On January 18, 2011 Richard Jenne became the first graduate of the New Horizons Program.
To ensure that all of the students of Lake Hamilton receive the opportunity to achieve academic and personal success on campus by providing additional supportive and educational services in a positive learning environment despite previous personal, educational, or behavioral challenges.
6th – 12th grade students who have exhausted their academic or behavioral opportunities within a traditional classroom setting and would benefit from an alternate method of instruction in order to attain their academic goals.
The New Horizons is located on the Lake Hamilton School District campus and housed in its own building, with individual classrooms targeting 6th-8th graders, 9th -12th graders, and students enrolled in the credit recovery/GED preparation program.
Appropriate candidates for the program should be referred to individual building level student support team or building administrator. Upon completion of referral application, the ALE coordinator will meet with student support team to determine acceptance. Once admitted into New Horizons, parent/guardian and student are required to attend an Intake/Orientation meeting and complete all additional documentation. The Administration can exercise their right to refer and place a student in the alternative education program at any time with or without parental approval.
Students who are referred to the New Horizons will utilize APEX, an on-line learning system, in conjunction with direct instruction from teachers and paraprofessionals. Academic coursework will reflect standards outlined in the Arkansas Frameworks and prepare students for state required end of course exams.
Students enrolled in the alternative education program will be subject to the same disciplinary policies and procedures as students in regular education as outlined in the Student/Parent Handbook.
CELL PHONES are NOT Allowed in the classrooms during designated instructional times. Students will be provided a locked area in which to place their personal items. Any student found using (calling, texting, web browsing etc) a cell phone during school hours will lose the privilege of having a phone on campus for a designated period of time.
Students enrolled in alternative education will be subject to the same student attendance policies that are outlined in the district’s Student/Parent Handbook and attend on all scheduled school days as determined by the district calendar.
Students should report immediately to their designated classroom/homeroom upon arrival on campus. Upon dismissal, students must wait in the designated car rider area or bus rider area until they leave campus. New Horizons students are not to be in other district school buildings without prior approval or administrator permission.
Students will continue to use their assigned lunch number and Nutri-Kids account. Cafeteria services will provide milk at meals, breakfast in the morning and a main dish selection for lunch. Menu information will be posted in the classrooms and can be found on the district website.
Students will be expected to adhere to the district policy regarding appropriate attire and appearance.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in additional educational and informational group activities. The thoughts and materials presented will target the social, life and decision making skills that students will need to be successful as young adults.
Student success within the New Horizons is directly tied to parent support. Parents are invited to contact the staff of New Horizons by phone, email, or in person to discuss student progress or participation. Education and parent support programs will be offered throughout the school year. Attendance at parent-teacher conferences and student support team meetings is required.
Students participating in the New Horizons will also be required to participate in a behavioral levels system. This program ties participation and positive behavioral choices to students earning benefits and privileges.
Students will only transition back to their initial school setting if they have met their academic and behavioral goals. This decision will be made by the student support team and include staff members from both the New Horizons and the referring school. The transition back to the referring school will only take place at the beginning of a new semester.
These policies and procedures are in addition to the Lake Hamilton Middle/Jr. High/High School Parent-Student Information and Handbook as well as the Lake Hamilton School District’s Board of Education Policies and Procedures.
This program is for students who will not be able to graduate on a timely basis due to extreme lack of credits. Any student referred to the GED preparation program must read on at least a 6th grade level. Instruction will be provided using on line services and highly qualified classroom teachers. The goal of the program is to assist students in attaining 11th grade levels in all areas of the TABE test. In addition to demonstrating mastery of TABE skills, students will need to attend a minimum of 166 days of programming or reach the age of 18 in order to be referred to NPCC GED testing program. Students who attend the GED preparation program will not receive academic/Carnegie credit for their coursework, nor will they return to the high school or receive a Lake Hamilton School District diploma.
This program is for students who are currently seniors and in need of 9 or more credits to graduate, or for students who have already completed a senior year and still need credits in order to meet graduation requirements. Instruction will be provided using on line services and highly qualified classroom teachers. Students will be required to sign academic contracts defining productivity and attendance expectations. The goal of the program is to assist students in obtaining all of the credits they need in order to meet district and state graduation requirements. Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to receive a Lake Hamilton School District diploma. Eligibility to participate in the graduation ceremony will be determined on a case by case basis by ALE Coordinator and High School Administration.
This is a program for students who require a highly structured, small group learning environment. All students will participate in a behavioral levels system as well as the state mandated academic curriculum. Student population will be divided into a 6-8th grade classroom and a 9th-12th grade classroom. Instruction will be provided using highly qualified teachers and online educational services. Dependent upon the situation, some students will be allowed to participate in specific electives or extracurricular activities. Students who participate in this program will be eligible to transition back to their home school at the beginning of a new semester if they have met their behavioral goals, academic goals, and have received approval from the ALE coordinator and building administration.