Students who will be considered for entry into the alternative school include student who are: expelled, long term suspended, chronically truant, disengaged learners, students with multiple suspensions, and students with extenuating life circumstances that have not responded to other less intrusive interventions.
Because individual situations will vary, entry and exit into the school will be monitored by an entry/exit team. The team will consist of the district superintendent (or designee), Principal of the alternative school, one representative from each high school’s intervention team, and other pertinent student support personnel. This team will make decisions concerning admittance to and exit from the alternative school. The school counselor and nurse of Phoenix Academy may be invited to attend the exit meeting as deemed necessary.
Students entering the school must stay a minimum of one semester. Those coming in more than a third of the way through a semester will remain at the alternative school through the next semester. For students who have been long-term suspended or expelled, Phoenix Academy will be their only public educational option within the district with the length of stay determined by the superintendent. For all other students, placement will be voluntary. Placement of suspended/expelled students supersedes voluntary placements.