Phoenix graduates have shown us that no life circumstance or past decision should limit a young person’s potential for college success. Once students walk through our doors, they enter a community anxious to form relationships that will engage, respect, and ultimately transform them into scholars. We offer many additional services designed to help students manage their lives outside of school while also making strides toward high school graduation and college success:
Student Support Team. Consisting of the Dean of Students, two on-site social workers, and several Student Support Specialists, the SST dedicates their energy to encouraging building scholarly habits– by whatever means necessary. Phone calls, text messages, home visits, action planning, counseling, and organizing meetings with teachers and adult supporters are just some of their daily efforts.
On-site Little Scholars Center. Each Phoenix school is equipped with a Little Scholars Center to help our parenting students succeed academically. Students drop their children off at the Little Scholars Center when they come to school in the morning and pick their child up at the end of the school day. Little Scholar teachers support students who wish to meet with teachers after school, have to serve detention, or choose to attend Homework Lab.
Attendance Transformation Team. The Dean of Students and five AmeriCorps Fellows lead this team, which identifies and serves a cohort of 20-25 students who struggle with motivation to come to school regularly. ATT members lead small group advisories, identify barriers to student success, and create innovative, individualized action plans to help students spend more learning time in school.
Multi-Quarter Enrollment Process. Phoenix schools recruit students four times each school year – at the beginning of every quarter. If there is a student who would like to join the Phoenix community, the school works with the student to enroll and begin learning as soon as possible.
Individualized College Planning Center. Because Phoenix schools do not have traditional grade levels, students are on individualized paths to graduation. Each scholar must reach the same requirements to graduate, but the Director of College Services decides which classes the student should prioritize to be ready for college success. The Director of College Services also provides extensive support around the college planning process.
S.C.H.O.L.A.R. “Feather” System. Students have the opportunity to earn feathers, a form of merit points which commend them for upholding one of the seven attributes of scholarship: Service, Community, Hope, Optimism, Learning, Accountability, and Respect. Feathers can be redeemed for small prizes such as Phoenix t-shirts, movie tickets, or meals with teachers.
Athletics, Clubs, and Activities. Phoenix student-athletes are held to high academic and behavioral expectations in order to promote a strong culture of scholarly leadership. Our student-athletes balance the same 9-5 school day while also maintaining high grades and high attendance. We’ve found that sometimes all a struggling student needs to succeed is the support of the basketball team captain and the rest of his team, who all encourage him to raise his grades in order to play in the next game.
Through our many wrap around supports, Phoenix empowers all scholars to overcome academic and personal obstacles that often thwart academic achievement.