Saginaw Learn to Earn Academy
Saginaw Learn to Earn Academy’s mission is envisioned as an exemplary career and life-skills choice option that recovers and re-engages general and special education students, who would otherwise remain outside of the educational system, in a career and life-skills focused academy; utilizes an effective planning and service delivery strategy to personalize learning based upon each student’s learning needs and interest; enhances traditional classroom instruction by involving staff as mentors and coaches; supports each student in acquiring and demonstrating knowledge through individualized life and workplace practice and learning experiences; equips students with skills to make responsible decisions in critical attributes of productive adult life; integrates curricula to support student self management, organization, and applied learning skills; while utilizing the community as an extended learning environment to help solve these challenges.
Saginaw Learn to Earn Academy is established in Saginaw County, Michigan within the boundaries of the Saginaw Intermediate School District. The academy serves grades 9-12 with an anticipated enrollment of 120, including approximately 50 Special Education students. The student-staff ratio is kept no greater than 1:25. The enrollees are comprised of high school drop-outs.
Saginaw Learn to Earn Academy is envisioned as an exemplary career and life-skills choice option for Saginaw County youth ages 14-20 years. Special Education students maintain eligibility per Michigan law pertaining to age 26. The academy vision (1) recovers and re-engages general and special education students who would otherwise remain outside the educational system in a career and life-skills focused academy; (2) utilizes an effective planning and service delivery strategy to personalize learning based upon each student’s learning needs and interest; (3) enhances traditional classroom instruction by involving staff as mentors and coaches; (4) supports each student in acquiring and demonstrating knowledge through individualized life and workplace practice and learning experiences; (5) equips students with skills to make responsible decisions in the 6 critical attributes of productive adult life:
c) leisure and recreation,
d) relationships with others,
f) responsible citizenship;
(6) integrates curricula to support student self management, organization, and applied learning skills such as teamwork, problem solving, use of technology, communication, and related skills aligned with State Content Standards and Benchmarks; (7) complies with state and federal special education regulations; (8) utilizes an alternative daily schedule including a four day, 7.5 hour schedule; (9) involves parents as key advocates and supporters in the education process; (10) and activates parents, community organizations, and charter and traditional public schools in addressing high school dropouts and high unemployment rates, while utilizing the community as an extended learning environment to help solve these challenges.
The Academy utilizes five (5) successful intervention strategies used to re-engage dropouts: 1) persistence, continuity, and consistency from adults in the learning environment; 2) monitoring and tracking occurrences of high-risk behaviors to ensure immediate, effective intervention; 3) relationship building with at least one caring adult; 4) affiliation and involvement in school activities; and 5) student problem solving skills.
Workplace learning environments are developed that provide opportunities for intentional design of both learning and work. Work-based learning through carefully planned, structured, and sequenced work experiences enhance classroom learning in the achievement of explicit learning goals.
Mentoring improves the self-esteem and academic performance of youth while at the same time reducing high-risk behavior. Use of teachers and other adults as mentors becomes an effective strategy for youth learning and mastery of academic content, technical competencies, and emotional development.
The Academy partners with Michigan Rehabilitation Services, the Workforce Investment Act program, and local employers to provide avenues of access to gainful training and work experiences. The Academy’s staff establish partnerships, provide placement, track, evaluate, recommend and mentor throughout the entire work readiness portion of the Academy’s curriculum.
The Academy is one of a kind in Michigan that the enrollees are exclusively high school drop-outs, having been out of schol for at least one semester prior to enrollment. Our enrollment occurs in cooperation, not competition, with county-wide public, parochial and charter schools. The focus begins with attracting youth, followed by retaining, educating in core, transition, and employability knowledge, and culminating in an endorsed High School diploma. Many students also attain full or part-time employment, as well as credentials allowing higher education options, all working together to provide a framework for success beyond high school.
2013 Board Members
Michael Cooper – President
Sylvester Payne – Vice President
John Brady – Secretary
(989) 399-8775 x 213 or 214
Other Educational Services
Saginaw County Juvenile Detention Center School
3360 Hospital Rd., Saginaw MI 48603
989-799-2821 ext. 4215
Administrator: Heidi Ferguson
Secretary: Tara Fox
Educate detained youths ages 10 to 17
Youth attend classes six hours per day
Credits transfer to home school
Middle and high school programs
Title I program, computer labs and tutoring
Staff of nine teachers, administrators and support staff
Interim Alternative Education Program
1000 Tuscola St. Saginaw MI 48601
Educates special education eligible students not able to attend their home school due to expulsion or suspension.
Students attend two and a half to three hours per day.
Services K-12 grade students.
Referrals come only from any of the school districts in Saginaw County.
Students remain enrolled in their referring school.
Student IEP/Placement indicates length of placement.
Students progress in all assigned subjects (core and electives).
Grades and credit earned sent to referring school as part of that school’s student record.
Students return to home school or another school of choice/application accepted after placement ends.
The Health Source Hospital School Program serves youth in the adolescent unit. Services are individualized, with academic reports forwarded to students’ home school upon discharge. Health Source Hospital is located at 3340 Hospital Rd., Saginaw. Telephone number is 989-790-7700.
Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy benefit special education eligible students with specific needs in those areas. Referrals and requests for services come from area schools through the Individualized Education Plan. Therapists are assigned to school districts.
School-to-Work Program provides vocational services to students in all Saginaw County districts. Each school district has personnel assigned. Referrals come from the schools.
More information and school reports see the Saginaw Intermediate School District website.
Shiawassee Rehabilitation Program
SVRC contracts with the local school district in Shiawassee County to provide vocational evaluation services, case managment services, career training services and adminstrative support services to students. The staff at Shiawassee Rehabilitation Program can be reached at Student Learning Center East 989-723-8205. Referrals for the program come from the school.