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Student Expectations

Five Keys to Success at CCCS

Five Keys to Success at CCCS

When enrolling in a non-classroom based, blended learning instructional program at CCCS, students acknowledge and agree to adhere to the following expectations with regards to attendance, academics, lab, assessments, and behavior.

#1: Attendance

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  • Attend every scheduled meeting requested by teachers and other school staff, always arrive on time, and stay at school for assigned hours. While on campus, students are expected to be working on assignments or participating in scheduled classes or activities.
  • Attendance is based upon work completed and submitted. There are no excused absences. Illness or medical and family emergencies do not excuse a student from completing work and therefore earning attendance.
  • Your teacher is your primary contact at CCCS. If you cannot attend your meeting with your teacher, you must contact the teacher BEFORE your appointment time and discuss another arrangement for fulfilling attendance obligations.
  • Make arrangements to get to and from school prior to the day of your appointment. A consistent weekly transportation method is strongly encouraged. Lack of transportation is not an acceptable reason for failing to attend school and being on time. Students receive Regional Transit bus pass stickers for their student IDs.
  • Do not schedule other appointments (doctor, dentist, court, social worker, etc.) on the day of your appointment.
  • Students may be withdrawn and referred back to their school of residence if no work is submitted for two weeks in a row, if there are three total missed teacher appointments or required classes, or if the student misses 15 days of attendance. Students may also be withdrawn if they are not making sufficient academic progress to complete at least twenty credits in a semester.

#2: Academics

  • Complete all your assigned work prior to your appointment every week. If you have trouble completing your assignments, come to the lab immediately for assistance.
  • Academic Integrity: Complete your work with honesty and integrity. The Code of Academic Conduct prohibits violations of academic integrity such as cheating, plagiarism, falsification and fabrication, abuse of academic materials, complicity in academic dishonesty, falsification of records and official documents, personal misrepresentation and proxy, bribes, favors and threats. Students who violate the Academic Code of Conduct will be held accountable following the school’s discipline guidelines.
  • Grading Policy: Credits and grades are earned based on completion and mastery of assignments and teacher evaluation. Methods of evaluating a student’s work include weekly review of assignments, student demonstration of skills, verbal discussion, teacher observations, written and oral tests and quizzes, and cumulative exams.
  • Student work is due at the start of the appointment. By law, attendance will not be given for assignments submitted after the due date. Normally students earn five credits in a semester per subject. Credits are based on mastery of all course requirements, and are a function of the amount and quality of work as well as the breadth of study - not number of days, grades or assignments. On average, students should earn 25 credits during a semester to graduate in four years.
  • Any academic credits over 35 must have prior administrative approval. The decision to increase credit load will be based on academic history (grades and credits earned in previous semesters) and teacher recommendation. Other opportunities to earn additional credits beyond the 35 credits include: some small group elective classes at CCCS, Driver’s Ed, Adult Education, and/or Community College courses.
  • Students enrolled for a portion of the semester will only be eligible to earn a prorated portion of the credits

#3: Lab

  • Students are required to be on campus for a minimum of six hours a week in a combination of teacher appointment, classes, and lab time. Specific lab sessions and additional hours may be assigned by the student’s supervising teacher based on cohort placement and student need.
  • The lab is available to work quietly on assignments, obtain assistance from lab staff, to take computer-based tests, and to have work corrected. Lab materials and resources are only to be used for school-related work. Students who are not adhering to the lab rules will be asked to leave and will be held accountable following the school’s discipline guidelines.
  • Students new to CCCS have a required Onboarding class designed to support student success in independent study. This class is an additional 3 hours per week for the first four weeks (or until four sessions are completed).
  • Lab Expectations
    • Ask for and accept guidance and instruction from lab staff.
    • Time in lab is based on mastery of concepts and satisfactory completion of work.
    • Students are expected to abide by Computer Use Rules. Violation of these rules will result in revocation of computer privileges.
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#4: Assessments

Students are required to participate in a number of assessments throughout the year. During assessments, students are expected to be on campus for additional hours outside of their normally scheduled teacher appointment and lab requirements.
Required assessments include the following:
  • California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
  • All 11th grade students must take the CAASPP tests in the spring. There are four required tests: English Language Arts, Mathematics, ELA Performance Task, and Math Performance Task.
  • California Science Test (CAST) - Students take the CAST once during high school, either in 12th grade or when they have completed one year of Earth Science and one year of Life Science.
  • iReady Reading and Math Assessments - All students take the iready test in the fall, winter, and spring. This test is used to plan instruction and measure growth over the year.
  • Edgenuity Assessments - Unit tests in the Edgenuity on-line learning platform must be taken at school.
  • English Language Proficiency Assessments (ELPAC)
  • Students in kindergarten through grade twelve, who are classified as English learners, will take the ELPAC Summative Assessment every year until they are reclassified as proficient in English. Students are tested on their skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. To learn more about the ELPAC, please read the CDE Parent Guide to Understanding the ELPAC. If you have any questions about your child taking the ELPAC, please contact our school’s office.
  • Physical Fitness Test - All 9th grade students will take the Physical Fitness Test in the spring.
  • Writing Assessment -  All CCCS students will take a diagnostic writing assessment in the fall, a summative writing assessment in the spring, and monthly formative assessments.

#5: Behavior

Students are expected to:
  • Follow directions and be respectful to all school personnel.
  • Create a social contract with their teacher(s) and follow it at all times.
  • Behave and dress appropriately while at school.
  • Show current student identification at the front desk.
  • Put cell phones and other electronic devices away or allow a staff member to hold on to them when appropriate, e.g. during testing.
  • Follow the academic code of conduct.
  • Treat teachers, staff, other students, and school materials with respect.
  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity in regard to all assignments and communications.
  • Violence, vandalism, and the possession or use of drugs, alcohol, and weapons are strictly prohibited.
  • Dress Code: Students must give due attention to personal neatness, cleanliness, and appropriateness of dress. Any clothing that is disruptive or inappropriate to the school learning environment could result in a student being asked to change or being sent home for the day
Discipline Guidelines - Failure to adhere to academic and behavior expectations will result in the following:
  • Being asked to leave campus
  • Parent contact and/or conference
  • Increased lab requirement
  • Behavior/Academic Contract
  • Meetings with school administrators
  • Revocation of work permit
  • Suspension (See Appendix for official policy)
  • Expulsion (See Appendix for official policy)
  • Termination of the Independent Study Agreement and withdrawal from CCCS
  • GCC Board Policy BP 4-17 Suspension and Expulsion is available in the main office
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