SUCCESS Academy, An Early College High School, is focused upon student academic growth and achievement. The majority of SUCCESS Academy students will enroll in collegiate courses while still a high school student. To be successful in these rigorous academic opportunities students must demonstrate emotional maturity, advanced collegiate readiness, and positive citizenship. In most cases, the grades earned by students are representative of their emotional and academic readiness for future Early College opportunities. Conversely, if a student earns low grades they may not be fully ready to engage in the most advanced Early College courses. Further, low grades in Early College collegiate courses may jeopardize a student's future financial aid and scholarship offers as well as future employment opportunities. Consequently, it is a priority for SUCCESS Academy Early College students to develop collegiate readiness and emotional maturity to enable satisfactory academic progress.
Satisfactory academic progress for SUCCESS Academy is measured by grades earned in collegiate and high school courses. All grades will be reviewed at the end of each semester by the school’s academic progress committee. Students who earn two grades of “C” or lower will be assigned to step one. Students who earn three grades of “C” or lower will be assigned to step two. High school grades will be averaged based upon 1st quarter and 2nd quarter classes.
Students and/or their parents who have further information or compelling circumstances may file an appeal with the academic progress committee. This committee may change or forgive the academic consequences for the student upon review of the appeal. Please contact the school principal to initiate an appeal. Students who have specific IDEA or Sec. 504 plans will be subject to all due process requirements, as specified by law.
• Step One: Academic Caution:
Students who receive two or more “C” grades or lower in a semester will be required to meet with the school counselor to discuss academic progress. The school counselor may require the student to complete an academic contract which outlines student requirements to enable future satisfactory academic progress. These requirements may include after school tutoring, further counselor meetings, limited collegiate course enrollments, or other reasonable student changes and/or school assistance. Students may be required to complete an academic readiness course on Canvas prior to future enrollment in collegiate courses. Students who do not meet the academic contract requirements of step one in the next semester will progress to step two. Successful completion of a semester without two grades lower than “C” will exit the student from academic probation. • Step Two: Academic Probation:
Step two mandates that students may only enroll in two collegiate courses for the subsequent semester. Students who continue to receive two or more “C” grades or lower in the subsequent semester will progress to step three. This limited enrollment may jeopardize completion of requirements for an Associate degree. Students will be required to complete an academic contract specified by the school counselor. The contract will identify which collegiate courses the student may take. This contract may also include after school tutoring, further counselor meetings, completion of an academic readiness course on Canvas, specified boundary school course enrollments and/or other provisions or adjustments to encourage and facilitate improved student performance. Students who do not meet the academic contract requirements will progress to step three. • Step Three: Administrative Academic Review:
Students who continue to receive two or more “C” grades or lower in the subsequent semester will be required to meet with their parents/guardian and the SUCCESS Academy administration. In this meeting a student schedule will be designed to optimize future academic success. The school’s administrator, in cooperation with the parents, will plan an academic schedule that prioritizes high school graduation. In most cases this schedule will not include collegiate credit. Upon successful academic progress as defined by completion of a semester without two “C” grades or lower, a student may enroll in limited collegiate courses as defined by the school counselor.
Students who engage in any aggressive or violent acts at SUCCESS Academy will be referred to juvenile court through the appropriate Police Department. In addition, other consequences including a 10-day suspension will be imposed by SUCCESS Academy administration. Students who persist in violent and destructive acts may be expelled from school under the Utah Safe Schools Policy.
According to the Utah Compulsory Education Law (53A-11-101, et seq.), it is the student’s responsibility to be present and on time in each of his/her classes throughout each school day unless students meet the requirements for release as set forth in the State Statute. Parents are required to call the SUCCESS Academy School Office whenever a student is to be excused as absent (preferably before noon on the day of the absence), or the student may bring a note from the parent.
Parents cannot excuse a student for being tardy to a class unless the student was with the parent or the parent deems the tardiness an emergency situation; in which case, the parent will need to dialogue with the teacher involved.
Parents must excuse students the day of the absence, or it will remain as an unexcused absence.
• EXCUSED ILLNESS—Medical, dental, or personal illness. • EXCUSED NON-ILLNESS—An absence for observance of a religious holiday, court appearance, counseling appointment, or family emergency. • SCHOOL EXCUSED—The school will excuse students participating in high school activities. This includes activities with the boundary high schools. • UNEXCUSED—Any unauthorized absence from school not excused by a parent/guardian. When SUCCESS Academy students are attending boundary high school classes they are responsible to the attendance policy of that school.
The Iron School District strictly prohibits any act of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, or hazing on any school property or in conjunction with any school activity or function. Bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, and hazing includes, but is not limited to:
• Intentionally or knowingly committing an act that endangers the physical health or safety of a school employee or student. • Any act that will harm, embarrass, or threaten an individual. • Using the Internet, a cell phone, or another device to send or post text, video, or an image with the intent or knowledge, or with reckless disregard, that the text, video, or image will harm, embarrass, or threaten an individual. • Any repeated communication, to another individual, in an objectively demeaning or disparaging manner. • Any act that contributes to a hostile learning or work environment for an individual. •Intentionally or knowingly committing an act that endangers the physical health or safety of a school employee or student for the purpose of initiation or admission into, affiliation with, holding office in, or as a condition for, membership or acceptance, or continued membership or acceptance, in any school or school sponsored team, organization, program, or event. Additionally, all definitions and procedures included in state law 53A-11a-301 and Utah State School Board Policy R2777-613 will be followed by the Iron County School District.
Retaliation against anyone reporting or proactively involved in stopping bullying, or a related offence, or making a false allegation of bullying or a related offence, is prohibited.
Reporting: Each school shall publish in their handbook, or other readily available format, the names of school employees to whom bullying, and related offences, should be reported. These individuals will be responsible for investigating and responding to reports of bullying. Additionally, each school shall establish a procedure for involving parents, counselors or other appropriate individuals in resolving the bullying or hazing issue.
Actions Required: Verified violations of this policy shall result in consequences or penalties that may include, but are not limited to: • Student suspension from school or removal from a team or organization • Student suspension or expulsion or lesser disciplinary action • Employee reassignment, suspension, or termination for cause or lesser disciplinary action • Other action against student or employee as appropriate • Parental notification will occur in all incidents of bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, harassment or retaliation
Actions must also include: • Procedures for protecting the victim from further bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, harassment or retaliation • Prompt reporting to law enforcement all acts of bullying related offences that constitute suspected criminal activities • Procedures for protecting due process rights • Formal disciplinary action may not be based solely on an anonymous report of bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, harassment or retaliation
Training: All school employees shall be trained regarding the prevention, identification, and response to bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, harassment, and retaliation. All students, school employees and volunteers involved in extracurricular activities shall participate in bullying and hazing prevention training.
Teachers will call roll and submit absences and tardies to the attendance office each period. After the student has missed 3 class periods, the teacher is responsible to call parents. Further absences will be dealt with by the administration.
• The teacher may reinstate lost participation/attendance credit for excused absences if class work is made up within one week. After one week the lost credit cannot be restored.
• It is required that the teacher’s policy include some classroom activity at the beginning of the class, on a regular basis, that cannot be made up if missed because of unexcused tardiness.
Teachers may adjust this time for extenuating circumstances.
Teacher Due Process: 1. Display class rules; have students and parents sign a behavior contract. 2. Hold private conference with student. 3. Hold student/parent conference. 4. Refer student to administration/counseling with documented interventions.
The SUCCESS Academy has access to the Internet, which is governed and supported by the Utah Education Network. Use of the electronic information resources in the charter school shall be to improve and support the educational process by providing access to global information and improving communication between students, employees of SUCCESS Academy, parents, and community members. The charter school desires to provide electronic conferencing and global information resources via the World Wide Web, to students of the charter school at no cost.
All Internet or computer equipment use shall be consistent with the purposes and goals of the charter school. It is imperative that users of the Internet or computer equipment conduct themselves in a responsible, ethical, moral, and polite manner. All users must abide by all local, state, and federal laws. The Internet user accepts the responsibility of adhering to high standards of conduct and the terms and conditions set forth in all parts of this policy.
IMPERMISSIBLE INTERNET AND COMPUTER EQUIPMENT USES
The following uses of the Internet & computer equipment are prohibited: 1. Any violation of applicable school policy or public law by such use; 2. Any activity that is immoral or contrary to the high moral standards which must be maintained in an educational setting; 3. Any attempt to bypass state, district, or school security (e.g. bypassing proxies or hacking servers or workstations) is forbidden; 4. Accessing or transmitting of immoral, obscene, pornographic, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, defaming, harassing, threatening, disrespectful, or otherwise inappropriate images or information, or receiving such information from others; 5. Any commercial use, product advertisement, display of personal information, or promotion of political candidates; 6. Any violation of copyright, trade secret or trademark laws; 7. Any attempt to damage, disrupt or interfere with the use of any computer or electronic information resource; 8. Any attempt to access information beyond the users authorized access to any electronic information resource; 9. Any destruction, defacement, theft, or altering of charter school equipment; 10. Any storing of illegal, inappropriate, or obscene material on district owned electronic equipment; 11. Excessive non-school related computer use during school hours. PRIVILEDGE
The use of the Internet and computer equipment within the charter school is a privilege. The information produced from Internet access or computer use shall be deemed the property of the charter school. It is confidential information to the user unless it is transmitted to others with the user’s permission. Violation of this policy can result in the loss of computer access privileges.
The charter school reserves the right to monitor and review any material on any machine at anytime in order for the District to determine any inappropriate use of network services.
DISCLAIMER OF ALL WARRANTIES
SUCCESS Academy makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the services provided in connection with use of the Internet or computer equipment. Neither the charter school nor any supporting Internet services will be responsible for any damages that an Internet user suffers. The charter school expressly disclaims any liability in connection with the loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, failure to deliver, mistaken deliveries, viruses, backup device failure, service interruptions, or other unforeseen reasons caused by the charter school or the Internet server or by the users error or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the user’s own risk. The charter school expressly denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through any Internet service. All users must consider the source of any information they obtain and evaluate the validity of that information.
SUCCESS Academy will implement security procedures on Internet access to protect against unacceptable use. Computer users are responsible for the security of their files and passwords. Sharing of any usernames or passwords is not permissible and may result in the lost of account privileges. Computer users will be held accountable for any activity under their account. Any security problems will be reported immediately to the school/site administrator.
ENCOUNTER OF CONTROVERSIAL MATERIAL
Internet users may encounter material that is controversial which the user or administrator may consider inappropriate or offensive. The district has taken precautions to restrict access to inappropriate materials through a filtering and monitoring system. However, it is impossible on a global Internet, to control access to all data which a user may discover. It is the user’s responsibility not to initiate access to such material. Any site or material that is deemed controversial should be reported immediately to the appropriate administrator. The charter school expressly disclaims any obligation to discover all violations of inappropriate internet access.
PENALTIES FOR IMPROPER USE
Any user violating this policy or applicable state and federal laws may be restricted from Internet use or use of any or all computers (in addition to other disciplinary options). Such additional options may include suspension, expulsion and/or referral to legal authorities.
SUCCESS Academy makes every effort to safeguard student education records and to protect students privacy and personal information. However, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows directory information to be shared and disclosed without a signature (eg. yearbook, graduation programs, newsletter, website articles, science fair projects and awards, collegiate requests for prospective applicants, scholarships, etc). This basic directory information may include: • First/Last Name • Address of Student • Telephone Number • Email Address • Date and Place of Birth • Participation in School Activities • Dates of Attendance • Schools of Attendance • Class Photo • Degrees and Awards Received • Major Field of Study • Weight and Height (for athletics) However, parents or students (18 or older) may request that this information not be released. If you DO NOT want SUCCESS Academy to disclose any of the above directory information please notify SUCCESS Academy in writing by the end of September. Please include the student’s name, parent’s name and email address, and the specific Directory Information that you DO NOT want disclosed.
SUCCESS Academy in relationship with the Iron County School District may occasionally provide vision and scoliosis screening for select students. However, parents or students (18 or older) may request that this screening not take place. If you DO NOT want SUCCESS Academy to provide possible vision or scoliosis screening please notify SUCCESS Academy in writing by the end of September. Please include the student’s name, parent’s name and email address, in order to ensure that your student is NOT selected to participate in vision screening.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. The three general rights established by FERPA are: 1. Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. 2. Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading, and (3)Parents have the right to require the school to obtain written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information, subject to specific exceptions.
SUCCESS Academy’s official graduation requirements are outlined below. Any one course can be used to fill only one credit requirement. Twenty-eight (28) total units of credit are required for graduation. • 4.0 English • 3.0 - 4.0 Science: One of the four credits must be a life science and the second of the four credits must be a physical sceince (chemistry will fulfill the physical requirement). • 3.0 - 4.0 Mathematics: Any two sequential math classes Algebra II Advanced Math College Algebra 105 Calculus • 3.0 Social Studies: The following classes are required World Geography World History US History US Government Social Studies Elective • 2.0 Healthy Lifestyles and Fitness PE Skills PE Fitness PE Elective Health • 1.5 Fine Arts • 1.0 Computer Technology • 1.0 Applied Technology • 0.5 Financial Literacy • 8.0 Selected Electives
• ACADEMIC MEDALLION
The Academic Medallion is awarded to senior students who have maintained a 3.70 cumulative grade point average or higher for ninth, tenth and eleventh grade, and a 3.70 grade point average or higher for each of the first three quarters of the senior year. To be eligible for an Academic Medallion, a student must complete a minimum of 5.0 credits during 12th grade. Collegiate courses are included when computing each term’s grade point average. • NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Students will participate in the National Honor Society at SUCCESS Academy and/or their boundary high schools. • HONOR ROLL
An Honor Roll is published at the end of each year. The honor roll recognizes a 3.7 to 4.00 cumulative GPA. All students are eligible for the honor roll. Students who receive honor roll recognition will receive an academic honor certificate and a medal for a 4.0 during any quarter of the year. • NEW CENTURY SCHOLARSHIP
ALL SUCCESS Academy students who successfully fulfill the Southern Utah University or Dixie State College requirements for an associate degree or the equivalent thereof and who maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA will be eligible to receive the New Century Scholarship. This scholarship will pay an additional $5000 of a student’s tuition for Utah Higher Education Institutions. Please see your school counselor for specific requirements and additional information. • ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND ACHIEVEMENT
Students will be recognized for outstanding academic accomplishment in specific curricular subjects each term and at the end of the year. Individual teachers will select, recognize and honor these outstanding student accomplishments. Please visit with your academic advisors for information regarding these honors.
Students on the school premises, in school transportation, or at school activities, either as a spectator or participant, are to refrain from the use of inappropriate language (i.e., swearing, use of vulgar or obscene language/gestures). Students will be cautioned against it. Excessive use or abuse of language will be dealt with by SA Administration. Continuation of inappropriate language may be cause for the student to be charged with ‘Foul and Abusive Language,’ ‘Sexual Harassment,’ or ‘Obscene Language.’
Early College High School students engage in collegiate courses starting in the tenth grade. Consequently, SUCCESS Academy students must clearly understand and prepare for the rigors of collegiate coursework. Based upon experience with collegiate professors it is evident that most collegiate classes DO NOT accept late assignments. Collegiate courses expect students to manage their time and schedule to meet deadlines posted in the syllabi. Collegiate students are expected to turn in all assignments on time.
To prepare students for collegiate coursework it is the policy of SUCCESS Academy to not accept late work. Late work is defined as assignments that were not turned in on the due date.
The following exceptions to the late policy will apply only to SUCCESS Academy high school courses. (Collegiate courses will be subject to the professors’ late policies stated on their syllabi.) 1. Scheduled Absences a. A scheduled absence is an absence that a student knows about in advance such as school activities, sports, or major family events. b. Scheduled Absences must be excused and discussed with the teacher prior to the absence. i. For a planned absence, students must pick up a “Scheduled Absence Assignment Request” form from each teacher of the classes affected by the absence and attach the request to assignments submitted as Scheduled Absent Work. ii. Scheduled Absences allow teachers to extend due dates for students as necessary to the date indicated on the Scheduled Absence Assignment Request form. 2. Unexpected Absences a. An unexpected absence is an absence that a student cannot notify a teacher of in advance such as illness or emergency. b. Unexpected Absences must be excused by the parent within 24 hours of the absence. i. Students must turn in assignments that were due on the day of an unexpected absence on the day the student returns, regardless of whether or not a student has the class in that school day’s schedule. For example: If a student misses English on Monday and returns to school on Tuesday, the student’s English assignments will be due on Tuesday even though the student does not have English class again until Wednesday. The Unexpected Absence Assignment Submission Slip must be attached in order to get credit. ii. Students must turn in homework assigned during an absence no later than two school days regardless of whether a student has that class everyday or not, and regardless of the increased homework load. For example: If a student misses class on Monday and a journal was assigned to students during class, students must check with the teacher on Tuesday to get the assignment and turn it in on Wednesday. The Unexpected Absence Assignment Submission Slip must be attached in order to get credit. 3. Serious Extenuating Circumstances a. Serious extenuating circumstances such as serious medical issues, family crises, or formal Individualized Education Programs will need to be reported to the administration/counselors, who will inform teachers of student needs/requests. Teachers should not make exceptions for students unless they are directed to do so by the administration.4. Tutoring Passes a. If a student attempts to do his or her homework but realizes too late that he or she needs additional help to complete the assignment correctly they may use a tutoring pass without the penalty of a missing assignment. A student must meet with the teacher to use the tutoring pass. The tutoring pass opportunity can only be used twice per quarter per class.
Due to Late Start on Wednesday mornings, classes will start at SUU SUCCESS Academy at 10:00 a.m. The late start provides collaboration time for our teachers to engage in processes and conversations surrounding student data, instructional strategies and school improvement that they just don't have time to do during the school day because of varied schedules, before and after school activities etc. This is for our secondary school teachers to afford them time to work collaboratively in behalf of ALL students.
Students are encouraged to read and do research and are invited to check out books from the Media Centers at the boundary high schools and Southern Utah University and Dixie State College. It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of the individual library policies and to abide by those policies.
If a student receives an “F” for a term grade in any class, the student must make arrangements to make up the F in order to receive credit. Remediation is done after school or during the summer by making arrangements with the teacher. Students are strongly encouraged to put in the necessary time and effort to pass classes the first time. This policy refers to SUCCESS Academy courses only. Students taking University/College courses will need to follow SUU and DSC guidelines.
1. Students will be suspended for carrying/using water guns or other items that present a danger, or throwing snowballs on campus.
2. Spray paint cans may not be brought on campus. Any other items that may cause harm or cause disruption at school are to be left at home.
3. Reckless driving in the parking lot will be referred to court.
4. Students rough housing, or involved in other disorderly activities in the halls or on campus will be placed on a contract and may be referred to court.
5. CD players, Walkmans, headsets, yo-yos, or other toys, etc. cause disturbances in class and are not allowed in the school.
6. Students are discouraged from bringing cellular phones, pagers or ipods. These items must remain off during school hours. Cell phones, pagers, or ipods used during school hours will be taken.
SUCCESS Academy is a Charter High School under the direction of the Iron County School District and partnered with the Washington County School District, SUU, and DSU. The following policy has been adapted from the Iron County School District’s Parent Involvement Policy.
SUCCESS Academy regards parental involvement vital to the success of students. Parents are partners in helping their children achieve. They have the right to be involved in the design and operation of the Title I program. At the same time, they have the responsibility to help their children succeed in school. To accomplish this SUCCESS Academy will ensure that the required school-level parental involvement policies are followed.
In addition at least 3 percent of the Title I funds received by SUCCESS Academy is designed for parent programs. Parents are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and have input on how this money should be spent. The money is used to assist parents in improving student academic learning, provide parent training or to address other identified parental needs.
Parents are encouraged to give feedback regarding the Title I program as well as other school programs at their school. Surveys are conducted each year to help make district and school level decisions.
To help facilitate communication, selected parent representatives meet with school personnel a minimum of two times a year to provide an opportunity to have input on the education of their children. A variety of activities to educate parents about Title I services and other school programs are held throughout the school year. These activities may include: • Back to School Night • Parent College and Career Ready Conferences • Newsletters (electronic and mailed) • Parent Nights • School/District Websites
SUCCESS Academy provides assistance to ensure that information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to parents of participating students in an understandable and uniform format. Critical school documents will be provided to parents in their native language or interpreted by school personnel upon request.
In addition, SUCCESS Academy will provides assistance and information on the qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher. Further, teachers are encouraged to be available before and after school to communicate with parents about students.
This is only a sample of the many activities that involve parents in the Title I program in SUCCESS Academy. There is a continuous effort to build parents capacity for strong parental involvement and to provide a partnership between the district, the school, parents and the community to improve student academic achievement.
SUCCESS Academy does not discriminate against, age, race, gender, religion, or ethnicity.
Parents please understand the following information. We don't want you to pay any extra school fees! You will receive a mail-in pre-registration form that will enable you to pay your student’s SUCCESS Academy fees in advance. Otherwise, students will need to pay fees to Mrs. Griffiths when they attend their scheduled registration time.
The first thing parents should be made aware of is the need to pay school fees to both SUCCESS Academy and the boundary school. However, you will only pay the boundary school the activity fee ($35.00) and specific course and participation fees (woods, yearbook, athletics, etc.). Parents or students make this payment directly to their boundary school which must be paid before they can receive their student ID card. Students will need this card in order to attend boundary high school events. School pictures will be taken and purchased at the boundary school. If you decide not to purchase pictures, students will still need to have their picture taken for the ID card. You may only select one boundary school.
The SUCCESS Academy fee for 9th and 10th grade students is $130.00 and the fee for 11th & 12th grade students is $70.00. A current SUCCESS Academy Fee Schedule has been included for your information. A breakdown of the fees are listed on the Costs page of our website.
A "Fee Waiver Application" may be requested from the SUCCESS Academy office. If you are applying for Fee Waivers, please fill out the application and provide supporting documentation. Please have your student return the application when they register. These applications will be confidentially reviewed and you will receive notice if you meet the qualifying criteria.
Students who display inappropriate attention towards one another on campus will be approached and reminded to refrain from those activities. Further offenses will result in a parental conference and other appropriate action.
1. A. A student may be suspended or expelled from a public school for participation in any of the following prohibited conduct when it occurs in a school building, in or on school property, in conjunction with any school sponsored activity, or when it occurs in the presence of or directed at or against another student or a district employee:
i. continued willful disobedience or open and persistent defiance of proper authority; (After three documented cases, student maybe referred for expulsion.)
ii. willful destruction or defacing of school property;
iii. behavior or threatened behavior which poses an immediate and significant threat to the welfare, safety, or morals of other students or school personnel or to the operation of the school;
iv. any serious violation affecting another student or a staff member, occurring in a school building, in or on school property, or in conjunction with any school activity, including the possession of a weapon, explosive, or flammable material under Section 53A-3-502, or the sale, control, or distribution of a drug or controlled substance, as defined in Section 58-37-2, an imitation controlled substance defined in Section 58- 37b-2, or drug paraphernalia as defined in Section 58-37a-3; or
v. the commission of an act involving the use of force or the threatened use of force which if committed by an adult would be a felony or class A misdemeanor.
B. Suspension or expulsion is mandatory for any violation under Subsection (1)(A)(iv) or (1)(A)(v).
2. A. An habitually disruptive student may be expelled, after the development of a remedial discipline plan for the student, in discipline policies.
B. For purposes of this section, “habitually disruptive student” means a student:
i. who has caused a disruption in a classroom, on school grounds, on a school vehicle, or at school activities or events more than five times during the school year; and
ii. whose behavior was initiated, willful, and overt and required the attention of school personnel to deal with the disruption.
3. A student may be denied admission to a public school on the basis of having been expelled during the same school year.
4. A suspension or expulsion under this section is not subject to the age limitations under Subsection 53A-11-102(1).
Many students plan to finance their college education with other scholarship money but fail to earn scholarships. Because the economy is tight and money for school is scarcer, competition for scholarships is keen. Here are some suggestions for students to improve their chances of receiving a scholarship. The first thing is: START EARLY! The second thing is:
AVOID THE TOP TEN SCHOLARSHIP MISTAKES. 10. Waiting until you're a senior to worry about GPA 9. Failing to take the most challenging classes offered 8. Thinking that you can’t qualify for any scholarships 7. Not getting involved in outside activities 6. Waiting too long to start your scholarship search 5. Not following the application directions exactly 4. Not choosing your references wisely 3. Turning in a sloppy, mistake-filled application 2. Missing the application deadline 1. Not being committed to the time needed for success in the scholarship process
SUCCESS Academy is seeking interested parents who are willing to participate on the SUCCESS Academy School Land Trust Committee. If you are interested in participating please contact the school administration. Elections are held each spring. There will be two parents from each grade level elected to the School Land Trust committee. This is a two year position. Meetings are held twice a year. Committee members use school wide data to make funding decisions which positively impact student academic achievement (eg. after school tutoring, ACT prep, summer school, textbooks and technology). This is a wonderful opportunity for you to have a direct impact on your child’s education.
Students will need to have their picture taken at registration at their boundary high schools. They will be issued an activity card from their boundary high school. Students will need to show their boundary school activity card at all boundary school activities.
All students have the right to a safe, healthy school environment. All students have the responsibility to dress appropriately and observe basic standards of cleanliness and good grooming. A student’s dress and appearance should not cause a disruption or distract from the educational process or create a health or safety concern for him/herself or others. SUCCESS Academy dress standards will conform to Iron County and Washington County School District Standards. • Students are to dress in a neat and appropriate manner that reflects pride in themselves and in their school. • Hats or any head coverings are not to be worn at school during school hours. • Shorts and skirts must reach the mid-thigh. • Shirts or tops that expose bare midriffs during normal activity, tank tops, or spaghetti straps are not permitted. • Outfits which show, or appear to show, underwear, or are unduly revealing, are not permitted. • Shoes must be worn at all times. • Pants must fit appropriately around the waist. • Clothing with vulgar language, inappropriate pictures (sexually oriented, gang or violence related), alcohol or cigarette advertising, depicting illegal substances or any other illegal activities are not permitted. • Apparel that is gang related or appears to be gang related is not permitted. This includes, but is not limited to oversized baggy pants, headbands, etc. • Spiked bands, chains on pants or wallets, or any article of clothing that would identify the student with a gang are not allowed. • Items such as excessive makeup or face paint, excessive dangerous or distracting body piercing, or distracting hair styles are not permitted. Parents have the responsibility of assuring that students are dressed properly for school. Students who are in violation of the approved dress policy will be sent to the office. The student in violation of the dress policy will not be allowed to return to class until their appearance is in compliance with this policy. Covering inappropriate clothing with a jacket or other article of clothing is not acceptable.
Making and following an SEOP plan is important in many areas of life. In high school, students must make sure the classes they take and the activities they choose are in line with their educational and career goals. This becomes increasingly important as students begin to participate in University/College level courses. Because planning and monitoring progress is so important to student success, SUCCESS Academy students have the chance to meet with their academic advisor each year to review and revise their academic plans. Students will meet with their advisor during the spring SEOP conference. The fall SEOP conference will allow students and parents to visit with individual teachers.
SUCCESS Academy takes a zero tolerance with any type of comment, written or verbal, which would lead the staff of the school to believe that a student is thinking of doing physical harm to students, staff, or the school. If it is reported that a student has made such a threat, he/she will be suspended from school and referred to a local law enforcement agency and to the Department of Child and Family Services. That student will not be allowed back into school until a risk assessment has taken place.
As a charter school students and parents are responsible to arrange transportation to and from campus. Students who will be parking a car on the SUU campus will need to purchase a parking permit from the SUU Parking Services. Please remember students are responsible to pay any parking citation issued to them from the SUU Police. Also, collegiate transcripts and student account access may be temporarily placed on hold until any fine is paid.
SUCCESS Academy Administration will deal with acts of vandalism and theft as each case requires. Restitution for breakage, other damage or time required to clean and/or fix property will be assessed. Referral to the appropriate Police Department may be an option.
Preparing for tests is an important part of your scholarship and academic preparation. The following are some tests which students and parents need to be aware of:
• PSAT (all Students)
This test is the Pre-SAT. Students will take this test as 9th, 10th, and 11th grade SUCCESS Academy students. Students who score high enough on this test in the eleventh grade could qualify to become a National Merit Scholar. • End of Level (all students and subjects)
All students in math, English and science will participate in the end of level tests. These tests are criterion referenced assessments. These scores are used in the Federal No Child Left Behind Program and the Utah Performance Assessment System for Students. • ACT Test (Required for 9th and 11th graders)
Stuents may take the ACT as many times as they would like to increase their scores. Register at act.org. • SAT Test (Students are encouraged to take it)
Register online at collegeboard.org/
Any device that is used by one person to harm another person is considered a weapon. Particularly, any item that is carried by the individual into the school or on the school premises which could be used to cause bodily harm; knives or other items that may cut or otherwise cause bodily harm are to be kept from the school area. It is the SUCCESS Academy Administration’s policy that if notified that an individual is carrying or has brought a weapon on to the school grounds or into the building, that an Officer will be notified and will conduct an investigation. The person accused of possession of the weapon will be searched. Students with guns in vehicles may not park on campus. Students with mace or pepper spray or any other device that may cause harm to others may not be on campus. * Do not bring any knife on campus.
These are general statements. See Iron County School District for written policies.