sign commitment to abide by program requirements.
- Student will withdraw from home campus after orientation.
Even though Westmoreland Academy Program of choice is a self-paced individualized program, each student will be expected complete a minimum of two credits per semester (pro-rated upon original entry date) Each student must be enrolled in a minimum of two subjects at all times.
Upon entry, each student will develop a graduation plan outlining the courses that must be completed and will set a target date for graduation. Credits previously completed will count towards graduation from Westmoreland Academy.
After completion of all required credits, a credit check will be done by Westmoreland staff. This will be sent to HHS campus registrar notifying them that credits are complete and all records (including textbooks, chromebooks, etc.) are clear. Credits are then recorded on the official transcript and a diploma is issued by HHS.
Failure to meet minimum productivity, attendance and behavior requirements will be referred to the counselor for discussion of viable and realistic academic options. This may result in a recommendation for removal from Westmoreland Program of Choice.
A student may not be given credit for a class unless the student is in attendance for at least 90% of the days the class is offered. All attendance policies and rules are provided from date of entry.
Daily attendance is required. A student must be in attendance for a minimum of four consecutive hours every day. Notification of excessive absences will be made to the parent(s) at the end of the three days. A conference will be scheduled with the student and parent(s) if more than five absences occur. During this conference, recommendations will be made to determine the student's status in the Westmoreland Academy Program of choice.
Westmoreland Academy will utilize innovative teaching strategies
- Modified Block Scheduling/Team Teaching
- Provide varied and innovative teaching strategies for experiential learning (Huntsville Engage Learning Model)
- Allow frequent student and teacher interaction
- Use structured multiple teaching style that matches students learning style
- Encourage teacher networking to enhance teaching strategies and available resources
- Include instruction through innovative useable technology and appropriate software (example: Edgenuity)
- Use interdisciplinary approaches
- Use appropriate equipment - video, audio, still camera
- Use varied multiple assessments
The second component is a Discipline Alternative Education Program where students are assigned for violating the student code of conduct or certain criminal offenses specified in Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Code.
Westmoreland Academy curriculum is developed in response to the needs of the student population:
- Include a balance between mandated curriculum and special needs of the students.
- Focus on social skills development
- Restorative Discipline
- Establish Individual Behavioral and Counseling Plans
- Include career awareness and exploration
Westmoreland Academy will provide appropriate assessment and support services:
- Conduct initial student assessment associated with social and emotional needs
- Include individual and group counseling components
- Integrate conflict resolution into all aspects of the program
- Include tutoring and mentoring components
Westmoreland Academy will provide an environment that is conducive to learning:
- Have a safe, clean, and orderly facility
- Be designed to facilitate teamwork
- Have adequate space for low teacher - student ratio, 15:1 with a teaching assistant.
- Have excited energetic, competent staff that supports youth empowerment.
- Shift the focus ….. From constant rule enforcement to academic progress.
Westmoreland Academy (DAEP) has three integral parts Transition, Academic and Discipline that serve as the foundation for both components of the program.
- Transition - Westmoreland Academy will have an effective transition process for students entering and exiting the program:
- Provide student to parent orientation that consists of rapport building assessment, goal setting and development of individual student profile, designed to orient students to alternative school setting.
- Develop specific individualized long range plan for each student as the first and last stop of the transition process.
- Establish a team composed of representatives from the home school, the alternative and the parents to review referrals on transition readiness.
- Provide transition counseling and other services in regular schools to assist students as they adjust to the emotional and social effects of re-entering regular campus/graduation.
- Academic - All teachers in the Westmoreland Academy shall be trained in special education, reading remediation, behavior management strategies and counseling skills:
- Small Classrooms (15:1 student/teacher ratio) that creates a community atmosphere of courtesy and respect.
- Staffed by highly trained teachers who maintain clearly defined behavioral and academic expectations.
- Focus on student needs, interests,and abilities adapting the curriculum to their clientele.
- Provide academic support through individualized programs, tutoring and instruction technology.
- Maintain ongoing communication with regular schools should issues important to meeting student needs.
- Test of students basic reading and math skills at the beginning and end of placement 90 days or more (DAEP students only)
- Discipline - Review why student was placed, counseling schedule:
- Restorative Discipline: Fostering healthy relationships and promoting positive discipline in school.
Students may earn Bonus Days for early release.
- A student may receive one (1) bonus Day for every one (1) day they receive their full day on their daily evaluation. If the assignment is 30 school days, a student may be released after 15 days provided they received 100% on their daily evaluation all 15 days.
- The student must have their academic assignments complete through their last day in attendance at Westmoreland Academy (DAEP) before Bonus days can be utilized. Failure to complete their academic assignments will result in the student remaining at Westmoreland until the assignments are completed, or they have been in physical attendance the assigned number of days.
- Bonus Days may be revoked as a consequence for violations of HISD Student Code of Conduct and unacceptable behaviors.