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					View Park Prep
        School  2010-2011
          Parent & Student
                 Inner City Education Foundation
                                            Est. 1994

Inner City Education Foundation Programs:

View Park Prep Summer Program                                       1996
View Park Prep After School Program                                 1996
View Park Prep Childcare Program                                    1997
View Park Prep Accelerated Charter School                           1999
View Park Prep Accelerated Charter Middle School                    2001
View Park Prep Accelerated Charter High School                      2003

                           Inner City Education Foundation
                                  Mission Statement
The Inner City Education Foundation's (ICEF) mission is to offer students at-risk an excellent
education in their own community. ICEF will establish small, non-sectarian charter schools and
enrichment programs that provide students with a rigorous traditional education while
incorporating information-age tools and resources. These charter schools and programs will
feature a personal approach to learning with a low student-teacher ratio and one-on-one tutoring.
In this fertile learning environment, students will master basic skills and core knowledge to form
a foundation for higher learning. ICEF will instill in its students a desire to return to the
community in which they were raised to be the next generation of leaders, teachers,
professionals, and donors.

ICEF Board of Trustees

Stephen C. Smith, Chairman
Michael Piscal, CEO
Corri Ravare, President
Rebecca L. Bunn
Carl Cohn
Bridgid Coulder
Corey Dantzler
Russell Goings
Julie Kellner
William Lucas
David G. Moore
Pat McCabe
Professor Simeon Slovacek, Ph.D.
Greg Sommers
Kevin O’Brien

                               Table of Contents

I. Structure & Organization
        Administration, Faculty, and Staff                5
        Organizational Chart                              6
        Mission Statement                                 7
        Goals and Objectives                              7
        Curriculum Philosophy                             8
II. Principles and Values of Our Organization
        Principles                                        9
        Values                                            9
III. Involvement Opportunities
        Parent Involvement                                10
        Cadres/Subcommittees                              10
        Committee Meetings                                10
        Parent Orientation Training                       10
        Volunteering                                      11
        After school Program Volunteers                   11
        Volunteer Log                                     12
        Volunteer Report                                  12
IV. Steering Committee                                    12
V. School as a Whole                                      12
        Parent Information Meetings                       13
        Grade Level Meetings                              13
VI. Public Relations                                      13
VII. Daily Schedule Policy and Procedures
        Admissions Policy                                 14
        Field Trips                                       14
        Immunizations                                     14
        Readmission to School after Certain Illness       14
        Prescribed Medication in School                   14
        Emergency Cards                                   15
        Excuses from Physical Education                   15
        Contacting Your Child                             15
        Visitors                                          15
        Personal Family Emergencies                       15
        Parent Absence                                    15
        After School Release                              16
        Colds/Communicable Disease                        16
        Lost and Found                                    16

         Lunch Program                            16
         Fire/Earthquake Drills                   16
         Earthquake Preparedness                  16
 VIII. Academic Policies and Procedures
         Report Cards                             17
         Teacher Conferences                      17
         Honor Roll                               17
         Grade Point System                       18
         ICEF Graduation Requirements             19
         Work Habits and Cooperation Grades       19
         Honors Class Designation                 20
         Grade Level Classification               20
         Community Service                        20
         Academic Eligibility                     20
         Academic Integrity                       20
         Academic Probation                       22
         Faculty Recommendations Requests         22
         Homework Policy                          22
         SSR                                      23
         Assessment and Testing                   23
         School Operating Hours                   23
         Daily Attendance                         23
         Programs After School Hours              24
         Regular Hours of Attendance              24
         Consequences for Tardiness               25
         Textbooks                                25
         Internet                                 26
         Electronics                              26
         Skateboards and/or Bicycles              26
 IX. Student/School Conduct
         School Conduct                           27
         Consequences                             28
         STEP Program                             28
         Discipline                               30
         Suspension Leading to Expulsion          33
 X. Student Behavior Policy
         Student Expectations                     34
         Dress and Safety Code                    35
XIII. Handbook Contract                           37
         Sign-Off                                 38


Dr. Darnise Williams                Director of VPPACHS (9-12)
Norb Sznajder                       Assistant Director of VPPACHS (9-12)
Shamaine Ford                       PSW
Christopher Hurd                    College Counselor
Robert Ambers & Denise Woods        Athletic Directors
Krystal Walton                      Special Ed/Resource Teacher
Teresa M. Pleasant                  Office Manager
Cymone Kemp                         Office Assistant
Philicia Walker                     Parent Liaison
Michael Piscal                      CEO and Founder
Corri Ravare                        President
Mellisa Kaplan                      Chief Academic Officer
Debra Price                         Director of School Site Operations
Dwight Sanders                      Head of View Park Preparatory Schools
David Morrow                        Director of ICEF High Schools (9-12)

Teacher                             Subject
Sergio Almaguer                      Math-Calculus/Algebra
Will McCloud                        Mathematics-Geometry
Eric Yu                             Mathematics-Algebra I
Tony Slayton                        Mathematics- Pre-Calculus
Crystal Adams                       English
Genevieve Richards                  English
Tiffany Edwards/Department Chair    AP Literature
Cassandra Villa                     AP Literature/Language
Kalina Flores                       Spanish I
Dr. Todd Barnett                    Spanish II
Herbert Foxworth/Department Chair   Spanish III/AP Spanish
Faith Hardridge/Department Chair    US History/Government
Lucy Pinkwater                      Modern World/US History
Ambar Ohemeng                       Modern World
Aigerim Duiseneyeva                 Modern World
Ken Henderson                       Physical Education
Andrew Miller/Department Chair      Health/Biology
Ryan Hueto                          Anatomy/ Physiology/Environmental Science
Michelle Roseway-Peart              Physics/Chemistry
Sora Lee                            Biology
Jelena Trifunovic                   AP Biology
Nicholas Brenshaw                   Chemistry/Biology

Support Staff
Chidoze Ollawa                      Director of Special Education
Desiree McNeal                      Math Department Chair
Kathy Dominguez                     Director of College Counseling

                                     2010-2011 Organization Chart
                                            Dr. Darnise Williams
   Curriculum & Instruction               Assistant Director                   Approval of Correspondence
   General Coordination/Oversight         Personnel Relationships              Community/Parent Relations
   Department Chairpersons                Personnel Evaluation                 Public Relations: Community,
   Student Success Team                   ICEF Liaison                          Business, Agencies,
   Faculty Meetings &                     Departments: English                  Government, Media,
    Professional Development                Language Arts, Social Studies,        Partnerships
   Academic Advisement Team                & Foreign Languages                  Vision & Mission
   New Teacher Support (BTSA)             Master Calendar                      Accountability
                                           Special Education                    Budget
                                                                                 WASC
                                             Mr. Norb Sznajder
                                                Assistant Director
   Discipline                            Textbooks                            Daily Plant Operations
   Athletics                             Opening & Closing Procedures         Equipment & Keys
   Bell Schedules                        Report Cards & Enrollment            Supervision of Custodial Staff
   Supervision of Security               Testing Coordinator                  Student Success Teams
    Personnel                             Emergency Procedures & Drills        Crisis Team
   Law Enforcement Liaison               Departments: Math, Science &         Special Education (Backup)
                                           Physical Education                   WASC
                                          Enforcement of School Rules
                                          Tardy Sweeps
                                          Administrative Searches
    Mr. Christopher Hurd                     Mr. Robert Ambers                     Ms. Denise Woods
        College Counselor                       Athletic Director                     Athletic Director
   Student Program                       Athletic Events                      Athletic Events
   Master Schedules                      Athletic Eligibility                 Athletic Eligibility
   College Counseling & Career           Coaches & Assistants                 Coaches & Assistants
    Planning                              Game Supervision                     Game Supervision
   Academic Advisement                   Sports Schedule                      Sports Schedule
     Ms. Cymone Kemp                       Mrs. Teresa Pleasant                   Ms. Philicia Walker
     Assistant Office Manager                      Office Manager                     Parent Liaison
   Assist with office duties             Tracking of Average Daily          Parent Liaison
   Tardy & Early Leave Passes             Attendance (ADA)                   Parent volunteer opportunities
   Year Book                             Maintain/Prepare Statistical         & service hours
   Textbook                               Reports                            Parent Information Meetings
                                          School Correspondence              Transportation – Field Trips
                                          Substitute Teacher Coverage        Parent training & scheduling
                                          School inventory                   Fundraising activities & records
                                          Student Documents                  Facility/classroom utilization
                                          Report Cards                         scheduling
                                          Powerschool
                                          Web-site Manager
     Ms. Krystal Walton                      Ms. Shamaine Bonds
        Resource Specialist                           PSW
   Special Ed/ Resource Teacher          Crisis Counseling
   IEP                                   School Wide Positive Behavior
   Collaborative Model                   Support Plan


View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter High School’s mission is:

       To prepare our students to attend and to compete academically at the best colleges and
        universities in the nation.

       To expand the choices that parents and students have for a first rate educational
        opportunity within the public school system.

       To realize this vision by discovering and by developing each student’s gifts and talents.


   To offer students excellence in education and a sense of purpose.

   To help each student to be a loyal and responsible citizen.

   To prepare students for other schools and colleges.

   To train students to be self-disciplined.

   To help the student in his/her growth toward becoming a responsible adult, an outstanding
    student and a person with respect for others and himself/herself.

   To develop in each student the skills of creative thinking and evaluative reasoning.

   To instill a sense of fairness, competence and self-reliance in work and play.

                             Curriculum Philosophy

View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter High School’s curriculum is based on one
fundamental assumption from which all our actions and decisions about curricula are based:
every student in grades 9-12 at VPPACHS will go on to attend and compete academically at one
of the top 100 colleges and universities in the nation. Our students will be competitive
academically at these institutions, and therefore, we have designated an extremely rigorous and
comprehensive course of study.

The staff and faculty of VPPACHS believe that all children can learn and achieve. To that end,
we make every effort to help struggling students stay on the path to success. We believe that we
are here to service our school’s population and the community through dedicated and informed

The VPPACHS academic year is organized into two semesters. Each semester, students are
expected to carry no fewer than six academic subjects chosen from the English, Foreign
Language, Mathematics, Science, History and Social Studies departments. In addition, all
students are required to participate in the extracurricular programs of the school by completing
their Fine Arts, Physical Education/Athletics, and Community Service requirements. As students
proceed through the course-selection process, they are guided by their academic and college
counselors to ensure that all requirements, not only for the UC system but for any college or
university to which a VPPACHS student seeks admission, will be met. Good academic standing
and a commitment to honor are essential to upholding the school’s mission.

          Please note: Any policy may be modified at the discretion of the Administrative Team.

                                     SCHOOL PRINCIPLES

Unity of Purpose - All members of the school community share a dream for the school and
work together toward common goals that benefit all students;

Empowerment Coupled with Responsibility - Every member of the school community is
empowered to share in decision-making, in the responsibility for implementing of decisions and
being held accountable for the outcomes of decisions;

Building on Strengths - Accelerated school communities recognize and utilize the knowledge,
talents and resources of every member of the school community.

The three principles of the accelerated school process imply that everyone
participates in the leadership and decision making in the school.



          Please note: Any policy may be modified at the discretion of the Administrative Team.


        “The role of parent involvement is extensive and must include support for
        education in the home and at school, shared responsibilities in decisions and
        activities at the school, and participation in organizations that reflect the
        community’s collaborative aspirations for the education, health and well being of
        all children.”

The View Park Prep Accelerated Charter High School will continually seek to involve
parents/guardians and other family members in every aspect of their child’s educational process.
Parents should always report to the office when entering the campus during the day.

Please observe the following regulations:

1.   Enter and leave the room quietly.
2.   Do not converse with the teacher during class time.
3.   You are requested to limit your visit to 20 minutes.
4.   If you wish to confer with the teacher, please schedule a conference.

Parents and family will make a difference at the VPPACHS by being visible members of the
school community as a whole. Parents can be involved in a variety of activities from office
support to being an active member of a Cadre/Committee. If you wish to observe your child’s
classroom after the first two weeks of school, please make arrangements with the Director of the
High School.


The Parent Leadership Program has been established to increase parent involvement at
VPPACHS. Our belief is that VPPACHS parents are important assets and their participation is
essential to improving student achievement. This program will allow parents to work
collaboratively in leadership roles and share their talents and skills with all stakeholders. The
minimum requirements to participate include, but are not limited to: being in compliance with
the VPPACHS Family Contract, completing the parent leadership orientation/training, and you
are a parent/guardian of a VPPACHS student.


Cadres consist of various subcommittees that help support their respective area of school needs.
They use the inquiry process to address solutions. Cadres do not have decision-making power;
however, their suggestions are weighed by the School As a Whole and a consensus is reached.
Cadres are comprised of members from the school community: teachers, support staff,
administrators, parents, students and community members. These cadres are subject to change in
accordance with a needs assessment and consensus from all school stakeholders.

All committees will meet at the Cadre level. All meetings must be scheduled through the Parent
Liaison. Neither volunteer credit nor acknowledgment of any decisions made at an unauthorized
meeting will be given. An unauthorized meeting is any meeting that had not been scheduled
through the Parent Liaison or Administration Office.

Parent, teacher, and student representation from each grade can increase communication and
collaboration within a cadre at the grade level and the school as a whole.

All new VPPACHS parents, families and staff are required to attend a1-day training in the
charter school process.

The purpose of the training is to help guide you through the multi layered VPPACHS
governance structure, the process. It will better equip and empower each of us with a working
understanding of the Accelerated process. This training enables the parents and faculty of
VPPACHS to enhance the students learning opportunities, and serve the greater good of the
school as a whole.

Parents who understand and support the philosophy of the school, and are involved in the child’s
day-to-day activities, contribute in positive, lasting ways to their child’s academic success.
Parents who attend the parent orientation training will receive volunteer hours.

         As a parent volunteer at View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter High
         School, I agree that it is my responsibility to preserve and protect the right of
         privacy of any child that I observe, or have contact within the course of my work
         at school. I will protect the confidentiality of children by not discussing them
         with others. I will contact only the child’s teachers if I have pertinent
         information that must be shared.

 Volunteers must provide proof of current TB shot prior to volunteering.
 Volunteer hours must be completed by the end of the last Friday in May. 40 hours total must be
  completed per family of the same household.
 The sign-in sheet must be signed when attending any meetings. This sheet is used to credit your time
  for approved meetings.
 The volunteer sign-in log is located in the Main Office.
 Hours will be credited for field trips, see your parent liaison for details.
 Personal parties are not credited volunteer time.
 Volunteer time is credited for trainings, PIM, Cadre/Committee Meetings, and all other ICEF
  approved activities.
 You will receive two [2] hours of volunteer time per family for attending the PIM/parent grade level
  meetings. You must attend 70% of these meetings to be in compliance with the school contract.
 Minors/students may not volunteer on behalf of parents/guardians.
 Credit for volunteer in the After School Program is given at the authorization of the After School
  Director. You must coordinate your volunteer work with the After School Director otherwise your
  hours will not be credited.
 Only 5 volunteer hours can be donated by another ICEF family. Hours must be worked and cannot be
  subtracted from hours previously accrued.
 All ICEF families are required to attend school orientations, governance trainings and a minimum of
  3 parent workshops.
 Anyone who volunteers at another ICEF campus are required to complete the alternate school site
  form and return it to your parent liaison.

Credit for volunteers in the After School Program is given at the authorization of the School Site
Administrator. You must coordinate your volunteer work with the School Site Administrator
otherwise your hours will not be credited.
It is imperative that you know and understand the procedure of how to log in your volunteer
hours and how the school credits them. If you are unclear as to when and where to log your
hours ask a school administrator for help. Please print clearly and complete all entries in the
volunteer log so hours can be credited properly. Incomplete information is considered
incomplete. Volunteers will log their family’s authorized school support activities using
volunteer sign-in sheets provided by the school. Your child will have a sheet in the volunteer
notebook, which is kept in the main office.
Volunteer Time Sheet
Each family will have their own volunteer sign-in sheet, which is maintained in the Volunteer
Log Notebook found in the main office. This sheet is filed by your child’s last name. Be sure
you are logging in under child’s name in which you want to receive the credit. We will not make
changes to our report if you log your time for the wrong student.
You must complete all entries of the sign-in sheet in order to receive credit. Be sure to acquire an
authorized signature. An authorized signature is the school staff or administrator who
authorized you to do the work.
Log in your time the same day you do the service. Volunteer time is updated weekly.
Timeliness in recording your time is your responsibility.
The school maintains a report of the recorded volunteer hours you serve. You can contact the
Parent Liaison to review this report. The school will use this report to notify you of your
volunteer status throughout the school year. It is advisable that you maintain a record of your
volunteer hours. Upon distribution of the report, you have one week to appeal the official
record. After one week, the record will stand.
After June 1st the official record can only be amended by the Steering Committee/Appeals
Board. Volunteer hours are recorded per family - it is not necessary to indicate the same
volunteer time for each child.
The steering committee is composed of the 1/3 parents (the parent chairperson of each cadre),
1/3 administration, and 1/3 teachers. The Steering Committee meets monthly to check in with the
Cadres and to funnel communication to the “School as a Whole” for discussion and decision-

The School As a Whole (SAW) is an open meeting for all staff, parents, students and
administrators, which takes place when there is a need to reach consensus. It is at the SAW that
the Cadres, having gotten feedback and approval from the Steering Committee, bring their action
plans to the school community, where everyone works to reach a consensus on whether to
implement the plan or not. The SAW may tell the Cadres that they need more work and research
before all members of the community feel ready to make a decision. Or, they may reach a
consensus to begin piloting the decision presented to the SAW.

          Please note: Any policy may be modified at the discretion of the Administrative Team.


Monthly Parent Information Meetings will be held to keep all stakeholders informed of
information and events occurring on campus. High school PIM's are held on the fourth Monday
of each month, unless otherwise noted.


Grade Level Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of each month immediately following the
Parent Information Meeting. Parents are encouraged to attend the appropriate meeting. This
meeting is for discussing the business of each grade and is lead by the Grade Level Chair and

View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter High School has been successful in providing
superior educational programs to our students and the results are evident in the test results the
school has achieved in our first two years of operation. Our success is based on the accelerated
process, which stresses parental involvement in all aspects of the school. The extraordinary
volunteer effort of the parent body has vitalized VPPACHS, and will continue to contribute to
the school’s success in the future. Your contributions are making a difference.

The parents of VPPACHS are the most important and effective ambassadors for the school to
reach out to current parents, community members, community organizations, foundations,
corporations and friends. The information contained here is designed to help you be more
effective in representing the school and answer basic questions you may have.

Press Release Distribution – View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter High School
distributes press releases to numerous local and national media contacts and supporters. If an
event is being planned, the community should be notified. Briefly write out the details of the
event, including a description of the event: who, what, where, when and why. Give this
information to Lauren Carter via her mailbox at the school or e-mail at
Lead time is critical. Most public service announcements and community planner/calendars
require a six weeks advance notice. Typically, two weeks advance notice is adequate for press
release distribution. A press release will be produced based on the information provided. A
proof will be available prior to distribution. (It is always a good idea to include a couple of
quotes and data on how the event will benefit the students, school, etc.)

Public Relations/Media Contacts – Numerous parents have relationships and contacts in the
media. If you would like to add a personal contact to the ICEF Public Schools press release
distribution list, please provide the contact information below to Lauren Carter.

Name: _____________________________________         Title: _____________
Organization/Show/Publication: ________________________________________
Address: ___________________________________________________________
City: ______________________________ State: ________ Zip: ____________
Phone: _________________________       Fax: ___________________________

          Please note: Any policy may be modified at the discretion of the Administrative Team.


View Park Prep ACHS has over 5000 students on our waiting list. By law, admission is based
on lottery with the following exceptions: Siblings of present students whose families have
fulfilled their contractual requirements with the school are given preference for admission. All
families who have upcoming kindergarten siblings must put their child’s information on the
waiting list and complete and return the sibling Letter of Intent when distributed. If this
information is not provided to the school when asked, your child’s name remains on the waiting
list with the general public.


Parent/Guardian’s permission for field trips and authorization for medical care must be
completed. This will allow your child to attend VPPACS field trips for the current school year
without sending a form home to be completed. A note detailing each trip will be provided for
parent and teacher approval. Students may not participate on extra-curricular field trips while
being ineligible. The supervising teacher will take the student’s emergency card on each trip.

Students attending field trips must recognize that they represent View Park Prep and for that
reason are expected to follow all of the rules of the school. Violation of those rules on the field
trip will lead to similar consequences as to being at school and that student will not be allowed to
attend subsequent field trips.


All students who enroll in school for the first time must show a written report of a Mantoux
(PPD) test, to show that they are free of tuberculosis. Children must also have the following
immunizations: polio (four shots), DPT (five shots), MMR (two shots), hepatitis B (three shots).
The nurse will review all immunizations, and children who do not meet state requirements will
be excluded from school until these requirements are met.


Written permission from a physician is required after hepatitis, measles (7 days from onset of
rash and otherwise recovered), meningitis, mumps, polio, scarlet fever, strep throat, whooping
cough, ringworm, tuberculosis and scabies.

Permission from the principal and written permission from a physician are required after surgery,
stitches, casts, orthopedic appliances, or previous illnesses requiring hospitalization.

Permission from the principal or staff is required for chicken pox (7 days from onset of rash and
primary crusts dry), pink eye/conjunctivitis, pneumonia, influenza, German measles,
mononucleosis, colds, impetigo and pediculosis (head lice).


Students may only receive medication during school hours with a written request from the
parent/guardian and from the physician who is responsible for the medical management of the
child. Parents are urged, however, to request that the physician develop a schedule in which
taking medication in school is minimized or eliminated. Requests should be processed through
the office staff.

All medications must be stored in the school office in the original prescription bottle, labeled
with dosage instructions, and be administered in the office. No student may carry his or her own
medication or take medication unsupervised. Please fill out the Medication Request Form, found
in the office, only if your child needs medication during school hours.

If your child takes medication regularly during non-school hours, you should leave a short term
supply in the office to be used in case of an emergency, such as an earthquake. Please fill out the
Medication Request Form and label it in red “For Emergency Use Only.”


An emergency card must be completed and returned to school. One completed emergency card
is kept in the office with the office manager. Also, the school and your child’s teacher must be
informed immediately of any changes pertaining to the emergency cards. This information is
critical in emergency situations when parents must be reached hastily, e.g., if a child is ill or


Any child who is to be excused, for reasons of health, from physical education or any other
normal school activity, must bring a note from home to the school office stating the reason why
and the duration of the excuse. This note will be sent to the appropriate teacher.


View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter High School’s policy is to take messages for
teachers and students while they are in class. To call a teacher or student out of class is
disruptive to the classroom program. If you wish to speak with your child’s teacher, suggest
times when the teacher may return your call. If there is an emergency, please state this and the
teacher will call you as quickly as possible. If there is a family emergency, where you need to
get in touch with your child, a staff member will pass on a message and your child will return
your call as soon as possible. DO NOT contact your child via his/her cell phone. Please see the
cell phone policy.


All visitors must sign in with the office manager in the main office and wear a visitor’s badge at
all times while on campus. Visiting classrooms during instructional time is prohibited unless you
have received approval from the classroom teacher no less than 48 hours in advance.


If a family problem arises which will affect your child’s attitude, performance or emotional
disposition in school i.e., death or illness in the family, parents on trips, parental separation or
divorce, please immediately notify the Director. Confidentiality will be maintained at all times
and only shared with other individuals on a need to know basis.


If parents plan to be out of town, we require a written note that contains the names of those
individuals in charge of your child prior to your departure as well as, a telephone number to
where parents may be reached. This must be sent to the main office before you leave.

When school is dismissed students may remain on the school grounds until 4:00 PM. unless they
are participating in a school sanctioned after school activity under direct supervision of a faculty
member. Students not participating in school sanctioned activities will be escorted off school
grounds at 4:00 PM.


A student who shows signs of a cold should be kept at home. This way, a longer absence may be
prevented and classmates will be protected. When a student has a communicable disease, it must
be reported to the school immediately. If a student is running fever, they must stay home 24
hours after the fever has subsided to make sure they are not contagious. Upon returning to
school, the student must bring a doctor’s note verifying that the student has fully recovered and
is no longer infectious; without this note, we cannot allow any student to return to class. Also,
when a communicable disease occurs, the school will make every effort to contact families of
students exposed.


The Lost and Found is located under the south stair well. Please label all removable items, such
as, clothing, lunch boxes and books with your child’s name. Unclaimed articles are donated at
the end of each month.


View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter School does not provide school lunches. An outside
vendor provides all meals. It is necessary for you to provide your child lunch or enroll them in
the lunch program monthly. If your child has special dietary needs, we recommend that you
send a daily sack lunch with your child. You may bring your child lunch during the lunch session
only. You may not drop off or leave any lunches in the main office. Additionally, students may
not go off campus in order to get lunch unless a parent/guardian signs them out in the main


Fire or earthquake drills are conducted at least once a semester.


All students are required to have an earthquake kit at the school. You may purchase your own
earthquake kit. Please bring it on the first day of school. It is the responsibility of the family to
provide a kit for your child. All kits will remain at school until expiration of the kit or the child’s
termination from school.

           Please note: Any policy may be modified at the discretion of the Administrative Team.



There are two semester grading periods. Report cards will be issued as follows: 5, 10, and 15
week progress report and a 20 week final semester grade. Parents are responsible for monitoring
the academic progress of their son/daughter throughout the semester.


Informal conferences may be scheduled with teachers at any time during the school year.
Conferences are a critical part of the assessment process, where parents and teachers have the
opportunity to discuss all the academic, social and emotional growth patterns of young adults, as
well as to discuss the areas of strength and weakness.


Students can be awarded status on the honor roll at the end of each semester. Special recognition
will be made for students who have achieved Honor Roll status for both semesters. Students on
the Honor Roll must maintain a 3.0 GPA for Bronze Status, 3.5 for Silver Status, 4.0 for Gold
Status, and above 4.0 for Platinum Status with no Fails. Students on the honor roll will be
awarded with a special assembly, lunch, or other award.

The goal of the honor roll system is to prepare students to meet the requirements to be part of the
National Honor Society. Membership in the National Honor Society involves much more than
just academic merit. Academic Merit merely qualifies a student to be considered. The other
components are Service, Leadership, Character, and Citizenship.

      Service: This quality is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a student to
       the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and
       enthusiastic spirit.
      Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers,
       promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify
       positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or
       community activities while working with or for others.
      Character: The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is
       cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy,
       concern, and respect for others, and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle.
      Citizenship: The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of
       civic involvement, has a high regard for freedom, justice, and democracy, and
       demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such
       activities as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs.

          Please note: Any policy may be modified at the discretion of the Administrative Team.


In order to align our grading system with our mission that all students will be prepared to attend
and compete at the top colleges and universities in the nation we will not consider a grade lower
than 70% a passing grade or eligible for credit. By eliminating the D grade and raising the bar
for all our students, we will ensure that all ICEF graduates will truly meet our mission. The
grading scale is below.

Grade                           Percent Scale                     Grade Points
A                               100-94                            4.0
A-                              93-90                             3.7
B+                              89-87                             3.3
B                               86-84                             3.0
B-                              83-80                             2.7
C+                              79-77                             2.3
C                               76-74                             2.0
C-                              73-70                             1.7
F                               69 and below                      0.0


ICEF Graduation Course Requirements                     UC A-G Course Requirements
Subject               Credits                           Subject               Years
English               40                                English               4
Mathematics           40                                Mathematics           3
History               30                                History               2
Lab Science           30                                Lab Science           2
Foreign Language      30                                Foreign Language      2
Visual and                                              Visual and
Performing Arts       10                                Performing Arts       1
College Prep Elective 20                                College Prep Elective 2
Physical Education 15
Health                5
Additional Courses 30

TOTAL CREDITS           250

          Please note: Any policy may be modified at the discretion of the Administrative Team.


College Application

In alignment with ICEF’s mission, all students must produce a college portfolio which will show
that each student has applied to at least three four-year universities and had fully cooperated with
the college counselor. Application to appropriate colleges—not acceptance to those
universities—will fulfill the college application requirement.

AP Courses

Historically, students who take AP courses are more prepared to succeed in college and are far
more likely to graduate from college. In alignment with ICEF’s mission, beginning with the
class of 2013, all students must take at least three AP courses in order to graduate. Students in
the Class of 2012, must take at least one AP course in order to graduate. Students in the Class of
2011, are strongly encouraged to take at least one AP course in order to graduate; however, it is
not a requirement for graduation.

Students will be honored with specific AP Scholar designation on their diploma as follows.

     Three AP courses will be designated AP Scholar.
     Four AP courses will be designated AP Scholar Cum Laude.
     Five AP courses will be designated AP Scholar Magna Cum Laude.
Six or more AP courses will be designated AP Scholar Summa Cum Laude.


Students will also earn grades in work habits and citizenship. The grades will be either an “S” =
Satisfactory, or “U” = Unsatisfactory. While the work habits and citizenship grades will not
appear on student transcripts, they will be used to determine student eligibility for activities and
the honor roll. Most importantly, they should be used by the parents to assess the attitude of their
adolescent in each of their classes. These marks are earned in the following manner:

Work Habits/Citizenship

“S”: Student is doing just enough work to earn a passing grade, but it is not the grade that they
are capable of earning. The student is missing two or three homework assignments for the
quarter. The student studies for their tests and quizzes, but not enough and does not put
maximum effort into their projects.

“U”: Student is working at least 2 grades below their capabilities (i.e. an “A” student is earning a
“C”). Several homework assignments are missing. The student does not study for quizzes and
tests and puts little to no effort into projects.

          Please note: Any policy may be modified at the discretion of the Administrative Team.


Although we already teach at an accelerated pace, some students may want to excel above and
beyond what is normally expected of them. The UC Regents and other universities recognize
them and give students an additional point on their Grade Point Average for successfully
completing the course. Since we are a small school, the honors classes are contained within the
regular classes. Students will be apprised in each core classes’ syllabus of what is required of
them in order to attain the honors status.


Promotional status is based on credits earned, not years in attendance:
- 9th graders must have earned a minimum of 60 credits in order to promote to the 10th grade.
- 10th graders must have earned a minimum of 120 credits in order to promote to the 11th
- 11th graders must have earned a minimum of 180 credits in order to promote to the 12th


Part of a being a well-rounded student is being involved in one’s community. For this reason,
students will be required to complete 100 hours of community service throughout their four years
at View Park Prep (25 hours per academic year).


View Park Prep is a rigorous college prep high school. It requires 100% effort at all times.
Students who are not meeting the required number of credits or are in danger of not meeting the
required number of credits will be placed on academic probation for the period of two academic
grading periods (about 10 weeks). Students who are academically ineligible will not be allowed
to participate in any extra-curricular activities because they should be using all of their free time
to bring up their grades. Students who are academically ineligible must be attending teacher
office hours after school and attending any Saturday tutoring opportunities. If their grades do not
improve because the student is not trying to improve them, the student will have to appear before
the academic senate.

In order to be academically eligible for extra-curricular activities, clubs, and athletics, a student
must maintain a 2.0 GPA with no Fails.


What Is Academic Dishonesty?

As you know, we value academic integrity very highly and do not permit any forms of
dishonesty or deception that unfairly, improperly or illegally enhances a grade on an individual
assignment or a course grade. Please note that any incidents involving academic dishonesty will
be filed on student’s permanent record. The following is a list of behaviors that constitute
academic dishonesty. We are aware, however, that new forms of cheating, plagiarism and other
forms of dishonesty may arise and therefore, we expect every student to interpret the requirement
of academic honesty and integrity broadly and in good faith. If you have any doubt as to whether
a particular act constitutes academic dishonesty, ask a teacher before you do it!

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:

1. Cheating on Exams
2. Copying from others.
3. Having or using notes, formulas or other information in a programmable calculator or other
    electronic device without explicit teacher review and permission.
4. Having or using a communication device such as a cell phone, pager, PDA or electronic
    translator to send or obtain unauthorized information.
5. Taking an exam for another student, or permitting someone else to take a test for you.
6. Asking another to give you improper assistance, including offering money or other benefits.
7. Asking for or accepting money or any other benefit in return for giving another improper
8. Providing or receiving information about all or part of an exam, including answers (e.g.,
    telling someone in a subsequent period what was on your exam, or being told this
9. Having or using a "cheat sheet" (a piece of paper with answers, formulas, information, or
    notes of any kind) that is not specifically authorized by the teacher.
10. Altering a graded exam and resubmitting it for a better grade.
11. Working together on a take-home exam, unless specifically authorized by the teacher.
12. Gaining or providing unauthorized access to examination materials.
13. Downloading information from the internet and presenting the work product as your own.

Note: Simply having possession during an exam of any prohibited or unauthorized information
or device, whether or not it is actually used, is an act of academic dishonesty and will be dealt
with as such.

Plagiarism in Papers and Assignments
1. Giving or getting improper assistance on an assignment meant to be individual work. (When
   in doubt, ask.)
2. Including in any assignment turned in for credit any materials not based on your own
   research and writing. This includes:
       a. Using the services of a commercial term paper company.
       b. Using the services of another student.
       c. Copying part or all of another person’s paper and submitting it as your own for an
3. Acting as a provider of paper(s) for a student or students.
4. Submitting substantial portions of the same academic work for credit in more than one course
   without consulting both teachers (self-plagiarism).
5. Failing to use quotation marks where appropriate.
6. Failing to properly acknowledge paraphrased materials via textual attribution, footnotes,
   endnotes and/or a bibliography.
7. Making up data for an experiment (“fudging data”).
8. Citing nonexistent sources (articles, books, etc.).
9. Downloading information from the internet and presenting the work product as your own.

1. Misrepresenting your academic accomplishments, such as by tampering with computer
2. Deceiving a teacher or making up a false reason or excuse to get special consideration on an
   exam or an extension for an exam or paper.
3. Failing to promptly stop work on an exam when the time allocated has elapsed.
4. Forging a signature.
5. Hoarding or damaging library materials.

Note: Attempted academic dishonesty, even if unsuccessful, will be treated as academic


Academic Probation is designed for students who have earned a GPA below a 2.0.

Students on Academic Probation may not participate in any after school or extra curricular
activities including: sports, clubs, drama, Senior Activities, Student Body functions, etc., and
must attend 4 hours of tutoring per week while on Academic Probation. This can be done after
school or on Saturdays, but must be done on campus. Students must turn in a weekly tutoring log
on Mondays, signed by the tutor(s), confirming the hours. This log must be turned in to the
Counselor by Monday morning. If a student fails to turn in their tutoring log and/or does not
complete the necessary hours, the student will not be eligible to participate in any school
activities for that grading period.

Students remain on Academic Probation for two grading periods (approximately 10 weeks).
Students must meet or exceed the Academic Probation conditions by the Final Grading Period.


Writing meaningful recommendations for students is a labor intensive and time-consuming
project for faculty. For this reason, the faculty needs sufficient time to write such
recommendations. Additionally, faculty cannot be inundated with requests for recommendations
for programs that the students are just merely exploring or when families are checking out their
options. Students should be serious about applying for any scholarships or opportunities that
require faculty recommendations.

Students who need transcripts or recommendations for scholarships, special summer or after
school programs, etc., must give the teacher, administrator, or office manager the necessary
forms at least 2 weeks notice. Staff members reserve the right to refuse to complete a
recommendation if they feel that they cannot construct a positive recommendation for that
student. Additionally, the school reserves the right to refuse to complete recommendation forms
for students to transfer to another high school.


The purpose of homework for the student is to enrich and to extend concepts being taught in the
classroom, to build on the current day’s work, and prepare for the following day. Homework
will be assigned 5 days a week.

The most positive way parents can assist their student to complete homework is by providing the
student with a consistent time and place for study, making supplies available, and helping them
develop organizational and time management skills. Therefore, they can finish and return their
homework to school in a timely fashion. Homework should be student work, but parents should
proofread all homework before returning it to their child’s teacher.

Homework for each grade level may be assigned as follows. The teacher assigns homework as
reinforcement of the day’s lesson and/or as preparation for the next day’s lesson. The
assumption is that 75% of the students can finish the homework within three hours.
Sustained Silent Reading (SSR)

The most important class your child has every day at View Park Prep is SSR. SSR is 30 minutes
of silent sustained reading. It is important that you reinforce this behavior at home. While it is
important that each night the child reads aloud to you the parent, it is more important that you the
parent read for your own improvement and pleasure. Mistakenly, many parents think that only
the child should read aloud or to his or herself. THE MESSAGE YOU NEED TO SEND TO
number and quality of books a child reads is the most direct correlation to their success on the
SAT Verbal Section. Parents are encouraged to join their student during SSR. Parents will earn
volunteer hours for time spent reading in a classroom with the students.


In the spring, students in grades 9th – 11th are given the California Standards Test (CST), a
standardized, norm-referenced achievement test. Testing lasts for one to two weeks.

Results are used in school wide and classroom instructional program planning and evaluation, to
align our curriculum and teaching standards with state and national standards.

View Park Prep Accelerated Charter High School believes in its curriculum. That means we
teach to a curriculum rich in reading, writing, calculating, thinking, imagining, speaking,
drawing, painting, singing, dancing, and doing! We are fully confident that in teaching our
curriculum the standardized test will take care of itself. Please do not allow yourself or your
child to become obsessed with the high stakes exams to the exclusion of a love of learning.
While theses tests are an important measuring tool, it is only one of them.

All students in the 10th grade will take the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). They
need to pass this exam before they graduate in order to earn a diploma. Students who do not pass
the exam will be enrolled in a special class in the subsequent year to prepare them to retake the
test in the 11th grade.
Include PSAT for grades 9-11 and cost $13.
AP Testing Fee is $20 for the first test, each additional test cost $10.


The school’s office is open between 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The
office will be closed at 12:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month.


Regular daily attendance is expected of all students as frequent absences from school have a
critical bearing on their educational and emotional social progress. Students are considered tardy
if they are late for their first class at 8:15 a.m. If a student is tardy, he/she must enter through the
school’s main entrance and report to the main office to obtain a tardy pass. Appointments with
doctors and dentists should be planned during vacation periods, after school hours or on
weekends. If a student has to leave school early, a written note must be presented to the main
office the morning of the desired early release. This assures that all the teachers can be informed
of the student’s absence and plan the child’s work accordingly. Students will not be released to
anyone that is not listed on the child’s emergency card. Identification is requested.

In the event of an unforeseeable emergency and/or illness, please see the school website to avoid
receiving a zero for missing that day.


Students are highly encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities. Many of these activities
may occur after school. Students involved in those activities must be under the direct supervision
of a staff member/sponsor. Those students who participate in after-school activities must be
picked up within 15 minutes of the scheduled completion time for that activity or the students
will be escorted off school grounds.

Participation in after school activities is a privilege and not a right. Students on Academic
Probation or the STEP Program may not participate in any after school or extra curricular
activities including: sports, clubs, drama, Senior Activities, Student Body functions, etc. Students
who willingly participate in after school activities who are on probation may be suspended.

Students are not allowed on campus until 7:30 a.m. and must be picked up by 4:00 p.m.

    Monday-Wednesday                  Thursday                        Friday
 8:15-8:45      Per. 1 SSR 8:15-8:45         Per. 1 SSR 8:15-8:45          Per. 2 SSR
 8:45-9:35           1       8:45-10:15           1         8:45-10:15          2
 9:40-10:30          2       10:15-10:35      Nutrition     10:15-10:35     Nutrition
 10:30-10:45     Nutrition   10:40-12:10          3         10:40-12:10         4
 10:50-11:40         3       12:10-12:50        Lunch       12:10-12:50      Lunch
 11:45-12:35         4       12:55-2:25           5         12:55-2:25          6
 12:35-1:10       Lunch      2:30-3:45            7         2:30-3:45           7
 1:15-2:05           5
 2:10-3:00           6
 3:05-3:45           7
 Please Note: Students will be dismissed early on the First and Third Wednesdays
         Wednesday                            Early Dismissal Dates
   8:15-8:45    Per. 1 SSR                     Sept. 8         Feb. 2
   8:50-9:20         2                         Sept. 22       Feb. 16
   9:25-9:55         3                          Oct. 6         Mar. 2
  10:00-10:30        4                         Oct. 20        Mar. 16
  10:35-11:05        5                          Nov. 3         Apr.6
  11:05-11:35     Lunch                        Nov. 17        Apr. 27
  11:40-12:10        6                          Dec. 1         May 4
  12:15-12:45        7                         Dec. 15        May 18
                                                Jan. 5         Jun. 1
                                               Jan. 19        Jun. 15

Your child should attend school every day on time. Teachers cannot provide an effective
instructional program for children who are frequently absent or tardy. Students who arrive tardy
for class disrupt the other students who are engaged in learning.

Any student that is not in the classroom and ready to learn by 8:15 a.m is tardy and should report
to the main office to obtain a tardy pass. Each unexcused tardy will result in a detention. If a
student is tardy three times throughout a semester, the student will be subject to further
disciplinary action. The student should enter the class quietly without disrupting instruction and
sign the tardy log. The teacher will note that the student is tardy and not stop with their lesson.
The student must give that teacher a tardy pass from the main office.
Additionally, according to the Los Angeles Unified School District three tardies constitute one
absence. If a student has twenty absences, they may be expelled from the school. Therefore,
excessive tardies can result in expulsion from school.

In order to meet the costs of a rigorous and first rate education, we need to provide our students
with the best text and library books every year. View Park Prep Accelerated Charter School
therefore finds it necessary to require each family to sign a “Textbook Accountability Form”.
This form holds the parent and the student responsible for all lost/stolen and/or damaged
textbooks. The original book issued must be the book returned. A replacement fee will be
assessed for any books not returned.
   Lost Books
   1. Students should check the lost and found to see if a book was returned.
   2. The main office will advise the student of the price of the book.
   3. Replacement textbooks will be issued or ordered from the publisher (if needed) once the
      lost book is paid for.
   4. Payments must be made to View Park Prep and handed to the Office Manager. Students
      should then present the receipt to their teacher so that they can obtain a new book and fill
      out a new textbook card.

   Stolen Books
   Follow the same procedure as for a lost book. Books left in the lunch area or on school
   grounds are not considered stolen.

   Damaged Books
   Each teacher inspects the books upon their return, assesses the damage and informs the
   student of the amount of the fine in writing.

       A replacement fee will be assessed via Tip Web Program.

   Students Withdrawing from School
       A student withdrawing from school should return books to the main office. Please
          notify the Office Manager immediately if a student withdrawing from school did not
          return a textbook.

          Please note: Any policy may be modified at the discretion of the Administrative Team.


The View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter School Internet policy models and expands the
LAUSD policy.
   1. Students must agree and sign the VPP Internet contract (Acceptable Use Policy) prior to
      accessing the computer in any classroom.
   2. Students may:
          a. Use the internet to research assigned classroom projects.
          b. Use the internet to send e-mail related to classroom projects.
   3. Students MAY NOT:
          a. Use the internet for any illegal purposes.
          b. Use impolite or abusive language in e-mails.
          c. Violate the rules of common sense and etiquette.
          d. Change computer files that do not belong to the user.
          e. Send or receive copyrighted material without permission.
          f. Share his or her password with anyone.
   4. Students who are found to be non-compliant with the VPP and LAUSD policies will be
      subject to disciplinary action which will consist of, but not be limited to suspension and
      loss of access to all VPP computers.


Consideration: We live in a technology rich society. The advancement of electronic
communications has rapidly taken on a major role and has become commonplace in everyday
life. We cannot ignore the tremendous impact and influx of cellular phones/electronic devices
used by all ages of society.

Outcome: View Park Preparatory Accelerated High School will continue to have a cell
phone/electronic device policy on campus that recognizes the need for the use of cell phone
communications/electronic devices before school, during nutrition/lunch and afterschool while
respecting the educational environment on campus. It is the responsibility of students not to use
their cell phones/electronic devices during unauthorized times of the school day.

Definition of “Use”: Use of a cell phone/electronic devices
The use of electronics is prohibited instructional school hours. Electronics must not be visible
and must be turned off instructional school hours. Before and after school and during
nutrition/lunch, cellular phones may be used to communicate. Cell phones may not be used to
communicate threats/insults, to interfere with police or administrative activity or for academic
dishonesty. A student may use a cellular phone during school hours in the event of a natural
disaster (i.e. earthquake, fire, et. al.). If a student is caught using a cellular phone for any reason
during instructional school hours they will face the following consequences:

     First Offense              Second Offense              Third Offense             Fourth Offense
Verbal Warning             Detention and Parent       Suspension of cell          To be determined by
                           Notification               phone/electronic device     administrative staff
                                                      privileges for 30 days

           Please note: Any policy may be modified at the discretion of the Administrative Team.

Skateboards and/or bikes are not allowed on campus at any time.


Students are allowed to use the telephone in the main office for urgent matters only! There is
no pay phone on the building. Forgetting your lunch or your homework are not considered urgent


View Park Preparatory High School requires pupils to follow school regulations, obey all
directions, be diligent in study and respectful to teachers and others in authority, and refrain from
the use of profane and vulgar language. ICEF is committed to creating a climate on each campus
where every student feels safe and welcome.

ICEF Public Schools is committed to creating a climate on each campus where every student
feels safe and welcome.

Guiding Principles for Everyone in the School:
   1. Be Respectful
   2. Be Responsible
   3. Be Appreciative of Differences
   4. Be Honest
   5. Be Safe
   6. Be a Life-Long Learner

Any student found to have committed any of the acts below will be subject to a full investigation
and, if applicable, all appropriate disciplinary actions, which may include suspension, expulsion,
and/or referral to law enforcement. These are not permitted;
   1. Bullying/intimidation (includes bullying or intimidation by an electronic act)
   2. Weapons possession
   3. Fights/threats/violence
   4. Drug possession/sale
   5. Graffiti/vandalism
   6. Gang activity
   7. Cheating and plagiarism
   8. Forgery and falsification
   9. Sexual harassment and assault
   10. Blackmail and extortion
   11. Prejudice and hate crimes
   12. Robbery and stealing
   13. Fireworks and firecrackers

With appropriate guidance student should:
   1. Learn and follow school and classroom rules.
   2. Solve conflicts maturely, without physical or verbal violence.
   3. Keep a safe and clean campus that is free of graffiti, weapons, and drugs.
   4. Be good role models and help create a positive school environment.
   5. Report any bullying, harassment, or hate-motivated incidents.

   6. Display good sportsmanship both on the athletic field and playground
   7. Attend school on time, with school books and supplies and be prepared to learn.
   8. Keep social activities safe.

Remember that you matter. Your ideas, thoughts and opinions are important and have value.

School Pride Means…
            Treating other with respect
            Finding peaceful solutions
            Listening to each other
            Being drug free
            Keeping our school clean and beautiful
            Having healthy friendships
            Producing my own work
            Maintaining honesty and integrity
            Showing empathy and compassion
            Defending others’ rights
            Appreciating our differences
            Respecting the property of others
            Engaging in safe activities


Students who fall short of the above expectations will be subject to the following consequences:

Teacher Intervention for Initial Offenses:

In almost all cases, a teacher will use these strategies before referring a student to the office or
putting them into the STEP program. These interventions progress from least to most restrictive.
However, the sequences may vary depending on the student’s specific needs.
    1. Remind student of appropriate behavior, give warning, and talk with disruptive student.
    2. Counsel with the student to discover the underlying reasons(s) for the behavior;
        determine positive reinforcement.
    3. Isolate student within classroom; time-out. Assign a “statement of problem” paper. Send
        student to anther classroom.
    4. Contact parent and hold phone conference. Send a note home
    5. Assign after-school detention.
    6. Refer student to the director.


The Step Program is an intervention program that is designed to guide students towards a more
suitable behavior before the student is subjected to more serious consequences (i.e. suspension or
expulsion). Students who are on the Step Program have demonstrated a serious or reoccurring
disregard for the spirit of the rules and expectations of View Park Preparatory High School.
Only administration can place a student on the step program; however, a teacher can recommend

that a student be placed on the step program after providing supporting documentation. Students
can be placed on any step at any time based on the severity and/or frequency of the infraction.
Some offenses are so severe that a student may be suspended or expelled without reference to the
Step Program. Similarly, the severity and/or frequency of the infraction may result in the
offending student skipping some steps of the program.

Step 1

Student has not responded to in-class and parent notified interventions. Student and teacher will
meet with the Dean, Director, or Head of School to discuss the situation leading up to Step 1. If
the student refrains from violating the Student Conduct Policy, the student will be removed from
the Step Program one month following their inclusion in the Step Program. The parents of the
student will be notified in writing of the reason their child has been included in the Step Program
and the potential duration of their inclusion. If the student continues to misbehave, the student
will be immediately suspended and placed on Step 2. Step 4 is expulsion.

Step 2

A student may be placed on Step 2 for any violation that occurs after being placed on Step 1.
Students on Step 2 have likely continued to disregard student expectations of behavior. The
student is suspended from school for a minimum of one (1) day. If the student refrains from
violating the Student Conduct Policy, the student will be removed from the Step Program one
month following the date of being moved to Step 2. The parents of the student will be notified in
writing of the reason their child has been included in the Step Program and the potential duration
of their inclusion. If the student continues to misbehave, the student will be immediately
suspended and placed on Step 3. Step 4 is expulsion.

Step 3

Once a student is placed on Step 3, he/she is in grave jeopardy of being expelled. In addition to
calling parents and sending a note home with the student, parents are also notified in by writing
certified mail to ensure they are informed of their child’s status and the potential consequences.
The student’s parents are called in for a conference with the Dean, Director, or Head of School.
The student joins at the end of the conference to discuss further options and future consequences.
The student is suspended for a minimum of three (3) days. Step 4 is expulsion. The student will
be removed from the Step program following a month without any violations of the Student
Conduct Policy.

Step 4

If a student reaches Step 4, his/her parents will be immediately notified to pick up the student
from school. The parent will also be notified that the student is being recommended for

          Please note: Any policy may be modified at the discretion of the Administrative Team.


            Behavior                          Consequence                         Duration
Weapons possession                     Expulsion                          Permanent
Gang affiliation                       Expulsion                          Permanent
Possession of narcotics/alcohol or     Expulsion                          Permanent
drug paraphernalia
Possession of tobacco or drug          Suspension and STEP                Up to 5 days
paraphernalia                          Program
Fighting                               Suspension and STEP                Up to 5 days
Theft                                  Suspension and STEP                Permanent
                                       Program or Expulsion
Cheating – 1st offense                 In-School Suspension and           Up to 5 days
                                       STEP Program
Cheating – 2nd offense                 Expulsion                          Permanent
Bullying/Intimidating/harassing        Suspension and STEP                Permanent
other students                         Program
Minor vandalism – under $25 in         Detention and pay for              1 day
damage                                 damage
Major vandalism – over $25 in          Suspension and STEP                Permanent
damage                                 Program or Expulsion
Defiance                               Detention or suspension            Up to 5 days
Excessive tardies                      Detention or possible              Permanent
Profanity not directed at someone      Call home
Profanity directed at someone          Detention or suspension            Up to 5 days
Dress code violation                   Call home                          Student to remain in office
                                                                          until proper uniform is
                                                                          brought to school
Leaving school grounds without         Suspension                         Up to 5 Days
Truancy                                Suspension                         1 day

Grounds for Suspension, Expulsion and Disenrollment of Students

A student may be suspended or expelled for any of the enumerated acts listed below if the act is
related to school activity or school attendance occurring at View Park Preparatory High School
or at any other school at any time including but not limited to: (a) while on school grounds; (b)
while going to or coming from school; (c) during the lunch period, whether on or off the school
campus; (d) during, going to, or coming from a school-sponsored activity.

          Please note: Any policy may be modified at the discretion of the Administrative Team.

     1) Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another
     person or willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in

     2) Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other
     dangerous object unless, in the case of possession of any object of this type, the
     student had obtained written permission to possess the item from a certificated
     school employee, with the Director/Administrator or designee’s concurrence.

     3) Unlawfully possessed, used, sold or otherwise furnished, or was under the
     influence of, any controlled substance as defined Health and Safety Code 11053-
     11058, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind.

     4) Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance as
     defined in Health and Safety Code 11053-11058, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant
     of any kind, and then sold, delivered or otherwise furnished to any person another
     liquid substance or material and represented same as controlled substance,
     alcoholic beverage or intoxicant.

     5) Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.

     6) Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property.

     7) Stolen or attempted to steal school property or private property.

     8) Possessed or used tobacco or any products containing tobacco or nicotine
     products, including but not limited to cigars, cigarettes, miniature cigars, clove
     cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets and betel.

     9) Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.

     10) Unlawfully possessed or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell
     any drug paraphernalia, as defined in Health and Safety Code 11014.5.

     11) Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of
     supervisors, teachers, administrators, other school officials, or other school
     personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.

     12) Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.

     13) Possessed an imitation firearm, i.e., a replica of a firearm that is so
     substantially similar in physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead a
     reasonable person to conclude that the replica is a firearm.

Please note: Any policy may be modified at the discretion of the Administrative Team.

             14) Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault as defined in Penal Code
             261, 266c, 286, 288, 288a or 289, or committed a sexual battery as defined Penal
             Code 243.4.

             15) Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a student who is a complaining witness
             or witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of preventing that
             student from being a witness and/or retaliating against that student for being a

             16) Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell, or sold the
             prescription drug Soma.

             17) Engaged in, or attempted to engage in hazing. For purposes of this
             subdivision, “hazing” means a method of initiation or preinitiation into a pupil
             organization or body, whether or not the organization or body is officially
             recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily
             injury or personal degradation or disgrace resulting n physical or mental harm to a
             former, current, or prospective pupil. For purposes of this subdivision, “hazing”
             does not include athletic events or school-sanctioned events.

             18) Engaged in an act of bullying, including, but not limited to, bullying
             committed by means of an electronic act, as defined in subdivisions (f) and (g) of
             Education Code Section 32261, directed specifically toward a pupil or school

             19) Made terrorist threats against school officials and/or school property as
             defined in Education Code Section 48900.7.

             20) Committed sexual harassment as defined in Education Code Section 212.5.

             21) Caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of
             hate violence as defined in Education Code Section 233(e).

             22) Intentionally harassed, threatened or intimidated a student or group of
             students to the extent of having the actual and/or reasonably expected effect of
             materially disrupting class work, creating substantial disorder, and/or invading
             student rights by creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment. This
             includes acts that may be generally described as bullying.

View Park Preparatory High School will immediately suspend and recommend for expulsion any
student who commits the following offenses while on campus or while attending a school

             1. Possessing, selling, or furnishing a firearm. It is a federal mandate that a school
             expel, for a period of not less than one year (except on a case by case basis), any
             student who is determined to have brought a firearm to school.

               2. Brandishing a knife at another person.

               3. Unlawfully selling a controlled substance.

               4. Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault or sexual battery.

               5. Possession of an explosive.


Once a student is suspended for 20 days, they will be immediately recommended for expulsion.


Our goals for this policy are to provide a positive classroom climate that promotes learning and
to provide a safe and caring school environment for students and staff.

During the first two weeks of the school year, students are made aware of the student
expectations. In order for the students to understand and accept the student expectations that will
regulate student behavior, each teacher has taken the time to explain in detail the student
expectations and consequences of the program.

Teachers will use a classroom positive discipline plan and a variety of behavior management
techniques, such as the following:

*Reinforcement of specific objectives (achievement, self-discipline, on-task behavior,
cooperation, etc.)
*Parent contracts
*Character building activities
*Peer tutoring
*School-wide recognition and assemblies
*Contract System
*Notes home to parents

          Please note: Any policy may be modified at the discretion of the Administrative Team.


Restroom Etiquette:

   Use the restroom before school, at morning recess/breaks, lunch and/or at dismissal.
   Flush the toilet. (Inform an adult if toilet is not working properly.)
   Wash hands after using toilet, especially before eating.
   Do not play or socialize in the restrooms.
   Use few paper towels and throw them in the wastebasket ONLY


   Enter the classroom prepared and ready to work.
   Follow the classroom rules set by the teacher and classmates.
   Get permission and a hall pass before leaving the classroom for any reason.
   Do not interrupt the teacher or talk loudly or excessively.
   Respond politely and promptly to instructions given by the teacher, aide or volunteer.
   Do not touch others to hurt, harm or embarrass them.
   Bullying will not be tolerated.

Eating Area:

   Eat lunch in the assigned area as directed by the teacher.
   Remain seated while eating and not yell or scream when talking.
   Do not ask other students for their food.
   Use good table manners.
   Clean area of all trash and throw away uneaten food before leaving.
   Students are not allowed to purchase food from outside vendors.


   Enter the office quietly at all times.
   Speak and refer to all school personnel by their appropriate titles.
   Wait to be recognized after entering the office.
   Speak in reasonable and respectful voice tones.
   Use courteous language, eye contact and complete sentences.

           Please note: Any policy may be modified at the discretion of the Administrative Team.


All represented stakeholders of View Park Prep Accelerated Charter High School have agreed to
adopt a School Uniform Policy and Dress Code in a manner consistent with the rights set forth in
all relevant Federal and State statutes, local and LAUSD ordinances and regulations.

VPPACHS’s School Uniform Policy provides that all students wear a uniform. Said uniform
will consist of:

                        Description                             Boys                                 Girls
Tops         Navy Blue Sweater or Sweater Vest    All tops must have VPPACHS         All tops must have VPPACHS Logo
Bottoms      Gray Twill Pants, Shorts or Skirt    Gray Twill Pants or Gray Twill     Gray Twill Pants or Manhattan Plaid
                                                  Shorts                             Skirt
             Skinny or Baggy Fit Pants are Not                                       Skirt only no Shorts
Shirts       White Oxford Shirt with VPPACHS      Short Sleeve or Long Sleeve with   Short Sleeve or Long Sleeve with
             Logo                                 Logo                               Logo
Shoes        Black, White or Gray Shoes           No House Shoes or Sandals          No Heels or Sandals
Socks        Solid Black or White Socks           Solid Black or White Socks         Solid Black or White Socks
Headwear     Headwear is not allowed              Headwear is not allowed            Headwear is not allowed
Neck Tie     9th Grade – Solid Gray               Neck Tie must be worn at all       Neck Tie must be worn at all times
             10th Grade – Solid Burgundy
             11th Grade – Solid Navy
             12th Grade – Solid Black
Scarf’s      Solid Black or White only            Solid Black or White only          Solid Black or White only
Belts        Solid Black with Plain Belt Buckle   Solid Black with Plain Belt        Solid Black with Plain Belt Buckle
Earrings                                          Earrings are not allowed           Diameter must be less than 11/2 inch
Jewelry      Excessive Jewelry is not allowed     Excessive Jewelry is not allowed   Excessive Jewelry is not allowed
Outerwear    Navy, Black, White or Gray jackets
             are allowed although they must be
             removed once inside the classroom.

It has been further agreed to adopt a Dress Code that prohibits the wearing of all attire and
accessories that have been determined to create a hazard to the health and safety of the wearer
and others. Banned items include those which cause distraction from or disturbance in any
school activity.

Banned items include but are not limited to:
      * high heels
          *open toed shoes,
          *Headgear, except that which is used for religious or medical reasons and caps with an
          authorized VPPHS logo,
          *inappropriate or excessive jewelry, accessories or adornments,
          *belt buckles one inch wider in any direction than the width of the belt itself,
          *items containing lewd or vulgar images, statements, or references,
          *items that suggest drug use or involvement with the drug culture,

       *items that are deemed “gang attire or affiliation”, (this can vary depending on the item
       or community/LAPD) see statement below.
The California Legislature has determined that “gang apparel” is hazardous to the health and
safety of the school environment; therefore, the wearing of items that indicate involvement in or
affiliation with “gangs” is prohibited at all times while on campus. These items include, but are
not limited to:

       *clothing and accessories that are red, blue, brown, or orange.
       *plain, white, crew-neck shirts (White Tees) or (“Wife Beaters/Slingshots”) as outerwear.

 View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter High School and its stakeholders are depending on
   all of us to support the implementation of this effort to facilitate a more positive, safe and
 peaceful learning environment in which we can focus on preparing our students to attend and
                    compete at the top colleges and universities in the nation.

          Please note: Any policy may be modified at the discretion of the Administrative Team.

                           View Park Preparatory High School Contract

As a school, View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter High School promises to:

       Expect and demand the best from our teachers, staff and administration.
       Expect and demand the best from our students.
       Establish and maintain the highest academic standards.
       Provide a safe environment for students and staff members.
       Demonstrate respect for students, parents and educational staff.
       Recruit and retain professional, qualified educators who are motivated and committed to the View
        Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter High School vision.
       Provide a structure for complete involvement in the schools’ activities by parents, teachers, staff and
       Provide on-going Accelerated training for staff and administration.
       Attend a minimum of 70% of School as A Whole (SAW) meetings.
       Provide current textbooks and educational technologies that will advance learning.

As a Parent/Guardian, I promise to:

       Expect and demand the most from my child as a student.
       Expect and demand the best from myself as a parent.
       Show respect for my child’s teacher and the school.
       Discover the best ways for my child to learn his or her style of learning.
       To support VPPACHS high standard of instruction, to support VPPACHS hands-on student learning
        by having my child participate in discovery and exploration activities; including making the outdoor
        experience a classroom extension. Each family is expected to promote this endeavor by actively
        participating and supporting each grade level classroom extension exploration activity.
       Provide a home environment that encourages my child to learn.
       Maintain open lines of communication with my child’s teacher.
       Communicate daily with my child about his/her school activities.
       Encourage my child to read at home and monitor his/her TV viewing.
       Volunteer 40 hours per school year at View Park Preparatory (20 hours per semester); 4 hours a month
        in which three of those hours are served at the school site.
       Attend a minimum of 70% of School as A Whole (SAW) meetings.
       Attend a one-time only eight-hour Accelerated training and thereafter a four-hour refresher training
        every year.
       Ensure that all homework assignments are completed and reviewed.

As a student, I promise to:
     Believe in myself and expect the best from myself as a student.
     Take pride in my work and my achievements.
     Be on my best behavior and show my teachers the proper respect.
     Demonstrate respect for my schoolmates, school staff, others and myself.
     Be a willing participant in each exploratory activity.
     Participate in developing team building skills and strategies through a cooperative learning
     Come to school prepared with my homework and supplies.
     Talk to my parents daily about my school activities, assignments and concerns.

           Please note: Any policy may be modified at the discretion of the Administrative Team.

                         View Park Preparatory High School Contract

Please sign below and return within 5 school days.

We have read the View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter High School Handbook in its
entirety and understand and agree to its contents.

Use one sheet per family.

Parent/Guardian’s Name _________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian’s Signature ________________________ Date _________________

Student’s Name___________________________ Grade_________

Student’s Signature ________________________________ Date _______________

Student’s Name___________________________ Grade_________

Student’s Signature ________________________________ Date _______________

Student’s Name___________________________ Grade_________

Student’s Signature ________________________________ Date _______________

          Please note: Any policy may be modified at the discretion of the Administrative Team.


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