Central Lyon Alternative Setting
In 2014, Central Lyon began a comprehensive effort to re-engage students with the introduction of CLAS (Central Lyon Alternative Setting). CLAS provides educational support for students up to the age of 21, requiring the standard graduation requirements of the Central Lyon Community School District. The low student-to-teacher ratio provides each student with adequate attention from his/her teachers. We encourage a culture that values personal relationships with students and recognizes staffs’ extended roles to respond effectively to students whose problems outside school may seriously limit their classroom performance. We offer support to students utilizing online classes, credit recovery, transition assistance, tutoring, and goal-setting.
- Online Learning Option. Can be used for credit recovery or to enroll in self-paced online classes not offered at Central Lyon or ones that conflict in a student schedule. Online learning will be monitored by the CLAS instructor. Lab sciences must be taken in the traditional classroom. All students are given the option to utilize online learning.
- Transition to High School Assistance. Incoming freshmen that have failed a middle school class will be given chance to break out of negative peer-groups and succeed based on individual performance, both academically and behaviorally. Freshmen that require a new way of learning may opt, with parent approval, to take English I online in CLAS. Middle school students failing three or more classes will initially attend CLAS during study hall, with grades checked every four weeks.
- Study Hall Placement. All high school students that earn a D+ or below at midterm, quarter, or semester, will spend study halls in CLAS for a minimum of four weeks. This includes regular, AP, and college online classes. Grades are checked every four weeks. In CLAS, student grades will be monitored, and individual help will be offered. If a student has no study halls, he/she will attend CLAS during DEAR (14 minute end-of-day study hall) and will be allowed to rejoin his/her specialized DEAR when all grades are a C or better. A specialized DEAR includes robotics, FFA officers, book club, chess club, house building, and yearbook staff.
- Goal Setting. Students in CLAS will set SMART goals, both short and long term, and will monitor progress with teacher guidance. An individualized path to graduation, while meeting Central Lyon graduation requirements, is offered to juniors or seniors at risk of dropping. Risk of dropping out is based on grades and attendance.
- Support. The guidance counselor provides post-secondary education preparation and is available to counsel students. The legal liaison officer leads issue-focused groups, provides life (social, communication) skills development, and offers school-to-work opportunities.