What to Expect
Altus Schools operate very differently from most traditional public schools. Keep reading to learn more about how an Altus School can change your family’s experience with public education.
“On Demand” Teachers
Teachers are immediately available to assist your child in our Resource Centers. In fact, their response time is so quick that students say it is like they are “on demand.” Teachers at Altus Schools all hold current California teaching credentials and are specially trained to meet your child’s academic needs. Whether your child needs the focus to catch up, freedom to accelerate, or support to finish, teachers will help them reach their goals.
Personalized Education Plan
The first step a student takes at an Altus School is to participate in a credit audit. Your child’s counselor will look at the academic credits your child has coming into the school and compare them to the requirements of their goal credits, no matter what path they decide. For example, if your child plans to attend a four-year university, the counselor will compare existing credits to the graduation requirements, as well as university entrance requirements. The counselor will help you and your child build a schedule for courses that will enable your child to meet your goals for graduation and university. Your counselor will talk to you and your child about goals, learning styles, test scores, and current interests to help your child build a schedule that’s right for them. This schedule of courses and strategy for success is called a Pathways Personalized Education Plan (PPEP).
After you and your child have set up your PPEP with a counselor, your child will work one-on-one with their teacher to succeed in their studies. Their teacher will talk with you and your child about their progress and development in their academic studies to make sure that the PPEP is updated and accurate to match any changing goals, career interests, or academic achievements. A teacher may offer any course to a student at any time, and courses take 3-4 weeks to complete. In the Altus model, students study one or two courses at a time.
Resource Center Environment
When your child is in a Resource Center of an Altus School, they can expect one-on-one help from their teacher to answer questions about their studies or introduce new material. Any student can take any course, and Resource Centers are designed for quiet, focused study. Their teacher is always available by email for the days they aren’t in the Resource Center. Teachers provide field trips and tutoring sessions allowing you to experience unique and personalized learning opportunities.
At an Altus School, teachers work with you and your family from day one to create a unique educational experience. Your child will be treated as an individual and will be assigned courses based on their academic and career plans. University of California A-G approved courses are offered across the curriculum to all students at each school. In addition, a variety of pathways that frequently align better with student needs are available. For more information on how we can personalize your child’s education, explore our Pathways program below:
Life takes us down many different paths. At each Altus School, the Pathways program ensures that students have a clear goal in mind for their post-graduation plans. The Naviance Family Connection web-based program uses a combination of interest and personality-type surveys that identify each child’s strengths and help them explore career options that may work best for them. Our unique program allows students to research their options, including four year universities, community colleges, work place readiness, and military prospects. Our experienced counselors and teachers will guide your child each step of the way. Pathways puts meaning into each student’s school work by providing them a clear, personalized vision for the future.
Our PATHWAYS/Naviance Family Connection program uses a variety of surveys and research tools to help students develop their chosen path. Learn more about some of the available resources by reading below. If you would like more information about Altus Pathways and how Altus Schools enable student success, please contact us.
Game Plan: Create targeted goals for after high school.
Personality Type: Learn about your personality strengths and gain insight into your educational and career needs.
Learning Style: Find out what environment and methods make learning optimal for you.
Explore Interests: Complete a Career Interest Profiler and explore what careers appeal to you.
Cluster Finder: Report activities that you enjoy, personal qualities that you have, and school subjects that you enjoy to find a cluster of careers that would be a good match for you.
Roadtrip Nation: Browse through interviews of famous individuals who followed their interests and made their dreams into reality.
College Research: Look up schools that you are interested in applying to, and compare requirements and student life. You can even view maps of where students have historically been accepted from our school.
SuperMatch: Match yourself to colleges who accept students just like you.
Scholarships: Search through our database of local and national scholarships.
Pathways pages: Each pathway expert creates and maintains his or her page with specific information about 4 year college, 2 year college, career readiness, and the military.
If you have any questions or concerns about what to expect when you enroll, contact us!