Central Davie Academy will offer an intervention program for students with repeated disruptive behaviors that need more time at an alternative placement than a short term suspension will allow. Students will enter this program in one of three ways:
Students that move into the Davie County School District that were in an alternative school program just prior to their move, will be expected to complete a fifteen day assessment period at Central Davie Academy. This will allow the faculty to assess the student’s readiness to transition into a traditional school environment or continue to serve the student’s academic and behavioral needs until readiness to transition is determined. Second, middle school and high school students will be referred to the forty-five day intervention program for repeated disruptive behavior at their home school. A district referral committee will assess the appropriateness of the student referral and review the interventions tried and the student’s discipline profile.
High School Intervention
JJ Rice and Susan Mademann
Middle School Intervention
Sharon Deal, Angie Bowles and Shelly Degli-Angeli
If deemed appropriate, a student intake meeting will be scheduled as soon as placement availability allows. Students and parents will be expected to review and sign a contract of commitment to the intervention program that outlines the policies and expectations. All students in the intervention program will complete a personalized education plan with the counselor that identifies their academic and behavioral goals during alternative school placement. Students will be expected to show academic, behavioral, and attendance growth during their intervention in order to transition back to their home school. Prior to transitioning, students will be asked to identify a staff member at their home school to be their school mentor and a mentor referral letter will be sent to that person. High school transitions will consider grading periods and semester changes to best meet the academic needs of the student. Lastly, students that violate major school policies could be administratively placed at Central Davie Academy for up to 365 calendar days, depending on the severity of the offense.
Each intervention classroom will be equipped with sixteen student computers and access to a computerized curriculum through GradPoint, or similar software program. Each classroom will have two full time teachers, a shared teaching assistant and will maintain fifteen or fewer students. The model of instruction will look different than the traditional model since students will utilize computerized curriculum programs and work in small groups on a daily basis. Teachers will incorporate the teaching of social competencies and character education throughout the regular academic courses. When a behavioral or emotional issue arises in the class, the teacher may break away from their lesson plan and engage the class in a small group discussion to resolve the conflict. The smaller class sizes and higher staff to student ratio will enable students to receive individual attention on a daily basis.