New Beginnings/New Directions/New Horizons is designed to help students transition into middle school, high school, postsecondary, or the world of work. The students participating in the program will gain experience that will help them prepare for their future.
Real World Connections
The New Beginnings/New Directions/New Horizons program experience further enables students to learn and develop by making connections between the classroom and the real world
through industry tours, team building activities, and college visits.
New Beginnings for Grades 4-5
New Beginnings is designed for students in grades four and five to help students prepare for the
transition into middle school.
New Directions for Grades 6-8
New Directions is designed to help students in grades six through eight prepare for the transition
into high school.
New Horizons for Grades 9-12
The New Horizons program was developed for students in grades nine through 12 to assist with the move into postsecondary education and the workforce.
Activities and Curriculum
There are 30 students at each campus with a team of school personnel working with these students. Guided by business partners and the campus teams, students will work through the High School 101 curriculum as well as other grade appropriate curriculum materials and explore topics such as communication skills, personal learning styles, technology literacy, people skills, choices and consequences, test taking/study skills, time management, business literacy, tolerance/diversity literacy, and financial literacy. Students will also participate in industry tours, team building activities, retreats, and college visits.
During trips to business and industry, students learn about various occupations and career opportunities within the field and gain a general understanding about the industry. Students who attend college visits will experience campus life and meet with college representatives to discuss admission requirements, scholarships, and financial aid. Activities can be modified to fit student and campus needs.
Sandra Keane M.Ed
College Access Coordinator
Intercampus Mail: Box #10
Goals and Objectives
1. Increased Student Academic Achievement
a. 98% of all participating students will be promoted to the next grade level and be on track for a timely graduation
b. 95% of all participating students will pass all portions of the STAAR test
2. Improved Student Engagement in School
a. Attendance of all participating students will increase by 3%
b. 100% of participating students will self-report an increased engagement with school
c. 88% of all participating students will have no discipline referrals
d. 80% of all participating students will engage in a program sponsored Service Learning project
e. 98% of participating students will remain in school and on track for a timely graduation
3. Improved Ability to Obtain Higher Education
a. 100% of students will self-report a belief in their ability to obtain higher education
b. 50% of participating students will enroll in Pre-AP, AP or dual enrollment coursework
c. 100% of participating students will attend a minimum of five higher education activities outside of the school day
Marginal student – academically (maybe other at-risk behaviors)
Not involved in school activities
Single parent home or living with extended family
Students may continue in the program from year to year
Students from all grade levels will need to be in the program including seniors since there could be scholarship opportunities. The exception is the New Beginnings Program that
serves only 4th and 5th grade students