The CARE Program (Community Action for Responsive Education) provides a high-quality alternative education program for at-risk students in grades 7-12. The program builds upon student strengths and assets while identifying and developing areas of need. The program is designed so that students will be successful, even though they may have had difficulty in meeting the behavioral and academic standards necessary to thrive in a traditional school setting. A lower student to teacher ratio is maintained to help ensure improved behavior and academic performance. An individual learning plan is carefully developed and followed for each student. Communication and partnership with parents are central elements of the program.
This innovative program, which is currently offered at Markham Middle School, is operated in partnership with local school districts. Service is provided at the student's district of residence school. Each student is referred by their local school or their parents. The program is built on the partnership between school, students, and parents/guardians. A CARE team develops strategies to help students become successful academically and behaviorally. In order to ensure success for our students in meeting California State Standards, we utilize creative and innovative educational strategies. Our goal for our students is to become positive and contributing members of their community.
Curriculum is centered on state academic standards while taking into account individual needs and learning styles. Students attend a full-day academic program geared for successfully earning a middle or high school diploma.
The CARE program at Markham Middle School was honored on November 14th, with a visit from Combat Veterans Robert Kinzel (Marines) and Veronica Salter (Army). Their visit included a presentation about their careers in the military, insight into the sacrifices made by those who serve, and reasons why students must protect the freedom of Americans, which includes regularly stating the Pledge of Allegiance.
The CARE (Community Action for Responsive Education) program provides high-quality alternative education for at-risk students in grades 7-12. The program builds on student strengths and assets while identifying and developing areas of need. Speakers such as Kinzel and Salter allow students to practice their communication skills while showcasing post high school career options that excite and interest CARE students.