WHAT IS TURNING POINT?
Some learners have circumstances which prevent them from being successful in a traditional school setting. TP provides learners with an opportunity to succeed in a non-traditional school setting. TP offers a positive option to larger secondary school settings, allowing learners to work at an accelerated pace on individualized curriculum to achieve a high school diploma and to prepare for their next step in life- college, work force, specialized training, etc.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THIS PROGRAM?
Any learner who has not completed the school year of their twenty-first birthday may be accepted to TP if they have a compelling reason and/or meet one or more of the following requirements (appropriate documentation required):
• Learners retained one or more grades in high school
• Learners wanting to accelerate their graduation plan
• Over age learners who have dropped out of school and are returning
• Learners who are married, pregnant (must have doctor’s statement), and/or parenting teens
• Learners who have been in a residential placement facility, substance abuse treatment facility, etc.
• Extenuating family or health circumstances necessitating an accelerated education
• Extenuating circumstances that put the learner at risk of not completing their high school education
WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE TURNING POINT PROGRAM?
• Expelled learners are not eligible during the term of their expulsion and/or discipline placement
• Learners who are not eligible for enrollment in Coppell ISD
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Enrollment is free of charge to all eligible learners. Not all courses offered at the main campuses are available at TP. Learners wishing to take additional course work may do so at their own expense (options will be discussed during the interview, if needed). No transportation is provided. Learners may NOT attend classes at another school while enrolled in TP. Learners are making a commitment to remain in the program until the end of the current school year and or until graduation.
HOW MUCH TIME WILL I HAVE TO SPEND IN SCHOOL?
Learners enter the program for a full day: 8:55 AM – 4:00 PM. Every six weeks options may be reviewed for a modified schedule. If the learner has met expectations, they may qualify. A minimum of 20 hours of instruction per week- 4 hours per day may be earned. This will be discussed at your interview.
HOW MUCH TIME WILL I HAVE TO SPEND OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS?
This varies for every learner. On the average, learners will agree to spend at least three hours, daily, working on course work outside of the school day: this includes weekends and school holidays, as needed. Learners will also be required to participate in school related activities – physical activity program, workshops, preparation for assessments, six weeks celebrations, service committee projects, graduation exit meeting, enrichment opportunities, etc.
HOW SOON CAN I GRADUATE?
How soon a learner graduates will depend upon how many credits the learner has upon entering the program and how hard he or she is willing to work. Required state assessments must be met (ex: TAKS, STAAR, EOC).
WILL I RECEIVE A COPPELL HIGH SCHOOL / NEW TECH HIGH @ COPPELL DIPLOMA?
All learners who complete the required credits for graduation and pass the state-required assessments will receive a high school diploma granted by TEA from Coppell High School (NTH@C learners transfer to CHS upon entrance to the TP program). Learners must have a recommendation from the Victory Place @ Coppell principal and approval from the CHS principal to participate in graduation ceremonies.
WHAT ABOUT THE STAFF’S QUALIFICATIONS?
The staff at the TP is made up of motivated, highly qualified, certified educators who are trained in the most effective teaching and learning techniques available. All staff have specialized training to meet diverse learner needs.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Enrollment is limited. Learners may request an application from their school counselor, Victory Place @ Coppell, or get one online. Once you complete your application, you may turn it into VP@C or to your home school counselor. Your counselor and assistant principal will be requested to complete a referral for you. Once we receive your completed application, a required, parent/learner interview with the TP staff will be scheduled. If approved by the TP committee, learner will begin once there is an opening available.
HOW DO I REMAIN IN GOOD STANDING AT TP?
Learners are expected to meet program expectations in attendance, behavior, academic, and life principles progress. Learners’ progress will continually be evaluated. If there is attendance, disciplinary, and/or academic problems, learners may be removed from TP at any time. You must show progress in order to remain a learner at TP. You are under the CISD Student Code of Conduct, in addition to TP expectations. Remember, you are making a commitment to complete the school year and/or graduate while attending TP. If you are removed from TP during the semester, you will not be allowed to return to CHS until the end of the semester or the following school year.