Model Program

Byrkit High ERC

6501 Grape Road
Suite 588
Mishawaka, IN 46545

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Contact Information:
Ms. Jeneen G. Conway, Ed.S.
Coordinator of Alternative Programs and Principal

Program Specification:






Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

High School


Grade Level


Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


Byrkit High ERC is an interlocal high school, serving students from the School City of Mishawaka and Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation. Our mission is to provide each student with the resources and support necessary to successfully complete a high school diploma, develop life skills, and obtain marketable work skills through active participation and a co-operative education experience. A learning environment is one where personal best is expected. We believe that students are individuals worthy of everyone's time and effort for success. Instruction is based on student needs. Courses are completed when the student achieves 80% mastery. Each student has an individual educational employability plan based on graduation requirements, results on academic achievement assessments, and career goals. Long Distance Learning is used by students and staff to provide information and resources not otherwise available. Partnerships are developed between students, school personnel, an adult in the student's life, and the student's employer. A spirit of cooperation exists between Byrkit High ERC, the school corporations, Simon Youth Foundation, University Park Mall, and more than 30 businesses that employ our students.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Alternative Education, Attendance/Truancy, Career Education, Community Collaboration, Computer Assisted Instruction, Credit Recovery, Study Skills

Starting Date: 1999
Students Served Per Year: 50-250
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low achievement
  • Poor attendance
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort
  • Low commitment to school
  • Misbehavior

Family factors

  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Family disruption
  • Low educational expectations
  • Sibling(s) has dropped out
  • Low contact with school

School factors

  • School size: too small/too large
  • School math achievement
  • Teacher expectations

Community factors

  • Local labor market/neighborhood stability
  • Youth social attitudes

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
  • Perception of support from adults and peers


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


  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy


  • Problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility


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

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is $200,000 - $500,000 or over $2000 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
School Districts

School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals
Computer/Internet Based

Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation, School City of Mishawaka, Simon Youth Foundation, University Park Mall (Simon Properties)

Evaluation Information:

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