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 student experience.
At Altus Schools, teachers are “on demand.”
Teachers are immediately available to assist you 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 academic needs. Whether you need the focus to catch up, freedom to accelerate, or support to finish, they will help you reach your goals.
Altus Schools have a plan for you!
At an Altus School, teachers work with you and your family from day one to create a unique educational experience. You will be treated as an individual and will be assigned courses based on your 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 education, explore our Pathways program below:
Life takes us down many different paths. At each Altus School, the Pathways program ensures that you have a clear goal in mind for your post-graduation plans. The Naviance Family Connection web-based program uses a combination of interest and personality-type surveys that identify your strengths and help you explore career options that may work best for you. Our unique program allows you to research your options, including four year universities, community colleges, work place readiness, and military prospects. Our experienced counselors and teachers will guide you each step of the way. Pathways puts meaning into your school work by providing you a clear, personalized vision for the future. It’s your life—which path will you choose?
Our PATHWAYS/Naviance Family Connection program uses a variety of surveys and research tools to help you develop your 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.
Personalized Education Plan
The first step you take as a student at an Altus School is to participate in a credit audit. Your counselor will look at the academic credits you have coming into the school and compare them to the requirements of your goal credits, no matter what path you decide. For example, if you choose to attend a four-year university, your counselor will compare your existing credits to the graduation requirements as well as university entrance requirements, and help you build a schedule for courses that will enable you to meet your goals for graduation and university. Your counselor will talk to you about your goals, learning style, test scores, and current interests to help you build a schedule that’s right for you. This schedule of courses and strategy for success is called a Pathways Personalized Education Plan (PPEP).
After you have set up your PPEP with a counselor, you work one-on-one with your teacher to succeed in your studies. Your teacher will talk with you and your parents about your progress and development in your academic studies to make sure that your PPEP is updated and accurate to match any changing goals, career interests, or academic achievements. A teacher may offer any course to you 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 you are in a Resource Center of an Altus School, you can expect one-on-one help from your teacher to answer questions about your studies or introduce new material. Any student can take any course, and Resource Centers are designed for quiet, focused study. Your teacher is always available by email for the days you aren’t in the Resource Center. Teachers provide field trips and tutoring sessions allowing you to experience unique and personalized learning opportunities.
If you have any questions or concerns about what to expect when you enroll, contact us!