At Health Leadership High School we focus on supporting students. 360-degree support is a priority of our educational program.
Our Student Supports are guided by these underlying philosophies:
- Positive Youth Development
- Support from graduation through transitioning to adulthood
- High expectations require high levels of support (social/emotional/academic/health)
Below are some key components to the Student Supports provided at Health Leadership. Please contact Stacie Ortiz, Student Support Director, if you have any questions regarding Student Support.
Student Support Team:
At Health Leadership, we ask students to take big risks both academically and personally. High expectations require high levels of support, thus building a supportive community is important. At Health Leadership, the Student Support Team takes the form of three full-time School Social Workers that includes the Director of Student Support and a Student Success Coach who are available to students, families, and staff. Any student, parent or community member is welcome to visit with the Student Support Team.
The Support Team Goals:
- Supporting Special Education Students
- Supporting English Language Learners
- Supporting staff as Advisors and Teachers to create positive relationships with students and families
- Supporting Positive Youth Development practice
- School Culture
- Collaborating with community supports for students and families
- Supporting individual students
- Collaborating with Families to support their child
- Facilitating Advisory curriculum as needed
- Assisting in disciplinary issues and proactive practices to eliminate disciplinary issues
- Providing support during family meetings
- Peer Mediation and Social Justice
- Running Groups addressing student needs
- Co-facilitates advisories as needed
Positive Youth Development (PYD)
At HLHS we work to foster an environment of Positive Youth Development. Specifically, we work to help young people reach their highest potential while working to reduce/prevent them from engaging in risky behaviors. This is done by promoting a school culture that is safe, has structure, and promoting positive social norms. We work to develop strong meaningful supportive relationships with students and their Advisors and giving students responsibilities and meaningful challenges through our project based instructional model. We want our students to feel and realize they are a valuable resource to our school. At HLHS, it is important that we foster a sense of belonging and promote ample opportunities to build student’s skills around social/emotional wellness.
Health Leadership Advisory Program Overview:
Advisory at Health Leadership is the staging area for school culture and academic success. It is our daily Rounds meeting to ensure that students are ready to do their best school work daily. We promote fostering the development of a meaningful and supportive relationship with a caring adult Advisor.
- The Advisor is the primary contact for parents, families, caregivers, and students as well as the connection for students with the supports throughout the school
- Advisory is the hub of developing school culture
- Advisees stay with their Advisor until graduation. (this may not be the case as the school grows and grades are added)
- School wide Rounds or meetings will be held weekly during a shortened Advisory meeting
- Advisory is a class with Learning Outcomes driving its design and in which students earn credit
- Advisory is a place where developmental relationships are of primary importance, with both the family and the student
- Advisory meets daily
- Advisors conducts bi-weekly progress checks. This is a space for some academic support (i.e. reading, tutorial, organizational support)
- Family meetings are held at least once per trimester between family, student and advisor
Advisors are the primary adult responsible for scheduling and facilitating family meetings though other staff may be in attendance. Ideally, students will lead their family meetings, which are held each trimester. These meetings could be held more often, but when scheduled are required for the student and family to attend. The advisor should be present for or followed up with about any meeting related to their advisee. This includes celebration of success, disciplinary issues, social/emotional issues, or academic support discussions.
The Health Leadership 360-degree Student Support
- Student Growth, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Asset Development & Decision Making (i.e. dealing with their responsibilities, identifying pressures and accessing supports, reaching their maximum potential, meeting high expectations, learn from breakdowns, celebrate successes, being healthy physically, intellectually, and emotionally)
- School Culture (i.e. mentorship between students and adults, produce plans collaboratively with those who will do the work, reveal and remove constraints on planned tasks as a team, make reliable promises, make connections to and take responsibility for all parts of the school)
- Safety: Physical/Social/Emotional Safety: as a part of school and classroom culture; physical, emotional, and mental health; dress code, drug, alcohol and substance use/issues and support.
- Student Voice (i.e. how students are involved in decision making at the school)
- Transition (i.e. IEP/504/ELL support, HLHS career choice, entering high school, graduation, plan in greater detail as you get closer to doing the work)
- Advocacy (i.e. by the student, with the student, and for the student)
- Support and Preparation (i.e. buddy system, gateway/exhibition support, mentorship)
Support for students experiencing homelessness under the McKinney-Vento Act
Students if you live in any of the following situations: A shelter, a motel or campground due to lack of an alternative accommodation, in a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station, doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship, the school can assist you to make sure your education is not interrupted as a result. You can speak to Student Support Director Stacie Ortiz for support and options.
Families or students who feel they have not fully been supported by the school and are experiencing these challenges can access further support and express their complaint through the school complaint policy. Should you feel you need this support please contact the school to assist you to provide guidance in this process.