Curriculum

Trimester System

Students at the Academy attend classes throughout the entire year. The academic calendar is constructed of approximately four 12-week trimesters per calendar year, or about one and one-third academic years per calendar year. A student's academic goals are a major component in determining the length of a student's program at ASR: Two years' academic work can be completed in 6 trimesters, or approximately 18 months.

Students earn one-third (0.33) academic credit for each course taken in a trimester. Each class meets for a minimum of four hours per week, or 48 hours per trimester, resulting in at least 144 hours per full academic credit (1.0) awarded. The amount of class time per subject is commensurate with the standards for awarding academic credit across most educational settings, also referred to as "Carnegie Units". In abiding by these standards, we hold ourselves accountable to rewarding credit for quality academic work, resulting in students' transcripts which can stand with integrity.

Academic Projections and Treatment Planning

As close to the date of enrollment as possible, our Registrar compiles transcript information from all previous schools a student has attended. The Registrar uses this information to develop an initial Academic Projection to set the course of study, based on the number of credits needed to steadily progress toward the high school diploma.

During the first Working Visit, the treatment team convenes. The treatment team consists of the student's parents, counselor, academic advisor, and substance-abuse and transitional care coordinator. As part of the overall discussion during that meeting, treatment goals are set, and the academic projection is assessed to determine the student's program completion or graduation date.

The ASR Team Model and Academic Advising

The ASR community is divided into 5 teams (Buffalos, Cougars, Eagles, Mustangs, and Wolves). Through the team model, each student has access to guidance and support from fellow student team members, as well as professional staff dedicated specifically to each team. One team consists of the combined caseloads of two counselors, plus academic and residential life staff.

Each counselor has a partner teacher, or Academic Advisor. This person acts as a central figure for gathering and disseminating information regarding a student's academic progress and performance. The Academic Advisor may also provide extra support to students, such as helping with course selection or encouragement through the college application process.

Each week, Academic Advisors collect detailed information from all teachers regarding a student's behavior, attitude and honest effort in each class. This information is then shared with the team. Academic Advisors are key members of the team, and play a vital role in making team decisions regarding student advancement through the level system.

Academic Progress Reporting and Communication

Information regarding a student's academic standing is shared weekly, as part of the phone call with the counselor/parent communicator. This is particularly helpful to keep parents abreast of academic developments for students.

Within the first week of each trimester, each student's course schedule is posted by the Registrar on Parent Check-In.

Grade report cards are posted twice during each trimester on Parent Check-In: once at midterm (approximately six weeks into the term), and once at the end of the trimester.

Academic Advisors make contact with parents (usually through email) at the close of each trimester to pass along detailed progress reports from each class. Academic Advisors also act as a central contact for parents should they have questions about their child's academic progress or about the overall school program.

Contact information for each teacher is provided each trimester, and parents are encouraged to contact teachers directly as needed.

High School Diploma Graduation Requirements

As a college preparatory school, we at ASR place great emphasis on students getting as much as possible from their high school career. Some of our students did not have school problems prior to coming to ASR, and they continue to forge ahead with a solid program of study. Other students come to us after a year or two of less-than-desirable academic performance, and it is our charge to re-excite and reengage students to intellectual rigor.

The credits and courses listed here are the minimum requirements for a high school diploma from ASR. We assume that all of our students are destined for university study, and thus do not distinguish between a "general" and "college" track. Whenever possible, we ask students to surpass these basic requirements, always encouraging them to take as many solid courses from the core areas as possible to increase their chances of college admission and post-secondary school success.

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