Model Program

Coconino County Regional Accommodation School District # 99

Ponderosa High School
2384 Steve's Blvd.
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

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Contact Information:
Cecilia Owen
Superintendent of Schools

Program Specification:






Limited Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

High School




Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


Ponderosa High School and Tse' Yatto' High School (referred to in this report in conjunction with Ponderosa) are regional accommodation schools under the direction of the Coconino County School Superintendent. The program provides an alternative path to a high school diploma to students who would otherwise be unlikely to continue their high school education. The AIMS Intervention program was implemented by utilizing services and programs currently in place and by developing new activities and services to meet the program goals. Small classes, team-teaching, extended connection to a teacher/coach, positive behavior models, and strategies for developing successful coping skills, self-advocacy and academic challenge are the key components of the program. An "accommodation school" is a school that is operated through the county board of supervisors and the county school superintendent and that serves a military reservation or territory that is not included within the boundaries of a school district. Also, a school that provides educational services to homeless children or alternative education programs.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Attendance/Truancy, Charter School, Counseling/Advisories/Coaches, Early Childhood Education, Literacy Development, Professional Development, Substance Abuse, Life Skills Training

Strategies for Locating Students:

Starting Date: 2006
Students Served Per Year: 50-250
Reenrolled Students with Disabilities: N/A
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
  • Low commitment to school

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status

School factors

  • Race/ethnicity

Program promotes the following:


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

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:


Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
School Districts

School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:


Coconino Community College

Evaluation Information:

By implementing the SMART database system, staff could better track student credit data and place students in the right classes needed for graduation. As a result of the data tracking and analysis system, the program's graduation rate improved from 16% in the fall of 2005 to 45% in the spring of 2006.

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