The State Board of Education
standards, identifying what students should know and be able
to do in six major academic areas. Benchmarks have been set within
each of the content standards, specifying what subjects will be
covered in state tests at the end of grades 3,5,8,10,12.
Students are expected to achieve career-related learning standards, focus on
a broad career area of interest, and participate in career-related
learning experiences in schools and the community.
One of our
goals is to prepare our students to progress
towards meeting content standards. We do that in the
- Our classroom
work within social situations rather than alone
- We empower
our students to be actively involved in the processes of their
- We provide
authentic tasks or real-world issues as the context for learning
- We often
practice interdisciplinary teaching
- We encourage
active learning because it involves the student in active, physical
participation as part of the learning process
thinking skills and effective questioning techniques are emphasized
- Many classroom
activities evolve around Gardner's theory of multiple intelligence
and learning styles
Understanding the importance of vocational training for our
residents, career planning is incorporated into our curriculum.
Center has established the following "school to work" goals:
- To assist
our students in making good and realistic career decisions.
- To provide
relevant work-based and classroom learning experiences that
will connect school and work activities.
- To assist
our students in becoming aware of their own strengths and weaknesses.
- To meet
the individual needs of each student.
Students will master skills needed to prepare for life-long
learning and responsible productive citizenship. Courses will
provide a fusion of applied and theoretical learning experiences.
Students will be prepared for productive employment in a competitive
market. Partnerships will be established and continually fostered
between employers and educators and between the community and
All students will engage in career exploration. They will select
a career cluster as a focus of study and create a career plan.
The students' educational plan will be considered as they conduct
their career exploration. Changes in the educational plan will
include input and joint decision-making which involves the students,
teaching staff, and treatment staff.
Students will complete an integrated curriculum which will enable
them to enter the work force or continue their formal training.
All students will be prepared in life skills which will include
connections between education and real-life roles.
Student progress will be monitored throughout their educational
plan to ensure that they are achieving to their highest potential.
A summer school program is offered to help those students who may be credit deficient.
Emotional Intelligence is the capacity to acquire and apply information
of an emotional nature, to feel and respond emotionally. This
capacity resides in the emotional brain/mind. We believe that
one's emotional well-being is the strongest predictor of achievement
in school and on the job. Consequently, emotional intelligence
is integrated into our curriculum.
moves toward higher academic standards, we must also hold our
students to high standards of character. Research has shown that
when schools systematically attend to students' social and emotional
development, academic achievement increases, the incidence of
problem behaviors decreases, and the quality of the relationships
surrounding each child improves.
Intelligence is very compatible to J Bar J's treatment modality,
so we have integrated it into our curriculum. We provide social and emotional
development learning through classroom instruction, extracurricular
activities, supportive school climate, and involvement in community
of emotional intelligence are self-awareness, control of impulsivity,
working cooperatively, and caring for self and others. According
to Daniel Goleman, emotional intelligence is "a different way
of being smart."
Authentic assessment is a more "relevant" way of demonstrating
one's understanding of concepts, etc. Students demonstrate their
knowledge, skills, and understanding in important real-world contexts.
of assessment is to help students learn. It assists teachers in
making classroom decisions about instruction and informs students
and treatment staff about student progress.
of each student's abilities, learning
styles, knowledge, motivation, social characteristics,
and prior experiences are conducted. Assessment is holistic, conforming
to guidelines established by the state of Oregon. The WIAT test
is administered to new students after they are enrolled, and they
are re-tested annually.
STAR assessments in the areas of Reading and
Math are routinely done for all students. Students
also participate in statewide assessments. Although traditional
and standardized tests are helpful, authentic assessment is the
preferred way of evaluating whether students can apply their
knowledge, skills, and understanding in important real world
contexts. Students do journal writing,
self- and peer-evaluations, oral presentations, and problem-solving.
Portfolios of representative work are assembled. Student education
plans are written and updated based on the results of ongoing
special needs are referred to the school district's special education
We have a fully functional, internet accessible, computer lab which
students use every day. Internet use is supervised.
In order to get our students to read more and improve their reading
abilities, we are able to provide them with an individualized,
challenging, achievement oriented, and personally rewarding accelerated
program is multidimensional. It involves students in active inquiry
and developing metacognitive skills that facilitate independence
in reading. Therefore, the reading curriculum includes extensive
reading, both in school and outside of school, as well as vocabulary
development, comprehension exercises, and writing. Students will
engage in cooperative learning as a way to increase learning and
boost morale and self-esteem. Regular assessment of the students'
reading is done both by instructors as well as through the accelerated
reader program. Intensive reading instruction can greatly accelerate
the skill levels of the students who enter our program two or
more years below their grade level.
The accelerated reading program is a computer program that tests
students on books they have read. it's based on three simple steps
that form the foundation for the self-paced, individualized reading
program. First, the program allows each student to select his
own reading material. Next, it allows students to read at their
own level and pace themselves--often far ahead of actual grade
level. The last step involves testing. The students take multiple
choice tests on the computer using computer-friendly software.
The tests are carefully designed to verify that the student has
read the book. Because students get recognition for increasing
the difficulty of the books they read, as well as the quantity,
students are encouraged to explore more challenging works. The
program then will electronically assess reading levels, abilities,
etc. which makes for a wonderful assessment tool for teachers.
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