Class Spotlight - What is CTG?

Class Spotlight - What is CTG?
Posted on 12/21/2017


Lewis Central High School has many opportunities for student success. Some students come to the high school with various barriers that prevent students from performing at their best level of achievement. The At-Risk team can help bridge that gap through a variety of supports.

At-Risk Program Mission Statement: Our school community works to help all students achieve excellence by utilizing a systematic approach that uses student data and strong relationships, we achieve student success.

At-Risk Program Belief Statements:

  • Data driven, but relationship based
  • Treat each individual with respect and know them on a personal level
  • Help students find solutions to barriers preventing them from success
  • Open communication must be built with students and other staff members
  • Build a positive classroom climate where students can feel safe and supported

Courses Offered

Connections to Graduation (CTG): Students eligible for this high school class exhibit behaviors that may lead to dropping out of school.  Helping students graduate on time has always been the goal for Lewis Central staff and administration.  Connections to Graduation class will help students achieve this goal through continued monitoring of grades as well as academic and graduation progress. Time will be spent setting goals, journaling, and learning strategies for academic success. Additionally, students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a teacher or peer tutor during this class. The criteria used to determine enrollment eligibility include attendance, no connections to school, lack of credit accrual/progressing in school, and low achievement in reading or math. The students’ discipline/truancy records are also taken into account as well as a counselor interview to determine motivation, barriers and goals.  CTG may also offer opportunities for an online credit.

Credit Support Success (CSS): The eligibility to be in this class is the same as Connections to Graduation, but these students have potentially failed the same class multiple times and could be chronically absent.  Although they are still attending mainstream classes, they have tendencies to fall behind, which makes it more challenging to earn credits in these classes.

Online classes are more readily available to these students because these classes are self-paced and there are fewer gaps in students’ learning.  Students are selected purposefully and on a case-by-case basis.

Students who show behaviors that may lead to dropping out (must meet 2 of the 4 criteria):

  • Attendance issues
  • No connection to school
  • Lack of credit accrual
  • Low achieving in reading and/or math

* This class is maxed out at 15 students

The Pyramid of Supports is a three Tier system.  All students receive supports at the Tier One level, while approximately 7-20% of students receive Tier Two supports.  A small portion (1-6% of students) receive our most intensive Tier Three supports.  These are our most at-risk students.  We work very hard to ensure all students graduate from with a plan of action after they leave high school.

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