The Focus program serves students in 9-10th grades, utilizing a modified four-class block schedule. Students receive 55 percent more instructional time in math and English with an emphasis on literacy in all classes. Class sizes average 20 students per teacher and each Focus group is assigned a counselor.
For more information, please contact your school counselor.
The day’s four-class schedule includes an 85-minute block for English, 85 minutes for math, 85 minutes for science/social studies (social science one semester and lab science the next) and the fourth block split between an advisory study skills class and an elective (fine arts, computer class, etc.) with the rest of the school. The skills class will concentrate on important practical tasks such as tips for note-taking, test-taking, study habits, decision-making, etc. The Union Alternative School also offers the program.
The primary objective of the Focus program is to create an environment where students are provided with the necessary support so they can experience academic success and have the necessary skills to proceed academically. Students are identified based on their grades and test scores in Math and Reading, and their overall attendance record. The Focus program was developed utilizing key components from various school intervention/implementation models including characteristics of the ‘school within a school’ strategy, block scheduling, literacy strategies, development of social capital, and reduced class sizes.
How can parents help?
- Become actively involved in your child’s education.
- Make sure your child is in school every single day.
- Emphasize the importance of classroom achievement.
- Make school and graduating a priority over other activities.
- Talk to your child about his/her class work daily.
- Communicate with your child’s teachers.
- If you can keep your children in the same school over a long period of time, research shows they do better academically.
What Can Students Do?
- Commit to succeed.
- Attend school every single day.
- Take these exams seriously by working hard in class throughout the year.
- Make school and graduation a priority.
- Communicate with your teachers.
- Ask for help, if you need it.
- Take the most challenging courses that you can handle.
- Complete homework and all assignments regularly.