East Bladen High School Alternative Academy
Eagle S.O.A.R (Scholarship/Successful. Organized.
Achievement. Respect) Academy
The Mission of the East Bladen S.O.A.R
Academy is to instill in students who are unreceptive to
traditional classroom settings, the academic, social, and behavior
skills essential for responsible and productive citizens in our
21st Century global society.
What is the Alternative
The academy is a program designed to
help the staff better meet students where "they are". It is
an alternative educational program on the site of the regular high
school for students that demonstrate severe and persistent behavior
problems that impact their ability to be successful in the
traditional classroom and setting.
What are the
Provide troubled student an opportunity for intensified academic
services and success in a structure, positive, and personal
Provide structured behavioral activities with students regularly to
address issues that necessary in order to achieve success.
Prepare students to master a relevant, rigorous, and relationship
d) Ensure that
students graduate ready to work and/or continue their education by
providing access to career awareness education.
Provide students returning to the school system from juvenile
justice agencies a smoother transition back into the traditional
Instill coping skills, strategies, and techniques into students so
that they can self-regular behavior.
The S.O.A.R Academy is intended for
students whose conduct patterns create continuous problems for
themselves, classmates, and staff. The student can pose a
threat to the learning environment by exhibiting behavior that
negatively impacts learning. Potential candidates include
unmanageable students from within the school, but also students who
are long-term suspended from other schools as well as those
returning to the school system from various juvenile justice
How does it work?
A student referred from the home school
will be referred by the home school administration
(principal/assistant principal) to the superintendent/assistant
superintendent. The referral will consist of the cumulative
behavior documentation, latest discipline referral, and a
recommendation letter. After receipt of the letter, the
student and parent will meet with the superintendent/assistant
superintendent or his/her designee to discuss the
recommendation. A final determination will be made by the
All current alternative school policies
regarding referrals will apply to the Alternative Academy (see Code
of Conduct). The high school principal will have executive
authority over the academy's programs and activities. The principal
will supervise qualified and certified teachers to provide
coursework for the academy.
All federal, state, local, and board
requirements for public high schools and middle schools will be
followed by the Alternative Academy, including but not limited
- instructional calendar
- textbooks and instructional materials
- physical education
- provision for lunch
- provision of health services
- including counseling compliance with laws and regulations
governing the education of students with disabilities
- compliance with federal laws governing privacy of student
- compliance with state laws governing the health and safety of
- Discipline, unless otherwise prohibited.
The Academy is in session every
Class sizes are generally small, but
will be determined based o referrals to the academy.
All students participating in the
academy will be required to ride the supervised transportation
provided by Bladen County Schools. Upon arrival, students
will be checked in using electronic metal detectors and are subject
to search throughout the school day at the direction of school
officials. Students will be dismissed at one time and
escorted to their assigned bus by staff. Participants w will
be unformed: solid polo shirts and khaki pants. Shirts will
be tucked in, a belt required, and pants will be work at or above
the waist, no exceptions. Other rule and regulations
stipulated in the Bladen County Schools Code of Conduct will be
The school cafeteria staff will provide
and deliver nutritious meals in a timely manner to the assigned
area. Students must be present the entire school day
with no checking in or out.
A contract shall be signed by the
student, parent, and teacher, agreeing with the Alternative Academy
policies. Parents are expected to attend progress report
sessions every three weeks.