We have small classes where students get the individualized attention they need.
We have a safe environment where students can focus on learning.
We provide students with an opportunity to graduate with real opportunities to learn and be prepared for success after graduation.
We help to find safe and loving homes for any student who needs one.
We partner with community based human services agencies, mentoring organizations, and faith based groups to be co-located at our schools to meet the needs of our students and those who love them.
WE PROVIDE ONSITE COUNSELING & MENTORING We employ a full-time Guidance Counselor who works intensely with our Eligible Grads. On average, our students have been to at least 4 different high schools. This results in students having lost valuable learning time, and are usually under-credited. Our solution is to develop an individual Road Map and Journey to Graduation to ensure each Eligible Grad knows what is expected of them.
ROAD MAP & JOURNEY TO GRADUATION Throughout the school year Eligible Grads and our Guidance Counselor work together to:
ensure they stay focused on graduating
explore post-secondary options
follow through with the post-secondary plans that they have set for themselves
MEASUREMENTS OF SUCCESS
Every Eligible Grad will have a plan with at least 3 of the 4 post-secondary options
Achieving a 90% graduation rate and an ongoing check in with graduates to ensure that they get all of the help they need to stay on track after leaving high school
WE PROVIDE SOCIAL WORK SERVICES Unlike traditional schools, at C.B. Community Schools the social worker has an understanding of the child welfare system, which allows her to focus on each child’s specific strengths, challenges, and needs. The social worker creates a system of support where there are gaps in services, mental health treatment, or extracurricular activities.
LIFE PLAN The social worker gets to know each student through their Life Plan, which she creates with students to identify individualized academic and personal goals, coping mechanisms, plans beyond graduation, and life skills. The Life Plan is created by the student which assists the social worker by providing the social and emotional strengths or struggles that may affect the them. Our understanding of the difficulties associated with youth in care allows us to provide students with additional resources, advocacy, and coping skills when needed.
STUDENTS HAVE A VOICE Our social worker gives youth a voice in the academic and behavioral decisions made on their behalf. At C.B. Community Schools, the social worker ensures that the student perspective is equally respected and valued in the plans for their success. Community-based student meetings and the social worker’s ongoing communication with caregivers, child welfare workers, and other stakeholders, creates a holistic model of support that nurtures our students both inside and outside of the classroom.
MEASUREMENTS OF SUCCESS
Student’s home life is stabilized
Student’s mental health and physical health needs are met by engaging treatment quickly
For the last full school year, attendance exceeded 80%
WE PROVIDE A NURSE Nearly 50% of foster children suffer from chronic health conditions and most require ongoing medical treatment. In our school:
9 of our 60 students have severe asthma
17 of our 60 students have severe allergies
3 are diabetic
about 70% suffer from a documented mental or behavioral illness such as ADD, ADHD, ODD and have other diagnoses such a bipolar disorder requiring them to take serious medications daily.
Students living in foster care often have their basic physical health care needs unmet. Frequently we are unable to collect any information about a child’s health conditions and only learn of such when they are in a health care crisis, such as a severe asthma attack, diabetic episode, or panic attack.
Because these students move so often and have no parent to oversee their medical care, routine well care appointments are often missed and specialist visits are not properly scheduled. In addition, foster parents or group homes experience long wait times as many of the public health systems are overcrowded and have long waiting lists.
The most troubling reality is that often the trauma that these children have experienced from years of abuse, neglect and abandonment have resulted in panic and fear that presents itself as physical symptoms, such as headaches and bellyaches.