District Alternative Schools Convene to Share Solutions

Alternative education programs in Pima county represent a crucial component in the strategy to retain and re-engage young people in an educational pathway leading to a secondary credential. To bolster high school graduation outcomes for these students, three alternative high schools are working with C2C on site-based improvement projects

Hearing many challenges common to each, we reached out to other educational leaders developing alternative options for students in need of an opportunity to get back on track after falling behind in credits, re-enrolling in school, or simply finding that conventional high schools were not the right fit for their style of learning. Given the thousands of students in need of such opportunities, and the number of leaders working to provide alternative options, C2C hosted a convening of alternative school faculty, staff, and administrators to discuss shared solutions to common barriers. This week, leaders from STAR Academic High School (Sunnyside Unified School District), Sentinel Peak (Flowing Wells Unified School District), MCAT (Marana Unified School District), Teenage Parent High School and Project MORE (Tucson Unified School District) met to begin sharing their work with peers. The discussions were deep and meaningful, leading members to commit to meet quarterly on ways to discuss best practices and develop shared outcome measures. Alone, each school has accomplished much in a challenging environment. Together, we look forward to seeing how those efforts are amplified in this new burgeoning change network of C2C to ensure that every student in our community is provided an opportunity to graduate high school in a setting most conducive to their success.

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