Model Program

Foxfire High School

2805 Pinkerton Road
Zanesville, OH 43701
http://www.foxfire.schoolwires.com

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Contact Information:
Mr. Todd M. Whiteman
Superintendent
740.453.4509
twhiteman@laca.org

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention
Intervention

Both

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School
High School
Adult

Rural

Individuals
Clusters/Groups
School Wide

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

We are a drop out recovery school that serves at-risk youth for 5 surrounding counties. We serve ages 11-22 in a non traditional setting: ages 16-22 at Foxfire High School and ages 11-15 at Foxfire Intermediate School. We have several embedded wrap around services including: social worker, drug/alcohol counselor, nurse. sro, outreach coordinator, wellnes coordinator, mental health counselor, 21st Century Director

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Alternative Education, Attendance/Truancy, Behavior Management/Discipline, Charter School, Community Collaboration, Counseling/Advisories/Coaches, Credit Recovery, Extra Curricular, Family/Parental Involvement, Homeless, Literacy Development, Mentoring/Tutoring, Professional Development, Substance Abuse, Teen Pregnancy, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: 1999
Students Served Per Year: 250-500
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • Parenthood
  • High-risk peer group
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school
  • Misbehavior

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • High family mobility
  • Low education level of parents
  • Large number of siblings
  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Family disruption
  • Low educational expectations
  • Sibling(s) has dropped out
  • Low contact with school
  • Lack of conversations about school

School factors

  • Limited resources: expenditures per student/ teacher salaries/ student-teacher ratios
  • School size: too small/too large
  • Race/ethnicity
  • School math achievement
  • School policies and practices
  • Student engagement
  • Teacher expectations

Community factors

  • Family composition/socioeconomic status
  • Local labor market/neighborhood stability
  • Youth social attitudes

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • 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

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards
  • Positive/resilient temperament

Competence

  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy

Creativity

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self
  • Optimistic

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is over $500,000 or over $2000 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

State Agencies
Local/City/County Agencies

Teachers
Counselors
Social Workers
SROs
Parents

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Media/CD/DVD
Instructional Texts/Manuals
Computer/Internet Based

Muskingum Behavioral Health, Genesis Lifestyle, Avondale Youth Center, Rolling Hills Church, Forever Dada, Help Me Grow, Muskingum County Juvenile Court, Muskingum County Adult Court, WHIZ Media Group, The Times Recorder, Muskingum County Health Department, Maysville Local Schools, Zane State University, Ohio University, Mid - East Career Center, Coca-Cola, Jobs & Family Services, Ohio Department of Education, US Department of Education, The Ohio State University College of Socail Work, Zanesville Rotary, Zanesville Downtown Association, Alan Cottrill Sculpture Studio & Gallery, Childeren's Services, Muskingum County Opportunity Center, PAL BoxingYouthbuild, Zanesviile Metroploitan Housing, Carr Center, Lifewell Pantry, Christ's Table, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Coconis Furniture, Eagles FOE 302, American Legion 29, VFW Post 1058, Ohio Secretary State, Young Lives, Saup Hartley, United Way

Evaluation Information:

We were recently awarded Best Practice by the US Department of Education and featured on the Doing What Works link based on our state testing scores, attendance and graduation rates.

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

Additional Evaluation Information:
http://www.doingwhatworks.com