• dropout_mainpic Dropout Prevention/Richland One Evening High School

    Kerry L. Abel, Coordinator

    Dropout Prevention/Richland One Evening High School
    Olympia Learning Center, Suite C-60
    621 Bluff RoadColumbia, South Carolina 29201

    Phone: 803-790-6763 
    Fax 803-790-6789
    Kerry.abel@richlandone.org

     

    Steven Cannon, Site Coordinator

    Richland One Evening High School
    Olympia Learning Center, Suite C-60
    621 Bluff Road
    Columbia 29201

    Phone: 803-738-7574
    Fax 803-738-7589

     

     





    Function

    The Office of Dropout Prevention and Partnerships works with schools, parents and the community to help more students complete high school by increasing public awareness of dropout issues, developing ways to address them, creating action plans based on those strategies, and actively engaging local leaders in carrying out those plans.

     





    Responsibilities:

    • Reduce the district's dropout rate and ensure that each middle and high school has an array of supportive services that will provide students with alternatives to dropping out of school 


    • Increase the district's graduation rate through specialized interventions that address the acquisition of required credits


    • Work with community agencies and the military to develop and implement programs that provide student alternatives to dropping out of school


    • Work individually with school principals and their administrative staff to develop a school dropout prevention plan for each middle and high school


    • Work with elementary schools to provide information to parents on the early strategies they can utilize to ensure their child will remain in school until graduation


    • Establish a uniform way for middle and high schools to track and monitor students
       

     

    Programs

    Dropout Prevention Teams

     

    Each high school and middle school is asked to develop a dropout prevention team that will be responsible for monitoring students in their school that are at risk of dropping out. One major responsibility of the teams is to examine student data and determine which student need services and the types of assistance a student might need, allowing for flexibility in the types of interventions and services. Communication with parents, teachers, support staff, administrators and community partners is also a major responsibility. The Dropout Prevention Coordinator will meet with each team quarterly to monitor the progress and provide assistance in designing interventions to address student needs.

     


     

     

    Richland One Evening High School Program

    The Evening High School Program is designed to serve students aged 16-20, interested in obtaining a high school diploma, but due to life circumstances have dropped out of school, are considering dropping out of school, or are unable to attend school during the day. Specifically, the school’s target population is students who:

     

    > are documented “No Shows” for the school year

    > have dropped out of school the previous year or

    > are 11th and 12th grade dropouts for the current school year with preference given to 12th graders or

    > have failed one or more grades and are not eligible for enrollment in the Adult Education Diploma Program

    > are in need of one or two courses to qualify for graduation

    > have been referred by the District Hearing Office

    > are diploma track students receiving special education services in lieu of a “Homebase placement”

     

    This program operates on an alternate time schedule Monday thru Thursday from 4:00 p.m. – 8:10 p.m. on the district academic calendar. The time schedule enables students to hold a job, meet family obligations and, upon meeting the requirements, graduate from high school. The curriculum includes the standard courses required for graduation. To qualify for a high school diploma, students earn 24 Carnegie units. Students must complete 120 hours per 1 credit or 60 hours per ½ credit. Students can earn up to 3 credits each semester. Direct instruction is provided by state certified/highly qualified teachers. Computer Based instruction is provided by Edgenuity, a web-based instructional program used for credit recovery.

     


     

    Evening High School Enrollment Procedures

     

    Procedures for students who are a Richland One Drop-out ages 16-20:

    • Registration for full credit courses should occur from July- September for the Fall semester and November- February for the Spring semester
    • The student or guardian will call the Hearing Office to receive a letter of reinstatement. Once the reinstatement has been issued then the student or guardian should contact the Evening High School and make an appointment to meet with the school Administrator, Counselor and Social Worker for an interview
    • The counselor will review the transcript, determine the courses which must be taken or determine if the student can successfully complete the diploma requirements by age 21. If the student is not eligible for enrollment, then they will be referred to the appropriate program
    • There is no course fee

     

    Procedures for interviewing potential dropouts who currently enrolled in one of the district’s high schools:

    • Students will meet with their home based school counselor
    • The zone Administrator and/or Counselor will complete the Evening High School referral form with reasons for admission
    • The student will be contacted by the Evening High School to schedule an interview time
    • There is no course fee

     

    Procedures for receiving hearing board referrals:

    • After receiving the disposition letter from the Hearing Board the parent or guardian will call the Office of Dropout Prevention/Evening High School and make an appointment for an interview
    • The student along with their parent/guardian must participate in the interview with the school Administrator, Counselor and Social Worker
    • There is no course fee

     

    Procedures for receiving students with Individual Educational Plans (IEP’s):

    • The Evening High School can accommodate Special Education students who are on diploma track
    • An IEP meeting must be held at the student’s zoned school to consider placement at the Evening High School
    • A special review meeting will be scheduled on Tuesday’s or Thursday’s with the Evening High School staff to determine if the Evening High School is an appropriate placement
    • If student is accepted, the current IEP will be amended to reflect changes in services provided

     

    Procedures for receiving students who are not a Richland One Student (Out of district, Out of state, etc.):

    • Student must report to the Hearing Office and/or District Registrar’s Office to obtain admission to Richland One

     


     

     

    Day  Time of Class   Time of Class   Time of Class
      1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period
    Monday 4:00 – 5:25 p.m. 5:27 – 6:42 p.m. 6:45 – 8:10 p.m.
    Tuesday 4:00 – 5:25 p.m. 5:27 – 6:42 p.m. 6:45 – 8:10 p.m.
    Wednesday 4:00 – 5:25 p.m. 5:27 – 6:42 p.m. 6:45 – 8:10 p.m.
    Thursday 4:00 – 5:25 p.m. 5:27 – 6:42 p.m. 6:45 – 8:10 p.m.