The instructional curriculums for kindergarten through 5th grades follow the same format and content that is used in the regular school settings throughout Calcasieu Parish elementary schools. Grading and attendance policies remain the same as those of the home-based schools. Because of the smaller class sizes and an additional adult in all classrooms, students are provided with more individualized instruction in all subject areas while at Positive Connections.
In this alternative setting, Successmaker (for grades 3, 4, and 5) and Waterford (for grades K, 1, and 2) are used to monitor growth in reading and mathematics. Students interact with the computerized program a minimum of 20 minutes per subject per day. Progress is tracked and interventions to address gaps in learning are determined based on each student’s daily and weekly performance. The targeted areas of concern in a student’s understanding are addressed through specific interventions, tailored for the individual student and provided during the instructional day.
There is a continuation of services for students who receive special services through an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) or who receive specific accommodations through a 504 Plan. The home-based school sends the IEP or 504 Plan to Positive Connections, and our grade-level team reviews all avenues that require attention. At orientation, the specific needs of each student are discussed with the parents, and plans for coordinated services for itinerant teaches and outside connections are made. When it is time for a student to be released from Positive Connections, there is coordinated communication and transfer of information from Positive Connections back to the principal of the home-based school. It is the goal of both Positive Connections and the home-based school that every student has a smooth transition from one campus to the other.