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Youth Reengagement Program

The Clover ParkSchool District (CPSD) Open Doors Youth Reengagement Program is housed at Clover Park High School. The program offers a morning and afternoon session for students to participate in a blended learning model with highly-qualified teachers supporting student learning using Edgenuity online curriculum. Each student develops a personalized graduation plan which is tracked through weekly success counseling. Students may attend daily, or develop a special schedule to accommodate individual needs and barriers to attendance.

The Open Doors Program is staffed as follows:

  • 1.0 Program Administrator
  • 3.5 FTE Teachers
    • English
    • Social Studies
    • Math
    • Supplemental Contracted highly qualified teachers (Science, PE/Health)
    • .5 Special Education (SPED Funded)
  • 3.0 FTE Success Counselorw
  • 1.0 FTE Family Involvement Coordinator
  • 1.0 Clerk
  • ELL Services provided as needed

Clover Park’s blended model allows students to use the Edgenuity online platform as well as participate in traditional classroom experiences. Courses offered through Edgenuity have been reviewed for alignment to Washington State Standards and CPSD Curriculum Guides by instructional staff in partnership with the Teaching and Learning Department. Courses are adjusted to align to district standards when necessary.

Student who graduated from Open Doors

Students meet weekly with a success counselor. Success counselors must hold at a bachelor’s degree in education or social work and/or have at least two years’ experience providing services to at-risk individuals. All Open Doors staff interact with students, and all staff funded by Open Doors work with a group of students as a success counselor. Success counselors support the students in identifying and monitoring graduation goals, advocating for students, identifying and helping students navigate barriers to education, and developing relationships with the student’s family to support the student.

Academic progress is defined by OSPI; the CPSD Youth Open Doors Reengagement Program uses the following progress indicators to define academic progress:

  1. Earned credit of at least .25;
  2. Met non-credit graduation requirement; and
  3. Pass state assessment requirements.

Students must make progress at least once every three months to maintain program eligibility.

While the state encourages partnerships in 1418 models, the state definition of partnerships focuses on alignment with education partners. The CPSD Open Doors Youth Reengagement Program has developed a holistic approach to partnerships, connecting to family, community, and educational partners. Family engagement efforts include home visits, events and Student Led Conferencing. Post-secondary connections include tours and program shadows with Clover Park Technical College, as well as a weekly college connection class, tours and Accuplacer testing with Pierce College.

Students engage in the community through events such as volunteering at the Caring for Kids Ready to Learn Fair and Holiday Fair, and reading to Tyee Park students on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. St. Leo’s and Caring for Kids provide resources to help reduce student barriers including emergency clothing and weekend food bags.Students have developed a leadership and volunteer group focused on developing leadership and commitment to community in Open Doors students.

The average enrollment in the Program in 2015-2016 was 99, with the low enrollment at 59 and the high enrollment at 140. For the 2016-2017 school year, the average enrollment is 151. Enrollment in the on-site CPSD Open Doors Youth Reengagment Program is closed to out of- district students.

Students graduate from the Clover Park School District Open Doors Youth Reengagement Program with a high school diploma from the Open Doors Program. Students must complete the Washington State graduation requirements for their cohort year as defined by the State Board of Education to earn this diploma. In 2015- 2016, 20 students graduated from the onsite program. In January of 2017, 14 students graduated from the onsite program.

Clover Park Graducation Alliance Partnership

CPSD partners with Graduation Alliance to provide flexible education options to students enrolled in the 1418 Program and Clover Park High School and Lakes High School students. Graduation Alliance is an education provider that partners with many districts by offering educational programming online.

Clover Park School District offers three different programs through the Graduation Alliance partnership: Open Doors 1418 Online Program at Clover Park High School; Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) Online Program; and Lakes High School Alternative Learning Experience Online Program.

Graduation Alliance also supports outreach and reengagement of negative status students who have disengaged or dropped out of school through outreach efforts in collaboration with Open Doors and the comprehensive high schools.

Graduation Alliance provides online instruction, case management, and the option to check out a laptop to the students it serves in both the 1418 and ALE programs. Students meet locally with an advocate, and interact with highly qualified teachers in a proprietary online learning platform.Clover Park School District supports the state assessment of Graduation Alliance students at their affiliated site and students who graduate may participate in ceremonies with their respective school.

The Graduation Alliance 1418 program is affiliated with the CPSD Open Doors program. To participate, students must meet the same eligibility requirements as onsite 1418 students.

Open Doors Students

1418 Graduation Alliance students earn a diploma from the Open Doors program when they meet the Washington State Board of Education graduation requirements for their cohort year.Students may participate in graduation with the Open Doors students. In 2015-2016, 4 students graduated from the Graduation Alliance 1418 program partnership.

The Graduation Alliance ALE programs are affiliated with Clover Park High School and Lakes High School. Students are not required to be credit deficient and must only be under the age of 21 to participate. Reasons a student who is not credit deficient might want to participate in online ALE include: medical issues; mental health needs; pregnancy/parenting; and/or discipline. Graduation Alliance ALE students earn a high school diploma from Clover Park or Lakes High School, and must meet all CPSD graduation requirements for their cohort. Students participate in graduation ceremonies with the respective comprehensive high school.

Overview of 1418 Reengagement Programs

Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1418 (2010) directed OSPI to adopt rules to implement a dropout reengagement system. The rules are listed in Chapter 392-700 WAC. These rules guide the work of The CPSD Open Doors Youth Reengagement program. There are over 95 approved 1418 programs across Washington State. Pierce County houses eight programs at Bates Technical College, Bethel School District, Clover Park School District, Eatonville School District, Puyallup School District, Tacoma School District, University Place School District, and White River School District.

Student eligibility for participation in 1418 Reengagment programs is outlined in Chapter 392- 700 WAC.A student’s initial eligibility is based on age (16- 21 based on September 1 age), and calculated credit deficiency. Students in a 1418 program may not be enrolled in a comprehensive high school for basic education funding. Continued eligibility is based on weekly success counseling, earned indicators of academic progress, and onsite attendance of at least two hours a month. Students must be enrolled in the school district housing the 1418 program to participate. Funding for 1418 programs is claimed monthly through OSPI reporting. Monthly enrollment numbers are based on the students’ enrollment and eligibility on the first instructional day of the month for up to 10 months per school year.

Districts develop a program proposal aligned to state law and OSPI regulations, however are allowed to personalize the program based on local needs and resources. CPSD submitted an initial one-year application for a 1418 program in the 2015-2016 school year. A re-approval application was submitted in 2016 for three-years approval through the 2018-2019 school year.