We believe in the dignity and worth of all people, regardless to race, creed, color, or gender – especially youth who have uncontrollable external obstacles, which negatively impact their growth and development. This belief invokes certain rights:
• Youth have a right to education, regardless of their personal situations, circumstances, and/or tainted histories or affiliations.
• Youth have a right to continue with their education in public institutions without labeling and placement in penitentiary like facilities.
• All people have a right to education in a conducive, safe, learning environment.
• Life chances, sensibilities, hopes, dreams, and visions of youth – no matter how questionable – deserve the same respect we reserve and demand for ourselves.
Our educational program follows the four components of Youth Connection Charter School (YCCS)' “3 + 1 Framework”. Created to ensure that highly engaging learning environments and rigorous instruction are tailored to meet the needs of all students, YCCS standards include:
Well-defined high school courses, including virtual learning
Applications for active learning environments, promoting problem-based learning
Interventions for Strained students, with progress monitoring
Post-secondary activities and strategies, including dual enrollment
EARN COLLEGE & HIGH-SCHOOL CREDIT AT THE SAME TIME
a confidential Small Group Leader/Adviser Mentor meet with students daily to identify collegiate & vocation-oriented initiatives, offer academic guidance & career options.
Graduation requirements are based on credit attainment and require 18 credits to graduate. Students must achieve proficiency in core subjects and other classes in their track, including state requirements in Consumer Education and a Constitution Exam. All graduates receive a state recognized diploma from Youth Connection Charter Schools and experience a formal luncheon, prom, senior trip and graduation. Senior activities and requirements are identical to CPS formalities.