Model Program

Lamar Academy

1009 N. 10th St.
McAllen, TX 78501
http://lamar.mcallenisd.org/

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Contact Information:
Cindy Pena
Principal
956.632.3222
cindy.pena@mcallenisd.net

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Intervention
Recovery/Reentry

Both

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School
High School

Urban
Suburban

School Wide

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

Lamar Academy is home to a diverse group of at-risk students who have assumed a greater responsibility for their education by choosing to attend an accelerated, self-paced alternative school that offers flexible scheduling. Our student body is composed of Options High School and the 8th grade Transitional Program. Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) strategies are used for LEP students.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Alternative Education, Community Collaboration, Counseling/Advisories/Coaches, Credit Recovery, Service Learning, Students with Disabilities, Study Skills, Life Skills Training

Strategies for Locating Students:
Phone calls, Home visits, Personalized letters, Newspaper ads, Television ads/radio announcements, Website with reenrollment options, Posters displayed in public places, Public events focused on dropout recovery, Current students asked to recruit friends, School or district teams to track students

Starting Date: 1991
Students Served Per Year: 250-500
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: 1-5%
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers

Creativity

  • Problem-solving skills

School

  • Comprehensive diagnostic systems
  • Personalized instruction and learning
  • Rigorous and relevant instruction
  • Academic support
  • Instruction on behavior and social skills
  • Supportive school climate
  • Development of vocational skills
  • Encourage family involvement/community supports
  • Teach self-determination and self-advocacy skills including student/person-centered planning
  • Eliminate practices that push students out of school
  • Help students to address problems that interfere with learning

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies
School Districts

Teachers
Counselors
School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Unspecified

McAllen Independent School District

Evaluation Information:

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at school/district level