What is Alternative Education?
Alternative Education provides students with options outside of the traditional education program. In Twin Rivers, we have 3 alternative education programs, Vista Nueva High School, Pacific High School, and Keema High School. These programs provide smaller settings for students, and opportunities to earn credits at an accelerated rate, through innovative programming.
What students and grade levels are served?
All students are eligible for alternative education in grades 7 – 12. Students enter into the program for a variety of reasons. They may need to make up credits for graduation, may be involved in unique activities like rodeo or gymnastics that prohibit them from attending a regular school program, or may flourish in a smaller setting.
Why is Twin Rivers redesigning its Alternative Education program?
The Twin Rivers Unified School District is regularly evaluating all programs, and analyzing ways to improve. This process is called the Cycle of Continuous Improvement, and involves planning, action, data analysis, and reflection to seek what is working and what should be improved.
How will the redesign happen and is there data to support the redesign?
Hanover Research is working with the District to complete a program review of the Alternative Education program. Data from the research, along with input from students, parents and staff, will be used by an Alternative Education Planning Committee to accomplish the following:
- A flexible, yet rigorous academic program aligned with state standards
- A safe and inclusive learning environment
- Clear and transparent criteria for placement in the program
- Highly qualified, committed staff
- A data-driven accountability system to monitor the program’s performance and guide improvement
Will there be a physical move for TR’s Alternative Education programs?
There will be no physical move for either Pacific High School or Vista Nueva High School. Only Keema High School will physically change its location. The proposal is for a Keema main campus to be located at North Avenue School, and satellite programs expanded from just one in Rio Linda, to three, with additional satellite programs at Foothill High School and Highlands High School.
Will students, staff and families have an opportunity to provide input on the redesign?
Each stakeholder group has already been involved in the process, and will continue to be involved until the final program is approved.
How will the redesign affect transportation for students?
There will be a significant positive effect regarding transportation for students in relation to Keema High School. Currently, students from throughout the district must go to either the Rio Linda satellite campus, or the main Keema site at McClellan. With redesign, students can be served in each region of the district, with the North Avenue site being closer to the 50 percent of students who attend Keema from the North Sacramento area.
What are the next steps?
The next steps will be for the committee and site teams to conclude the planning for the redesign. This should be completed by the end of March.
Where can we find updates on the redesign?
Communication regarding the redesign will be a regular outcome from the committee work beginning February 10, 2016. Please visit the district’s webpage at: www.twinriversusd.org.