Burbank Unified School District provides an alternative program, the Community Day School, which provides a self-contained classroom environment in which students work to improve behavior, attendance and academic performance. The curriculum is aligned with that of the District's comprehensive middle and high schools and is based on the District and State adopted content standards. In addition to the Community Day School, the site also houses the New Vista program, an alternative program for Special Education students.
There are currently three classrooms in the Community Day School: one for middle school and two for high school. The average enrollment per classroom is 20 students, with current enrollment (January 2002) totaling 63 students. The capacity of the program is 75 students. The New Vista program serves 10 students and is staffed by a teacher and an instructional assistant for each classroom.
The staff consists of teachers, instructional assistants, an administrator, a campus supervisor, and a part time psychologist. The Coordinator of Alternative Education, the Director of Pupil Services, the Outreach Center, and Pupil Services Attendance Workers provide additional support for the program. Verdugo Mental Health staff provides additional counseling services to students and their families thanks to an outside agency agreement.
Staff maintains consistent communication with the students' parents who play an active role in the teens' education by attending meetings and, in some cases, attending class with their teen. Positive recognition is a goal of the staff, rewarding students for making progress behaviorally and academically. Recognitions include Student of the Month, field trips, and gift certificates from local businesses. – less – More from ZoomInfo »