Welcome to the Snowflake School District Alternative School. We understand how important it is to help our students continue to build their confidence and bring their vision for the future into focus. We are determined to provide the help each student needs to maintain a strong and steady movement toward graduation and beyond. We have designed our school to provide opportunities for students who have not been successful in regular courses and who are at risk of dropping out of school.
Dear Student, Parents/Guardians, and Community Members,
Three years ago the Snowflake School District established an alternative school to help reach students who have had difficulties in regular classes. This is not an independent school but is affiliated with and located on the campus of Snowflake High School. Students from both the high school and the junior high are eligible to participate. We have seen quite a bit of success, especially in helping a number of seniors to complete their graduation requirements.
We partner with Edgenuity, an online curriculum provider, so we are able to offer courses in several academic disciplines. Students are able to complete all of the essential courses that are required in order to graduate, as well as a large number of elective credits. We map out a program of study for each student that will allow him or her to earn a full slate of credits in a single school year. Parents are essential stakeholders in this program, so we send e-mails or letters to parents on a regular basis to keep them abreast of how their child is doing.
Edgenuity courses are rigorous and will provide each successful student with a full program of instruction in each class taken. Edgenuity presents lessons using video and online resources that are very user-friendly and work well with today’s tech-savvy youth. Students may also log in from home (or anywhere else with an internet connection) to work on their lessons, so it is possible for them to move through their coursework as fast as they’d like. Plus, students who keep up or work ahead can qualify for an early release incentive.
This program may not be suitable for students who are not reading at or near grade level.
We encourage students or parents who wish to investigate the Snowflake Alternative School further to contact the Snowflake High School guidance office or the administrators at either the Snowflake High School or Snowflake Junior High School.
The goal of the Snowflake Alternative School is to find ways to help students be successful, qualify for graduation, and prepare for the life they want to live. I’m excited to be able to help provide this opportunity for the students of our community and look forward to a very productive and fulfilling year!
Shon Flake, Director
Snowflake High School has partnered with Edgenuity, which provides an online curriculum in several academic disciplines. Edgenuity courses are rigorous and align with the Arizona State Standards. They will provide each successful student with a full program of instruction in each class taken, about 90 hours of instruction per semester. Please note that this program may not be suitable for students who are not reading at or near grade level.
Upon entry into the program, each student sits down with the director and a copy of his or her transcript, and a program of study is mapped out that should allow him or her to earn a full slate of credits in a single school year. Students are able to recover credits for courses that they have previously taken but did not receive credit, or take new courses for full credit. Parents receive e-mails on a regular basis to keep them abreast of how their child is doing.
Students use school computers to work their way through online lessons. They may also log in from home (or anywhere else with an Internet connection) to work on their lessons, but they must take Cumulative (Final) Exams at school.
High School Focus:
High school students enroll in one course at a time, and need to finish each semester in approximately three weeks (fifteen school days) in order to earn six credits during the school year and maintain a pace that will allow them to graduate on time. Students who exceed that pace will earn each semester’s credit as soon as their grades post. Students will receive assistance in each course by Mr Flake, other highly qualified high school teachers, or student aides who have already demonstrated proficiency in the subject matter covered.
Junior High Focus:
Junior high students will complete a program that includes courses in English/language arts, math, science, and social studies. Any 8th grade student who completes his/her program before the end of the school year may petition to begin taking additional courses for high school credit.
Alternative School Schedule:
The Alternative School schedule lasts for the full school day, but students who complete their work early may qualify for the Early Release Incentive, which is the privilege of leaving before the end of the day. High school students who have worked ahead may also be excused from attending on Fridays.