“WE ARE RISERS”
What Type of Student Attends Passages?
A Passages student is a 9-12th grader who attends a Canton City Collaborative Program. They
typically struggle to succeed in a “traditional” classroom setting. Often, the student has identified and
well-documented behavior and learning issues. Passages is a highly structured program, with multiple
alternative interventions, and a student-centered curriculum provided by a trained support staff. We offer an
environment for students to improve their behavior in an effort to integrate back into their home school.
Is Your Student a Passages Student?
Below are criteria that our staff requires before admitting a student into Passages.
● Students who attend Passages need to have completed the proper expulsionary processes,
interventions, and support channels before being admitted.
● The student has well-documented disciplinary history and attempted restorative interventions.
This excludes one-time major offenses (bomb threats, weapons, drugs, etc.)
● Students who are 17 or older and credit deficient with limited or zero chance of catching up
within our program’s school year are not an appropriate placement in Passages.
● Passages is a short term placement. Students may attend anywhere from 1-4 grading periods
and cannot attend a semester they have already attended.
● It is highly recommended that freshman complete their first year at their homeschool. Research
shows freshmen should try to acclimate to the high school setting and go through proper
interventions before abandoning a standard academic setting.
● Students with handicapping conditions will have their placement determined by the IEP team.
What does a Passages Student Need Before they are Enrolled?
Staff and Students will need a complete intake form, including information of:
● Set goals for intervention, improvement, and return to home school.
● History of prior interventions for staff to review for program intervention plan.
● Current grades and credit information.
● Known personal, gang, or social conflicts.
● Specific event resulting in their recommendation for Passages.
● Timeframe for student return.
● Parental contact information (email, phone number, address).
Does Your Student Return to Your School?
The primary goal at Passages is to teach students new social, emotional, and academic skills to
reintegrate successfully back into their home school. Students can achieve this goal by meeting predetermined
documented personal goals including, but not limited to, attendance, academics, and positive social
interactions with their peers and adults. These goals should be based on the behavior that resulted in the
student joining Passages that their home school would like to be addressed.
Recordable Data Points
● Identified behavior incidents
● Achievement of program set goals
● Academic performance
● Adherence to program structure and transitions (clipboard marks)
● Meeting notes on intake and milestone events with parents
What has worked in the past
● Student contracts
○ Students would make contracts and agreements with teachers and staff about behavior and
academics in an effort to hold the them accountable for their actions.
● Student return celebration
○ Students would be given small graduation.
○ Barbecues, Cookoffs, Thanksgiving, Christmas Breakfast, Dodgeball, Kickball.
● Tardy policy
○ Students must be brought to school by parent or guardian if they had excessive tardies (5 in a 9-week period).
● Community projects and aide. Students would paint, clean parks, and help community outreaches.
(Southeast Neighborhood Association)
● Programs staying within their designated areas to avoid mixing.
● Consistent disciplinary guidelines that are properly enforced.
● Clear suspension guidelines.
● Half Day schedules.
● Targeting specific behaviors.
● Four disciplinary marks in a day results in being sent home.
What hasn’t worked in the past:
● Zero consequences for repeat actions.
● Student sitting out class for disruption and returning to next class.
● Students remaining in program after improvement and meeting criteria to return.
● Being told when they can return at a certain time and then not returning.
● Twilight detentions
What We Want to Try
● Parental and community involvement.
● Field Trips
● Possible sports team separate from McKinley. Compton Leopard Track
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