G rman Learning Center
1826 Orange Tree Lane
Redlands, CA 92374
An Independent Study Charter School known for
Phone: 909-307-6312 “Bringing Academic Excellence Home!”
www.gormanlc.org Our Mission:
Enriching the lives of students
through individualized learning
focused on challenging educational
standards while supporting
To inspire lifelong learning by instilling
leadership qualities that encourage
A Different Kind of Education. For Families, by families. individual pursuits.
Table of Contents
Handbook Use and Purpose 3 _________________________________________________________________
Covering the Basics: What is a Charter School? 3
Admissions and Enrollment 4 _________________________________________________________________
Master Agreement 5
Monthly Assignments and Learning Periods 6
The IST’s Responsibility 7 _________________________________________________________________
The Parent’s Responsibility 8
Monthly Appointment and Daily Work 9 _________________________________________________________________
Grading and Report Cards 9
Curriculum (Your books and materials) 10 _________________________________________________________________
Special Education and Categorical Programs 12
High School Information (9th-12th Grade) 15
High School Counselor 16 _________________________________________________________________
Graduation Requirements, Grad Checks, Graduation Ceremony 16
Driver’s Ed, VAPA, Vocational Ed 17
College Co-Enrollment 18
AP and UC, Summer School 19
Exams at the High School level 20 _________________________________________________________________
Field Trips 21
Other High School Information 21 _________________________________________________________________
School Calendar 22
Graduation Requirements Table 23
Plagiarism Policy 24
Confirmation of Receipt of Handbook Insert
Disclaimer: This handbook is intended to be a resource of information, not a _________________________________________________________________
policy manual. In the case of a disparity between this handbook and the Master
Agreement, the Master Agreement is to be considered correct. Page 2
Welcome to Gorman Learning Center!
_________________________________________________________________ You and your child have joined a community of learners in
pursuit of an excellent education for all children. It’s a
_________________________________________________________________ community of parents and professionals who work together with
the shared conviction that children’s first and most important
teachers are their families. We look forward to working, learning
and teaching with you.
Handbook Use and Purpose
This handbook has been created in order to help family members
and students get acquainted with GLC. In this handbook you will
find explanations of school policies and procedures having to do
with enrollment, curriculum, and instruction, which we hope will
_________________________________________________________________ serve as a useful reference to you.
Covering the Basics: What is a Charter School?
_________________________________________________________________ The basic concept of a charter school is more autonomy for more
accountability. A charter school is still a public school—the same
_________________________________________________________________ educational funds that support traditional school districts also
support charter schools—but not all of the same regulations
The charter school idea came about so that innovators in
_________________________________________________________________ education could create instructional models different from
traditional districts. “Charter” refers to the contract that the
_________________________________________________________________ operators of a school establish with a Sponsor, which may be a
district, county office of education, or the state. The charter
_________________________________________________________________ spells out how the school is expected to perform. The primary
form of accountability is the power of the Sponsor to revoke the
_________________________________________________________________ charter if the school does not perform as it is expected to. Most
charters state the school’s mission, describe its program, lay out
_________________________________________________________________ its goals, identify the students it serves, establish methods of
assessment and explain how the school will measure success.
_________________________________________________________________ A charter school is accountable not only to the Sponsor, but also
to county and state governments, and more intimately, the parents
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Admissions and Enrollment
State law requires charter schools to be open to students from the
county of the sponsoring district and all contiguous counties.
Gorman Learning Center is sponsored by Gorman Elementary
School District in Los Angeles County, so students who reside in
Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura, Orange, and Kern Coun-
ties may enroll in GLC . _________________________________________________________________
Gorman Learning Center requires no assessment as a condition of _________________________________________________________________
enrollment, does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, gen-
der, or disability, and charges no tuition. The requirements for
enrollment are that parents complete the necessary forms and
documentation including submission of IEPs and transcripts, that
the student fall within the age range established by state law, and
that the student reside in the geographical area that the school is
authorized to serve. Enrollment is not guaranteed. The school _________________________________________________________________
may decline to enroll a student if independent study is not his or
her best educational setting. _________________________________________________________________
The admission process is as follows:
1. Parent contacts school administration and states interest in _________________________________________________________________
2. School staff refer parent to an Independent Study Teacher (IST) _________________________________________________________________
in the parent’s area.
3. Parent completes student enrollment form and provides proof _________________________________________________________________
of residency, proof of immunization, and proof of minimum
age requirements, e.g. birth certificate, and student’s IEP or 504 _________________________________________________________________
Plan, if applicable.
4. Parent and student read policies provided regarding conditions _________________________________________________________________
of continued enrollment and sign affirmations of understanding.
5. Parent completes Home Language Survey, confidential State
and Federal Financial Surveys (these surveys are required by the
state and federal governments and are used by the California _________________________________________________________________
Department of Education to determine school funding), and
Emergency Medical Information form. _________________________________________________________________
6. Student is withdrawn from current school.
7. Parent, IST, and student complete and sign the Master
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Plagiarism Policy Master Agreement
Plagiarism is regarded as a very serious offense. Copying or paraphrasing ma- The Master Agreement (MA) is a document that is completed and
terial/text from the work of another student, from published sources (ie: Cliff signed upon enrollment in the school and at the start of each
Notes, Monarch Notes, books, magazines, newspapers, etc.) and/or from the semester. It outlines objectives undertaken by the school, the
internet without proper documentation constitutes academic theft. parent, and the student, and how those objectives will be met.
Following the Master Agreement is an essential element to a
The Definition of Plagiarism: successful school year. Violation of the Master Agreement is basis
“The unauthorized use of someone else’s material, which is then presented as for withdrawal from the school.
being the result of the plagiarist’s own primary research, creative impulse or
The Master Agreement comes with an Acknowledgment of
insight. Plagiarism technically encompasses the borrowing of ideas of others,
Responsibilities, which details what students, parents, and
as well as their exact words…” Laurie Henry, The Fiction Dictionary, p. 219.
teachers are expected to do under the Master Agreement and
The penalty for cheating or plagiarism will be… includes a confirmation of the parent’s understanding of those
VIOLATION PROCEDURE RESULTING PENALTY
First offense Teacher reports the plagiarism on •The student will earn a ZERO for the
a Missing Assignment Report. It work in question..
will be included in student file and
•A conference will be held with coun-
•Parent(s) will be notified of the plagia-
Second Offense Teacher reports the plagiarism on •The student will earn a ZERO for the
a Missing Assignment Report. It work in question.
will be included in student file and •A school official will process student’s
monthly documentation. suspension from school as warranted. Forms and Learning Logs
•Parent(s) will be notified of the plagia-
rism and of suspension. A parent con- There are a few forms that are required to maintain enrollment in
ference will be held before student is the Gorman Learning Center. ISTs will instruct parents on filling
out forms when necessary.
Third Offense Teacher reports the plagiarism on •The student will earn a ZERO for the
a Missing Assignment Report. It work in question.
will be included in student file and •A school official will process student’s Semester Learning Plans
monthly documentation. withdrawal from school as warranted.
•Student will receive a FAILING ISTs will work with the parent on developing a Semester Learning
GRADE for this course for the semes- Plan at the beginning of each semester. Semester Learning Plans
outline clear goals and objectives that are aligned to the California
•Parent(s) will be notified of the plagia-
rism, of withdrawal, and that student State Standards.
will receive an “F” for the semester. A
parent conference will be held.
Students enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) will have Semester
Learning Plans which are adapted to meet high school
requirements for graduation.
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Monthly Assignments and Learning Periods Graduation Requirements
High School Subject College Preparatory Basic Education
4 Years (40) 4 Years (40)
English 9 (10) English 9 (10)
English English 10 (10) English 10 (10)
A Learning Period is roughly a month long. Each Learning Period English 11 (10) English 11 (10)
English 12 (10) English 12 (10)
has its own set of assignments and at least one teacher meeting, 3 Years (30) Required 3 Years (30) Required
4 Years (40) Recommended Pre-Algebra (10)
which is when work is reviewed, learning is assessed, new Algebra 1 (10) Algebra 1 A + B (10)
Algebra 2 (10) Algebra 1 C + D (10)
assignments are given and, if necessary, changes are made to the Geometry (10) Algebra A + B + C + D= Algebra 1
Mathematics Trigonometry or but takes two years to
student’s study plan. The school year is ten Learning Periods long. Pre-Calculus (10) complete.
Algebra 1 (10)
Math Elective (10)
Once assignments for the Learning Period have been given,
3 Years Required (30) 3 Years Required (30)
students must complete them by the end of the Learning Period, World History, Cultures, World History, Cultures,
& Historical Geography (10) & Geography (10)
History/Social Studies U.S. History (10)
which is 20 school days or less. Each appointment with the IST U.S. History (10)
U.S. Government (5) U.S. Government (5)
Economics (5) Economics (5)
will be within 10 school days after the end of the previous
2 Years Required (20) 2 Years Required (20)
Learning Period. What this means is that students should not wait 3 Years Recommended (30) Biological Science (10)
Science Physical Science (10)
Biological Science w/ Lab (10)
for their IST meeting before starting the work for the new Physical Science w/ Lab (10)
1 year (10)
Learning Period. They should begin on the first day. Assignments 2 Years Required (20) or
Foreign Language 3 Years Recommended (30) VAPA option of 30 units w/o
are established and laid out well in advance, but if there is any Same Language at progressive levels Foreign Language
2 Years (20)
uncertainty as to what a student should be doing, the IST is Courses must be in the same visual/ 2 Years (20)
performing art or
available by phone or email. 3 Years (30) if no Foreign Language
Health and Safety 1 Year (10) 1 Year (10)
Vocational Education 2 Years (20) 2 Years (20)
Gorman Learning Center Electives 2 Years (20) 2 Years (20)
Physical Education 2 Years (20) 2 Years (20)
is shaped to fit the student, Examinations PSAT(gr 11); ACT and/or SAT I CAHSEE
SAT II Subject Exams
Minimum Total GPA of 1.5
not the other way around. Minimum GPA of 2.0 or “C” on
all College Prep Courses
GPA Standards Overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
If a student fails to complete the assigned work in a Learning Pe- College entrance requirements vary by
school and are on a competitive basis
riod or to participate in the scheduled IST meeting, the IST will
submit a Missing Assignment Report (MAR). At that point, the MATHEMATICS ELECTIVES SCIENCE ELECTIVES
student has five school days to make up and submit the missing Consumer Math (10) Geology (10) California History and Geo. (10)
Business Math (10) Chemistry (10) Mexican-American History (10)
work or reschedule and attend the missed meeting. Three Missing Trigonometry (10) Physics (10) African-American History (10)
Pre Calculus (10) Anatomy & Physiology (10) Sociology (10)
Calculus (10) Environmental Science (10) Psychology (10)
Assignment Reports in a school year can result in the withdrawal Statistics (10) Marine Biology (10) European History (10)
Analytical Math (10) Agricultural Science (10) Western Civilization (10)
of the student from Gorman Learning Center.
ENGLISH ELECTIVES HEALTH AND SAFETY FOR INFORMATION
As part of the process of completing assignments, parents and
students maintain a Learning Log and a PE Log. Remember, it is Courses may be 1 or 2 Health (5) Your IST
semesters (5 or 10 units) Advanced Health (5) or
World Literature Nutrition (5)
very important to update these records daily! Each Learning Log Journalism Child Development (5) Gorman Counseling Dept.
Creative Writing Parenting (5) 1826 Orange Tree Lane
covers one Learning Period, so parents may find that it serves as a Yearbook Driver’s Education [Textbook] Redlands, CA 92374
Speech/Debate Driver’s Training - contact Attn: Lynnette Coutts
day-to-day calendar as well as a record of work completed. The Shakespeare local provider outside GLC-HS 909-307-6312
Children’s Literature CPR and First Aid
Remedial English Water Safety/Lifeguard firstname.lastname@example.org
Gorman Learning Center Calendar is included in this Handbook
to provide a look at the whole year and the configuration of
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2009-2010 School Year Calendar Your IST’s Responsibility
Learning Period M T W TH F Holidays and Important Dates
August 10 11 12 13 14 The Independent Study Teacher is a parent’s guide, coach and
17 18 19 20 21 Professional Development Day resource. The IST is there to hold students accountable for the
24 25 26 27 28
completion of assignments and achievement of learning results.
September 1 31 1 2 3 4 School Starts
7 8 9 10 11 Labor Day The following are the basic duties and functions of the IST:
19 14 15 16 17 18
21 22 23 24 25 • To work with the parent and the student to create a semester
28 29 30 1 2 learning plan that meets California State Standards for
October 2 5 6 7 8 9 academic achievement.
20 12 13 14 15 16
19 20 21 22 23 Professional Development Day
• To assign each student monthly work, order books and
26 27 28 29 30 materials, and maintain a record of all assignments for the
November 3 2 3 4 5 6 CAHSEE Testing student’s file at the GLC office.
19 9 10 11 12 13 Veteran's Day
• To assist the parent in providing day-to-day teaching, by
16 17 18 19 20 P1 = 58 Days
meeting with each parent and student at least every 20 days,
23 24 25 26 27 Thanksgiving Holiday
December 4 30 1 2 3 4
and to sustain open communication, including availability to
18 7 8 9 10 11 answer parent questions or requests for assistance within one
14 15 16 17 18 school day.
21 22 23 24 25 Winter Break
• With GLC staff, to administer to students regular
28 29 30 31 1 Dec. 23 thru Jan. 1
January 5 4 5 6 7 8
12 11 12 13 14 15 • With the parent, to choose appropriate curriculum that meets
18 19 20 21 22 Martin Luther King Day the California State Standards as well as each student’s
25 26 27 28 29 learning needs.
February 6 1 2 3 4 5 CAHSEE Testing
19 8 9 10 11 12 • To provide direct assistance and coordinate student’s learning
15 16 17 18 19 Presidents Day to high standards through regular meetings with the parent
22 23 24 25 26 and student, lesson planning, consultation, and resource
March 7 1 2 3 4 5 STAR Writing check-out.
19 8 9 10 11 12
15 16 17 18 19 CAHSEE Testing
• With the High School Counselor, to create a graduation
22 23 24 25 26 learning plan which puts each student on track to earn a high
8 29 30 31 1 2 Spring Break school diploma.
April 15 5 6 7 8 9 P2 = 141 days
• To monitor student progress by identifying learning needs,
12 13 14 15 16 STAR Testing
regularly assigning schoolwork, collecting, evaluating, and
19 20 21 22 23 STAR Testing
9 26 27 28 29 30 STAR Testing
submitting completed work for student records, and assessing
May 20 3 4 5 6 7 student mastery of the California State Standards.
10 11 12 13 14 CAHSEE Testing • To assist in implementation of accommodations for students
17 18 19 20 21 Graduation - May 20, 2010
with an IEP or a 504 Plan.
10 24 25 26 27 28 School Ends
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The Parent’s Responsibility
As the primary source of instruction and accountability for the
student, the parent is assuming responsibility for the daily school Field Trips for High School Students
work and progress towards completion of assignments. In Gorman Learning Center offers field trips to high school students each
addition, the IST depends upon the parent to provide current and year.
accurate information that may affect the student’s academics or
continued enrollment in the school. It is the parent’s The sophomore/junior field trip has traditionally had a college campus
responsibility: as its destination. The goal of this trip is to give students a concrete
experience to help them visualize their post-high school educational
The senior field trip celebrates the achievements of all soon-to-be high
school graduates. Most years, students get together for a Grad Night
consisting of a live dramatic production and an elegant dinner with
Other High School Information
Military: Any student planning on entering the Armed Services must
take at least 15 units of college credit while enrolled with GLC in order
To complete and sign required forms in a timely fashion and to
to be accepted into the military.
notify the IST of changes in information regarding residency, con-
tact numbers and email addresses.
Independent Study: Even at the High School level, a primary caregiver
must still be available to work with the student.
To attend first student/teacher appointment and subsequent ap-
pointments, giving prior notice when it is necessary to reschedule Transcripts: 10th through 12th grade students enrolling in GLC must
submit a current transcript from their last high school of attendance to
the Counseling Office.
To provide daily instruction to the student and review progress
towards completion of assignments throughout the course of
Course Load: High School students may NEVER take more than eight
each Learning Period
classes within one semester. The norm is six or seven during the
regular year and a maximum of two during summer. Special permission
To ensure that students participate in testing from the Counseling Office must be obtained for a student to take
eight courses. The maximum permissible is 40 units per semester.
To prevent avoidable damage and destruction to textbooks and
materials provided by the school and to return school property in UC Bound Students: Use the UC systems college mentoring system at
a timely fashion at the end of the year or upon student withdrawal http://www.csmentor.edu. This system tracks college bound progress
from the school according to what UC expects.
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Exams at the High School Level The Monthly Assignment and Daily Work
Testing at the high school level can be complex and confusing, Students in grades K-8 will have Semester Learning Plans with
but there are main areas that all students need to be aware of. clear, measurable goals that will be tied to a specific time period.
Most testing is date sensitive; therefore it is important to pay at-
tention to registration and testing dates. These plans will be developed for each child and reflect goals and
objectives that are appropriate for the student’s age, learning style,
All students are required to take the California High School Exit and developmental level.
Exam (CAHSEE). ISTs will notify their students of when and
where they will take the CAHSEE. Students who do not pass a
section or sections of the CAHSEE by the time of graduation • Students must complete all assignments by the end of
may stay with Gorman for up to two additional years in order to the Learning Period.
re-attempt and pass those sections. Another option is for the stu- • By the time of the scheduled Monthly Appointment,
dent to accept a Certificate of Completion. the parent and student should have all work gathered,
organized in a portfolio by course, and clearly labeled
Ninth through eleventh graders are given STAR, a state standard-
with the student’s name, earned score and the date it
ized test. Twelfth graders are exempt. Denice Burchett
(email@example.com) is currently the testing coordinator for
these two exams and is in charge of informing ISTs of testing • For points-based assignments, the parent is responsible
dates and requirements and distributing testing materials. GLC to score the work and note the number correct possi-
administers both of these tests. Please contact Denice if you have ble (i.e. 5 out of a possible 10 would be “5/10”). ISTs
specific testing questions. will assist parents unsure how to mark a piece of work.
The SAT test, PSAT and AP exams are given at the student’s lo- • Writing submissions should include student name,
cal district high school. These tests are date sensitive and need to prompt code, or the prompt itself, and have no mark-
be registered for in advance. Students need to contact their local ings (no score, grade, or corrections to the student’s
district high school for registration information. A student can work). In the case of revisions, the first draft should be
also register online by going to www.collegeboard.com, and look- attached behind the revised draft.
ing for the specific exams. These exams are not mandatory but are • All work must be the student’s own. Students may not
recommended for college reporting purposes, and financial aid have access to answer keys. Plagiarized work will not
(Cal-Grant) purposes. be accepted, and plagiarism or other forms of aca-
The California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) is for demic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action up to
students who may opt out of completing high school. To take this and including withdrawal from Gorman Learning
exam, students must be at least sixteen and/or have completed Center. (See Plagiarism Policy on page 24.)
the full year of tenth grade. See www.chspe.net for specifics.
Upon passing the CHSPE, the student may stay enrolled or with-
draw from school, in which case the Counseling Office will re- Grading and Report Cards
quire a copy of the Certificate of Equivalency and a letter from
the parent stating that the student has successfully passed the ISTs compile Report Cards and Progress Reports. Parents should
CHSPE and is opting out of completing high school. Parents and keep all copies of student Report Cards and High School
students should research and confirm acceptance of CHSPE with Transcripts.
students’ future goals.
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Gorman Learning Center strives to uphold parental choice AP/UC Courses
through individualized instruction for its students. Parental input
is a necessary part of designing a course of study for each student. Gorman Learning Center currently offers two options for AP
Given GLC’s unique structure and our mission to serve each courses. First, through Aventa Learning online. Second, through
student’s needs while addressing state standards, a “one size fits testing with the college board. (Register online at
all” curriculum is not mandated. The best curricular choices are www.collegeboard.com.)
made for each student when parent input and teacher expertise
work towards a common goal. For UC courses we offer a full course listing of UC-approved cur-
riculum. The “a-g” list is detailed on the website.
If a student is accelerated and desires to get college credit by a
“test out” method, the student should check into which colleges
offer “CLEP” testing for high school students. This is a great way
to get a head start on college credit – it may save time and money,
and it looks great to UC. These exams are not easy – they are set
at the college level. For more information on “CLEP” testing go
Curriculum choices are shaped by several factors:
• State law requires that no sectarian (religious) material be
requested, ordered or included in student work samples. GLC offers summer school on a case by case basis depending on
• Traditional and technology-based learning programs are need and IST availability. High school core courses cannot be
available, allowing for curriculum configurations that taken during summer school. A student may request that his or
accommodate wide differences in student learning styles, her IST assign work for a maximum of two courses for credit
abilities, and interests, which traditional school settings may over summer. Monthly assignment reports, monthly work logs,
not be as effective at accommodating. and work samples are collected at the end of summer for credit,
issued by the IST on a report card to the Counseling Office. A
• Each IST has familiarity with and access to products from a maximum of 10 units can be earned over summer – unless the
variety of publishers and companies, making it possible to calculation considers a course taken at a community college. Stu-
bring together a wide range of learning resources and dents and parents should consult with their ISTs to determine
supplies. The IST will guide the parent in selecting whether a summer school program would be beneficial.
appropriate resources to meet the goals and objectives of the
California State Standards, focus choices of products and
materials that serve the primary core curriculum of language
arts, math, science, and social studies, and refer the parent to
Vendor Course Instruction, where available, that will meet
each student’s needs.
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Co-enrollment at community colleges is recommended for students age Independent Study takes a great deal of discipline, both from the
16 and older who are ready and able to handle college level work and the parent and from the student. Though it works for many families
college environment. A student may take a maximum of two college in our school, any one of them can tell you that they had to make
courses with a minimum of four GLC courses. During summer school, a changes to their daily routine to encourage a consistent school
student may take a maximum of two college courses or a minimum of environment. The following tips might be helpful if you are new
two GLC elective courses. A student may apply at a college utilizing the to this adventure.
high school enrollment package obtained from the college admissions
office. Students under 16 years of age who are planning to apply for
college courses may need a special student admittance form signed by the
The Schoolwork Station:
GLC High School Counselor. College applicants may be required to take
the college entrance exam as well. To purchase college-required books, • Parents are advised to set up a “schoolwork station” for the
the student should take a printout of classes to the approved and student where there are few distractions. It may take some
participating college bookstore and obtain the books’ ISBN number, trial and error, as parents and students figure out what kind of
publisher name, and cost including tax. The student should take the book environment will work best. Even if there is not enough
information to the IST, who will fill out a requisition form to turn in to available space to have a separate room or area for students to
the warehouse for a Purchase Order. Upon approval of the requisition, do their schoolwork, students should have a place that is neat,
the Purchase Order will be faxed to the college bookstore. At that time, free of distracting clutter, and quiet.
the IST and/or student may pick up the books. Only books approved • Predictable routines are helpful. Parents should establish
and within the college book semester budget will be on the Purchase consistent school hours and protect that time from changes
Order. After the class is over, all non-consumable books must be of plans or outside distractions. This empowers students to
returned to the IST for restocking in the warehouse. become self-guided. They will know when a certain hour
GLC cannot reimburse the comes that it is time to begin work or end it. Each student’s
parent or student for pur- learning style should be taken into account when parents
chases of books. In order to establish school time.
receive both High School and • It is a good idea not to answer phone calls during “school
college credits, the student hours,” and/or to keep the answering machine on low
must let his or her IST know volume and cell phones off so that they are not a distraction.
what courses they are taking at Having guests or making appointments during this time
the college prior to the course should also be avoided.
beginning, and must also pro-
vide a copy of the syllabus and • If one sibling finishes his or her schoolwork before another,
there should be activities planned or made available to occupy
monthly work samples for the IST to turn in with the monthly paper- him or her somewhere else so as not to cause a distraction for
work. Upon completion of the college courses, the IST will put the col- a student still working.
lege course on a report card to be turned in to the office. The counseling • Taking breaks in between subjects to move around for a
office will calculate the credits once an official transcript is received from minute or two helps students retain information. Students
the college. Official transcripts must be sent by the college before the often have lower retention when they have been looking at
end of the spring semester of the student’s senior year in order for the the same material for more than 20 minutes.
student to receive credit in a timely fashion.
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Parents of students receiving special education services should Driver’s Ed
discuss with their ISTs and service providers effective strategies
for fulfilling the accommodations laid out in the student’s IEP. Students who take Driver’s Education with Gorman Learning
The independent study model allows for a much greater degree of Center complete the book work component under the
flexibility for meeting students’ needs and requires parents, supervision of the IST and earn five units for graduation, but no
teachers and providers to share equal responsibility for ensuring pink slip. In order to obtain a pink slip, students should go
that each Special Education student’s IEP is followed. through a GLC vendor or outside agency for the classroom
component of Driver’s Ed and behind-the-wheel training.
As your student’s primary teacher, you will be equipped to
challenge your student at their own pace. Students who are already licensed to drive must turn in a copy of
the license to the Counseling Office for credit.
Some parent responsibilities include:
Participation in IEP meetings VAPA
Arriving on time and participating in all scheduled appointments VAPA stands for Visual and Performing Arts. A high school
Driving up to 25 miles to a service location student needs to obtain 20 units in this category in order to fulfill
the graduation requirement. Also, this category can be combined
Completing and signing necessary forms throughout your with the required 10 units of Foreign Language to make a total of
student’s participation in the Special Education program. 30 VAPA units. This option is only advisable for students who do
Communicating any questions or concerns to the Special not plan to enroll in a UC or other college that requires Foreign
Education department Language credit. The VAPA category requirement can be met in
many ways. All VAPA courses must be scheduled on the master
agreement and work samples must be turned in to the IST.
Exceptional Students, Exceptional Needs
“Vocational education” describes any subject that is career- or
Gorman offers Title I supplemental services through Categorical job-oriented. The requirement in this category is a minimum of 20
Programs as provided by the State and Federal guidelines. We units done during the high school years. There are many ways to
offer online instructional programs as well as small-group tutoring fulfill this requirement. For credit in this category, students must
in various regions for students grades 3-12 who are struggling in keep and complete a VAPA/Voc. Ed. time log and turn it in
math or reading. monthly to the IST. Requests for Work Permits can be issued
Students participating in Title I are expected to be consistent in when needed via website download. Completed forms may be
their involvement and effort. Through engagement with Title I faxed to (909) 793-5964. The work permit will be mailed to the
services, a Basic or Below Basic test score can transform from a employer.
roadblock into an opportunity to make new, achievable goals.
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GLC High School Assessments
High School Counselor Every school is required by the state to administer assessments,
which the state uses to ensure that schools are performing
Gorman Learning Center’s High School Counselor is there to be effectively. In addition to state requirements, the school must
a resource and a guide to parents of high school students. Parents implement assessments in order to obtain and hold accreditation
should set up an appointment with the High School Counselor to from WASC. By participating in these and our own in-house
talk about student High School Graduation Plans and what assessments, students help the school put together an accurate
coursework a student needs to complete in order to receive a and meaningful picture of how well the school is doing. In
High School Diploma. More information about Gorman High addition, state tests are designed specifically to address state
School is available on the GLC website. standards, so test results should be used to inform instruction and
ensure continued progress towards mastery of the standards.
Graduation Requirements The following assessments are given over the course of the
Gorman Learning Center’s high school graduation requirements
consist of 220 units (category-specific). A table of requirements by CST/STAR Testing (Grades 2-11)
category can be found on the website as well as in this handbook.
It is important to adhere to these requirements in order to This yearly test covers Language Arts and Mathematics for all stu-
graduate on time with the appropriate courses. Attending to these dents and Social Studies and Science at certain grade levels, and it
requirements at the high school level is part of ensuring a is a central part of the State government’s school ranking system,
student’s timely graduation. called the Academic Performance Index, intended to hold schools
accountable for learning results.
STAR Writing (Grades 4 & 7)
A “grad check” is a review of a student’s transcript so far, to
determine whether the student is on track to meet all graduation In addition to the Language Arts and Mathematics portions of the
requirements. An IST or a parent can request that the high school test, 4th and 7th graders write a response to a prompt, which is
counselor grad check their student at any time during the course evaluated to monitor student progress towards writing skills mas-
of high school. tery.
PFT (Grades 5, 7, & 9)
The Physical Fitness Test (PFT) is required of all students in Cali-
Graduation Ceremonies are held each year. The High School
fornia. All students in grade 5, 7 and 9 will be tested in the spring
Counselor will notify graduates of the details during the spring
of each school year, sometime between February 1 and May 31.
semester. When all requirements have been met, the High School
Counselor performs a final grad check and sends graduates their
Assessment and CAHSEE information continued on the next
diplomas, which parents should expect to arrive in the mail during
the month of August.
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CAHSEE: California High School Exit Exam (beginning
High school students in the state of California must pass the
CAHSEE before they are eligible for a high school diploma. Stu-
dents have multiple opportunities to pass the test, and CAHSEE High School
prep curriculum is available to support students. The test is
roughly 8th grade level Language Arts and Math.
Gorman Learning Center is fully accredited by the Contents:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Your High School Counselor
Benchmark and Scantron Testing (All Grades) Driver’s Ed
These assessments, administered three times during the year, once Vocational Ed
at the beginning of each semester and once at the end of the year, College Co-Enrollment
are GLC’s in-house measure of student progress towards subject AP and UC
area mastery. They enable teachers and parents to detect any gaps
Exams at the High School level
or struggles students are having and provide feedback and work- Field Trips and Special Events
sheets to help meet those needs Other High School Information
. School Year Calendar
Chapter Tests, Midterms, Finals (All Grades) Table of Graduation Requirements
Part of subject area curriculum is periodic assessment of student
mastery of the material in particular curriculum units and over
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