Intervention with Students of Impoverished Families
Each year, over ten percent of the incoming freshman class enters Oroville High School without having graduated the eighth grade. Before the beginning of the 2011/2012 school year our school implemented a lunchtime intervention program to more closely monitor these and other at-risk freshman students. During the summer of 2011, counseling and attendance staff visited homes to familiarize students and their parents with school procedures and the new lunchtime program. These summer visits, coupled with the experience of working during the intervention period throughout the year, have revealed alarming facts about the living conditions and family lives of our students. Given what these students and their parents face on a daily basis, it is not surprising that they often perceive success as unattainable.
We will train our team members to provide school-wide staff development in strategies to help these impoverished, at-risk students who struggle academically, socially and behaviorally. We will provide specific training to our teachers about the strategies and ideas developed by Dr. Ruby Payne. We seek to reduce the number of behavioral referrals and to improve the academic performance and the graduation rate of our at risk students at every grade level.