The Pupil Services Department provides a wide variety of professional support services including highly qualified special education, mental health, and student intervention staff. Department decisions are data-driven and student-focused. Department philosophy and vision align to the Springs Charter Schools vision of empowerment that allows parents and students to have an active role in developing an educational model that is personalized to the student’s interests and strengths. Departmental policies and procedures adhere to legal compliance and educationally sound best practices. Pupil Services staff members seek to engage the student and support the parent in achieving academic, social, emotional, and behavioral success through an individualized approach to supporting each student to achieve their highest potential.
The guidance department maintains that the education and development of student potential is vested in the individual, family, school, and community and is therefore committed to a collaborative process that is inclusive of all stakeholders.
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Departmental functions include:
- Professional counseling & support services
- New student enrollment and program placement
- RTI (Response to Intervention) services including: RTI, speech referrals and 504 Plans
Guidance staff is committed to the following student-related services:
- Student advocacy and assistance toward independence and responsibility in action
- Participate as an integral part of the school in addressing the complex issues that students are confronted with in today’s society
- Early identification and advisement for college-bound students
- Crisis intervention – Response, staff development, written school policies & processes
- Coordination of student services with all departments (Special Education, Student Records, Instruction and Curriculum, Discipline, etc.)
- Develop systematic academic advisement policies and practices to insure that all high school students are placed in courses appropriate to meeting both Springs Charter Schools graduation requirements, enrollment policies and student post-graduation goals
- Develop increased understanding in the educational community of students’ social, emotional and developmental needs and proven strategies for responding to all students
- Foster the belief that every individual is capable of learning and deserving of respect
- Support the belief that education must prepare students to live and work in a complex and ever-changing global society
- To foster reflection, re-evaluation, and openness to change as key elements toward program and individual improvement
- Develop four year academic plans for all Springs Charter Schools programs
- Develop individualized four year academic plans for all high school students
- Provide staff development and training to all high school staff, teachers and directors
- Collaborate with all program directors on course advisement issues and scheduling
- Provide advisement for parents and students ongoing development of the student’s four year academic plan