The Black Hills High School staff is committed to helping all students achieve academic success. As highly effective teachers, we are committed to providing the following for our students:
• Rigorous standards with clearly defined student expectations for performance.
• Diverse and effective learning strategies.
• Authentic instruction and meaningful assessments that help our students connect with the real world
• A comprehensive and rich school curriculum.
While holding students to a higher level of performance, we also provide extensive support and intervention to students who are failing to meet academic success.
The following resources or strategies should be considered:
• Consult with the teacher on Late Start days or before or after school, depending on teacher availability.
• Identify the specific problem areas or assistance needed. Seek individualized help.
• Take advantage of the extended library hours or the Homework Center for quiet, focused study and computer access.
• Utilize tutorial assistance from peers, staff or an adult mentor. (Tutorial assistance is available from the math department afterschool.)
• Parent conferences.
• E-mail or voicemail the teacher when questions arise.
• Establish a consistent time and place to complete homework.
• Maintain an organized, up to date assignment calendar and notebook.
• Carry around weekly or biweekly Progress Reports for teachers to sign.
• Enroll in an activity during the Activity Period that will provide academic support.
• Seek assistance from a LINK Crew member or another trustworthy peer.
• Seek assistance from the Reading Specialist, if appropriate.
• Enroll in the Boys & Girls Club program after school.
• Conduct a risk assessment to identify potential reasons for the student’s performance.
• Review the student’s academic records. If appropriate, modify the student’s schedule to include Level 1 English in grades 9, 10 and 11, Business math, General Science, Pathways Online classes or other classes that provide remedial assistance.
• Refer the student for special education testing, if appropriate
• If the student has also had any attendance or discipline referrals, the administrator will proceed with consequences and interventions strategies, including BECCA referrals, Saturday School or suspension.
• Implement an academic contract that specifically outlines the expectations for the student’s performance and the consequences if the student fails to improve his/her performance .
• Reduce the student’s schedule to a partial day, providing more time to study and prepare.
• Consider alternative learning environments such as New Market Skills Center, Secondary Options or the GED program at SPSCC.