“What are you doing to defend the conquests for which we give our lives?” –Emiliano Zapata
STREET ACADEMY CORE PRINCIPLES
Mutual respect amongst students, teachers, and staff is essential for the promotion of a positive learning environment. To keep and cultivate such an environment there are specific behaviors that are NOT acceptable. These are:
Sexual harassment: in all of its forms—physical, verbal, mental, and emotional
Bullying: in all of its forms – in person and electronically
Discrimination: based on race, ethnic background, gender, religion, and/or sexual orientation
Instigation: of or contribution to a hostile environment
Disrespect: for others and their personal property
Theft: of school property and personal property
Defacing: writing graffiti or otherwise destroying school property (students who deface or destroy school property will be required to clean, paint, repair, or pay for damages). Other disciplinary measures may also be taken.
Knowledge is power. Students are empowered through the development of skills that allow them to continue their own intellectual growth. This is demonstrated by the consistent acquisition of credits toward a high school diploma.
Credit: Students must earn credit to remain at Street Academy. Credit is earned based on work completed. Students who receive no academic credit in a full term will be placed on academic probation. If the situation does not improve, the student will be subject to transfer from the program, at the discretion of the staff.
Coursework: Coursework (Classwork, Homework, Projects, Presentations, Exams) must be completed in order to receive credit. A minimum of two (2) homework assignments per week per class will be assigned. Students must stay through the afternoon if they are missing any assignments or if they are not passing all classes.
ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY
Attendance and punctuality are essential for academic success. Each student’s presence in classes contributes to the diversity of knowledge and personality which enriches the daily learning experience. The attendance policy is designed to promote this experience and this policy is strongly enforced.
Attendance: It is expected that each student will attend all assigned classes from Monday through Friday from 8:50 am to 3:00pm except in cases of emergency and/or illness. An absence due to sickness or a death in the family is excused by a note from a parent or guardian. An absence due to medical/dental appointment or court visit must be excused by a note from the doctor or judge. Students are expected to make up missing work within 2 days of an absence.
Students are to bring a note on the day they return to school. Any other absence is unexcused and results in four make-up hours to be completed between 3:00 and 5:00pm daily.
Punctuality: School starts promptly at 8:50am. Students are expected to be in school by 8:50am. A student is late if he/she is not in his/her seat at 8:55 or by the beginning of each subsequent class period. One hour is given for each tardy and hours must be served on the day earned. Students arriving after 9:15am may be given a pass and sent home. Being sent home is considered an unexcused absence. The parent or guardian will be notified.
Students with tardies, unexcused absences or who have lost points on their daily contract (no homework, no classwork, behavior problems, etc.) will be assigned hours by their consulting teachers.
While serving hours is mandatory, it differs from traditional detention, in that hours are served in afternoon classes, tutoring or other academic assistance. If academic work is completed, students may help with office duties, school beautification, or community service to serve hours. Failure to stay through the afternoon and serve hours will result in additional hours.
Students who have not completed their hours by the end of the school year must serve those hours through community service in order to return in the fall.
SAFE & HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT
The Street Academy promotes a healthy environment that leads to physical, mental, emotional, and academic success. The following rules have been established to provide such an environment.
Drugs & Alcohol: Students suspected of using, possessing or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol before, during or after school while in the school or in its vicinity are subject to suspension and referred to drug and alcohol counseling. Any student standing with those doing the above regardless of guilt or innocence is also subject to suspension. Students dealing drugs will be terminated immediately.
Violence: Fights at or in the vicinity of the school; before, during or after school; and any fights between Street Academy Students will not be tolerated. STUDENTS INVOLVED IN A FIGHT WILL BE TERMINATED IMMEDIATELY! At the staff’s discretion, students may reapply after a minimum of two quarters. Re-application does not guarantee re-admission.
Weapons: Weapons are not permitted on or around campus. Students found with weapons will be terminated immediately.
Money/Gambling: Students are not to endanger themselves by bringing large amounts of money to school. Gambling is not allowed and can result in suspension.
Parking: To park on school grounds, students must have a license, registration, and insurance documents on file in the Principal’s office.
Non-Students: Non-Students must secure permission from the Principal to be on school grounds. Students should not encourage or invite non-students to school.
The Street Academy is a place for learning. Students and staff need to spend as much time as possible on academics. The rules that follow are designed to allow students and staff to focus on this main task.
Electronics: Cell phones, and personal electronic devices are not allowed to be used or charged in any area of the school property. Students must be off campus and down the block to begin use of their personal electronic devices. Parents should contact their student through the office if necessary. Students may contact their parents through the office as well. ELECTRONIC DEVICES WILL BE TAKEN IF STUDENTS ARE CAUGHT USING THEM IN OR AROUND THE SCHOOL, THIS POLICY WILL BE ENFORCED.
Food and Drink: Students should come to school well-fed and ready to learn. Students cannot eat or drink in the classrooms. Lunch is eaten during lunch period in designated lunch area. Otherwise, food may be confiscated and/or hours assigned.
Restroom: There is a five minute passing period between classes. This is the only time besides lunch time that students are allowed to use the rest room. Written verification from a doctor is required for medical exemption to this rule. An hour is given for violation of this rule.
Sleeping: Students are expected to come to school well-rested and ready to learn. Sleeping in class will not be tolerated.
Personal grooming: Applying makeup, styling hair, etc. is not appropriate in class and will not be tolerated.
Visitors: Parents and other interested persons are welcome to visit the school. They should make an appointment with the Principal.
Office/Kitchen: No students are allowed in the office area or kitchen/lounge without permission.
Remaining in class: The Street Academy has a closed campus. Students are to enter the building by 8:50am, and they are not allowed to leave campus until 3:00pm without written permission. Students are not allowed to leave their classrooms or other school activities during class time except with the written permission of their teachers.
Books: Books that are lost or damaged must be paid for by students. If payment is not made, the students will not receive his/her grades, transcripts, or diplomas.
School Supplies: Students are expected to come to school prepared with supplies for all of their classes. Pencils and pens are sold in the office.
Guidelines regarding the personal appearances of students are necessary to provide the best possible learning environment. Street Academy’s guidelines are listed below. Students not adhering to the dress code may not be admitted to school.
Observe personal hygiene: Students are expected to maintain daily health habits.
Avoid expensive accessories: Valuables cannot be replaced if lost at school. Valuables you bring to school are your responsibility. If lost or misplaced, the school is not responsible.
Avoid divisive or offensive representation: Clothing should not be worn that might anger or offend other students. These include gang colors, drug/alcohol promotion, and racist or sexist representations.
Avoid revealing clothing: Students are here to develop their minds, not to display their bodies. The following clothing is prohibited:
- Excessively tight clothing (spandex, etc.)
- Ripped clothing with large, revealing holes
- Skirts, dresses, or shorts that end more than one inch above the knee
- Low-cut blouses, see through clothing, tank tops, spaghetti strapped or strapless tops
- Clothing which exposes stomach or chest
- Excessively baggy or low hung pants
- House slippers or pajamas
Students that forget how to dress themselves will be given a muumuu to wear for the day and pants that are worn below the waist will have their belt loops locked until the end of the day.