CIVICORPS ACADEMY

  • Serving youth who are 18-26 years old
  • Serving youth who do not hold a high school diploma

Students start by attending our accredited charter school on a self-designed schedule, gaining the solid academic foundation they need to thrive in our job training program and to prepare for college. Students can select from a full or part-time scholar status, depending on what other commitments they have in their lives outside of Civicorps.


ON SITE COUNSELING AND ADVISING

Students also engage in trauma-informed counseling, mindfulness, financial literacy, and college and career counseling.

  • Three full-time, on-site counselors for social services and college advising.
  • Wrap-around services to help all students navigate life challenges in order to achieve excellence.


CAREER SKILLS AND JOB TRAINING

Upon completion of a baseline of onboarding activities, students can advance to paid job training, earning a starting wage of $14.14 per hour while working full or part-time on crews at our Environmental Management social enterprise.

From the moment they arrive and as they progress through our program, youth receive personalized college and career counseling as they plan their next step after graduation. Our counselors help youth develop job search skills, enroll in college, access financial aid, and secure jobs or internships that will serve as stepping stones to living wage careers.

 

 

CIVICORPS PATH TO GRADUATION

Students can expect to take the following steps on the path to graduate:

Learning Academy Classroom Instruction 

Job Training and Continued Classroom Instruction

Internships and Professional
Pathways

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Grades and Portfolio Credit

Classes will not be graded but will be marked as Pass/Incomplete based on engagement, productivity, and academic progress.  Receiving “Pass” is most important with math classes as this allows you to move forward.  Receiving “Incomplete” will require you to redo the class if it is needed for promotion to the next class in the sequence (again, most critical for math).  All work that is completed and meets rubric standards will count toward portfolio requirements.  Teachers will track completion of portfolio work in CorpsNET and you will be able to view your progress toward graduation within your CorpsNET Portal.

Attendance, Engagement and Academic Stipend
  • While attendance is not required to be taken we will be tracking how frequently students connect with staff and counselors.
  • Engagement and completion of portfolio requirements are strongly encouraged so that all students continue working toward their graduation goal.  Teachers will articulate how engagement credit is earned.
  • Academic Stipends will be tied directly to weekly engagement for each class you are assigned (ie: receiving “engagement” credit for a class = $25 per class; if you met the engagement requirement in 4 classes = $100 for the week).  Reach out to Bethany with questions about the Stipend.
Meals and Food

Grab-and-Go lunches will be available daily for all working in Recycling and at the JTC.  A pop-up grocery for all Corpsmembers, with produce and dry goods available, will be held at 5th Street every Thursday from 11:30-3:00.

English Language Development

The ELL Teacher will continue to work one-on-one with early English learners through live Zoom sessions. All ELD students will be supported in mainstream classes by the teacher of record and in partnership with the ELL Teacher.

Case Counseling Services

Support Services staff are available to help just as if you were on site so please reach out. Case Counselors will be reaching out at least weekly to all students to check-in and ensure basic needs are being met (ie: food, shelter, health/hygiene, phone service, etc).  Should a student have questions or concerns they should absolutely reach out to staff.

Graduation

Civicorps will hold a June 2020 Graduation. What this will look like is still being determined. All students currently identified as “potential June Grads” should continue working to complete their portfolio. Requirements that are unable to be met in the traditional manner due to the Shelter-in-Place mandate will be adjusted as we receive guidance from the County Office of Education and the State Department of Education. Some of these requirements include: CPR/1st Aid Certification and the NWEA.  Other identified requirements will be modified to be met via virtual/online platforms (ie: interview skills, democratic participation, conflict resolution).

Students with IEP/504

The Resource Team will continue to support all scholars on their caseload through a variety of mechanisms which align with Individual Education Plans.  The Intervention Specialist and Instructional Aide will support in live Zoom sessions and through one-on-one phone calls, emails, and via text messaging.  The Resource Specialist will be in contact with students to clarify support systems in place during distance learning and to identify outstanding needs. To review Civicorps’ Special Education framework, please click here.

Technology

Civicorps is working quickly to address the tech needs of all students.  Priority is currently being placed on those with expectations of graduating this June 2020.  As loaner chromebooks become available we will reach out with a plan for distribution.