ERIC Number: ED327621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
California Partnership Academies Handbook: A Guide to Success.
Stanford Mid-Peninsula Urban Coalition, Palo Alto, CA.
A California Partnership Academy is a voluntary school-within-a-school program for at-risk high school students. The program is based on a partnership between a school district, local employers, and the California Department of Education. The following special features are outlined: (1) close partnership between the school and employers; (2) block scheduling; (3) team teaching; (4) small classes; (5) orientation towards a fully credited diploma; (6) development of vocational skills needed by local employers; (7) voluntary participation; (8) parental permission; (9) mentoring; (10) summer jobs following grade 11; (11) work experience during the last half of grade 12; and (12) motivational activities. The roles of the following participants are explained: (1) the superintendent; (2) the district administrative liaison; (3) the industry liaison; (4) the principal; (5) the lead teacher; and (6) teachers. Academies use block scheduling, emphasize coordination and teamwork among the teachers, and rely on an advisory committee to set and review policies and procedures. Operation requires a substantial deviation from normal school operations and must have strong support from the school administration, parents, and the private sector. The following special problems are discussed: (1) dealing with the broad range of student skills; (2) preventing a negative image; (3) preventing negative attitudes among nonacademy teachers; (4) students entering the program with few credits; (5) limited administrative staff; and (6) limited information about technical curricula. The school district and the business community must match state funds to finance the program. A time-line for the start of a new academy, figures illustrating the student selection process and the procedure for handling problem students, the mentor questionnaire, and a 3-year financial estimate are included. (FMW)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Programs, High Risk Students, High Schools, Job Training, Program Descriptions, School Business Relationship, State Programs, Work Experience Programs
Stanford Mid-Peninsula Urban Coalition, 430 Sherman Avenue, Suite 305, Palo Alto, CA 94303.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Hewlett-Packard Co. Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Mid-Peninsula Urban Coalition, Palo Alto, CA.
Identifiers: California; Partnerships
Note: For a related document, see ED 318 826. Funding also provided by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.