Maple High School (MHS) provides alternatives for students that find traditional comprehensive high school programs unable to meet their particular needs. Students come to Maple for various reasons including credit recovery, smaller class sizes, unique programs, flexible day, etc.
Our mission: Through human connection, we inspire students to be critical thinkers, to be socially responsible and to have strong civic awareness.
Maple teachers also serve as student advisors, mentors and homeroom teachers. Students generally stay with their homeroom teacher until they graduate. This person meets with the student, reviews their progress toward graduation and continually monitors the student academically and socially to ensure they stay on track.
Students are provided with an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) that is referred to by staff, students and families on a daily basis. The counseling and classified staff are available to help students find answers to the daily challenges that would otherwise impede their progress toward graduation.
During the 2016-17 school year, Maple High School students successfully pioneered the first cohort of students in the Lompoc Unified School District to complete the GRID Alternatives high school solar awareness solar installation program. The students opened the door for five more cohorts in the 2017-18 school year. This was a major accomplishment, as this was the first time Maple High School students had an opportunity to complete a program that provided them with a certificate of completion and skills gained. Maple High School is proud to share that two of the students from the first cohort are now paid interns with GRID Alternatives. Maple High School continued this partnership for the 2018-19 school year. Students began their training with GRID Alternatives in November 2018. Maple High School continues this partnership into the 2019-20 school year with even more opportunity. MHS students no longer have to travel to Santa Maria to learn these valuable skills. GRID Alternatives now bring mock roofs to our campus. This allows students who are under 18 to learn all of the skills and allows more students to participate in the program.
Maple High School began a partnership with a local yoga studio in 2016-17 as well. Students who went regularly increased their attendance by 30 to 40 percent. Students continued to attend yoga classes over the summer on scholarship, and Maple High School has decided to keep this program running, as it proved successful. For the 2017-18 school year, MHS increased the number of days yoga was available from three to five and saw improvement in attendance, and students found an outlet for mental health needs. Finding great benefit in this, MHS will continue to offer this program five days each week to students during the 2019-20 school year.
During the 2018-19 school year, Maple High School offered Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Elective. Seven staff members went to the AVID Summer Institute, came back excited, and ready to implement AVID Strategies in the classroom. Because of the transiency at an alternative high school, implementing AVID effectively was trial and error. Overall it was a success, and in the summer of 2019, three staff went to the Summer Institute and came back to implement AVID school wide. During the 2019-20 school year, every student on campus carries a binder and every teacher teaches Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading (WICOR) and conducts binder checks on Thursdays.
Students at Maple High School have opportunities to participate in intramural sports, compete in sports with other alternative high schools and apply to be a coach for elementary school students who want to participate in sports, dependent on the interest. Maple High works with different elementary schools throughout the year. During the 2017-18 school year, MHS planned and participated in the first tournament-style athletic event with two other continuation high schools. For the 2019-20 school year, MHS has three tournaments planned. Four continuation schools participate, each taking turns travelling. This is rewarding to our students, especially those who were athletes at their previous schools.
At MHS, we offer and require all students to take a mediation class. We recently incorporated this at the local elementary schools. In the 2017-18 school year, MHS mediators trained mediators at one elementary school and will continue this process for the 2019-20 school year. While some schools have conflict resolution, we have trained mediators who intervene before fights or major verbal altercations happen on our campus. It is exciting to watch them in action with elementary school kids who want to do the same thing.
At Maple, we expect each student to show self-discipline in three areas during each six-week session: academics, behavior and attendance. Maple focus areas include raising the basic reading and math scores, improving student attendance, increasing the number of students who enroll in college classes, and increasing the number of opportunities students have to participate in college and career readiness activities. We strive to ensure every student is receiving a quality education while attending Maple.
Maple High School has a highly qualified Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team collecting data, implementing strategies to reteach behaviors and prevent suspensions. Every teacher and staff member, including our lead custodian, have been trained in PBIS and are contributing members of our team. All teachers meet as a team on Friday afternoons to discuss concerns and accomplishments of students and collaborate around how to better support struggling students.
As always, Maple staff strives to create a warm, caring family atmosphere to promote personal responsibility, self-respect, and overall accountability for student conduct and academic success. Most recently, all staff has been working to develop awareness around the college and career readiness indicators and shifting the thought process around how teaching occurs in the alternative education setting.