Degrees and Certifications:
Rare Earth High School is the continuation high school for Southern Kern Unified School District. Students who are in grades 9 through 12 attend Rare Earth to earn credits for a high school diploma. Students are assigned to Rare Earth if they have fallen behind in credits and would not be able to graduate in a timely manner at the traditional high school. We also have students who are able to regain their credits and return to the high school to complete their graduation requirements.
Abraham Lincoln Independent Study serves student in grades 4- 12. Our independent study program is designed for students whose families have chosen independent study rather than a traditional school setting. When a student chooses independent study, the student takes on more responsibility, needs to be self-directed and disciplined to complete all assignments and attend regular meetings with teachers. Parents need to make the commitment to become more involved than they may have found necessary in the traditional setting.
We have a highly qualified staff at Alternative Education. The teachers have worked with students in the traditional classroom and then have made the move to Alternative Education. I am very proud of the staff and am always confident of their performance and know the results will benefit students.
We strive to offer inventive and relevant curriculum for our students. This year, we have implemented a computer lab which allows students to work at a quicker pace. The district has invested in an online program and fifty computers for student use. Teachers are working to set up the programs and have the students accessing this new means of earning credits. The program is being used full time at Rare Earth and is being incorporated into individualized student programs at Abraham Lincoln.
Parent involvement is a vital key to Alternative Education. Students have made poor choices which resulted in placement at Rare Earth to gain credits. We encourage parents to monitor student progress regularly. We send out progress reports and report cards on the same schedule as the other school sites. Parents are welcome to set up appointments to meet with me and discuss the progress of the students.
Abraham Lincoln is a choice, and students must attend their one-on-one sessions with the teacher and complete all assignments. Parents become the monitor and/or instructor more than when a child is at a traditional site. Your child's teacher will appreciate your assistance in managing the student's progress.
All of us working together have the same goal - provide an opportunity for each student to succeed and to complete requirements for promotion and graduation. We welcome your suggestions and questions. Consider being a part of our School Site Council and participate in the exciting changes and further development of our program.
You may contact me or make an appointment by calling 661-256-5090. I look forward to the 2015-2016 school year and working with the students, the staff and the parents of Alternative Education.