What are some Middle School and High School Intervention Programs?

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Intervention has become an important tool for servicing students who struggle academically particularly in reading and/or math. School intervention programs are very popular in elementary schools, but what about middle school and high school? The truth is that the older the student is, the more difficult it becomes to get a student who is behind back on grade level. That doesn’t mean that schools shouldn’t have intervention programs in place for their middle school and high school students.

However, these programs should embrace the middle school/high school culture where motivating students becomes half the battle. Motivating students will lead to improvement and growth in all areas of academics.

It is important to understand that what works for one school may not work in another. Each school has its own culture shaped by many external factors. Principals and teachers need to work together to figure out what aspects of a program are applicable to their school’s unique situation. With that in mind, we explore two different middle school/high school intervention programs. They were designed to motivate students to succeed academically to give those struggling students some much needed extra assistance

Intervention Program #1– 8th Hour/Saturday School

Premise: Most students do not want to spend extra time at school. This program is aimed at two primary groups of students:

  1. Those students are below grade level in reading and/or math.

  1. Those students who often fail to complete or turn in work.

Any Where Public Schools wants every student to be successful academically. To aide in their success, we are implementing an intervention program. The intervention program has been initiated for several purposes. Those include:

  • Completing incomplete assignments or missing assignments.

  • Receiving extra assistance on assignments.

  • Requiring extra time when a student has been absent.

  • Building reading and math skills so as to prepare a student for state testing.

The intervention program will be run by a reading specialist or certified teacher. It will be held during 8th hour, which will be an immediate extension of the school day running from 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. every day. Students may also be required to serve a Saturday School. This is not intended as student discipline but has been implemented as an academic aid to success. Each of the four components is broken down below:

Completing incomplete assignments or missing assignments.

  1. Any student who turns in an incomplete or a zero will be required to serve an 8th hour the day that assignment was due.

  2. If they complete the assignment on that day, then they will receive full credit for that assignment. However, if they do not complete it that day, they must continue to serve 8th hour until the assignment is complete and turned in. The student will also only receive 70% credit if they do not turn it in that day. Each additional day it takes to complete an assignment will also add to the count towards a Saturday School as discussed in point four.

  1. After three missing/incomplete assignments, then the maximum a student can score on any missing/incomplete assignment thereafter is 70%. This penalizes students who continuously do not complete work.

  2. If a student turns in a combination of 3 incomplete and/or zeros in a nine weeks period, then the student will be required to serve a Saturday School. After they have served a Saturday School, it will reset, and they will have 3 more incomplete/zeros before they are required to serve another Saturday School.

  3. This will reset at the end of each nine weeks.

Getting extra assistance on assignments.

  1. Any student who needs extra help or tutoring on assignments may voluntarily come in during 8th hour to receive that help. Students must take the initiative for this.

Requiring extra time when a student has been absent.

  1. If a student is absent, they will be required to spend the day that they returned in 8th hour. This will allow extra time to get the assignments and to complete them, so there is not as much to do at home.

  2. The student will be required to collect their assignments the morning they return.

Building reading and math skills so as to prepare a student for state testing.

  1. After cross referencing state testing scores and/or other assessment programs, a small group of students will be selected to be pulled in two days a week to help improve either their reading level or math level. These students will be assessed periodically to monitor their progress. Once they reach their grade level, then they will graduate out in that area. We intend this part of the program to give students skills they are missing and needing to be more successful in math and reading.

Intervention Program #2 – Fast Friday

Premise: Students like to get out of school early. This program provides an incentive for students who maintain at least a 70% in all subject areas.

Any Where Public Schools wants every student to be successful academically. To aide in their success, we are implementing an intervention program call Fast Friday. Fast Friday has been initiated to motivate students to keep their grades above a 70% and to provide extra assistance for those students who have grades below a 70%.

Fast Fridays will occur on a bi-weekly basis. On Fast Friday our daily class schedule will be shortened from our traditional seven 50 minute classes with 5-minute breaks to seven 30 minute classes with 3-minute breaks.

School will begin at the normal 8:15 a.m. and will be dismissed after lunch at 12:45 p.m. for students maintaining grades of 70% or above.

Students who have only one class in which they are below a 70% will be required to stay until 2:00 p.m. during which they will receive extra assistance in the class which they are struggling. Students who have two or more classes in which they have below a 70% will be required to stay until the normal 3:15 p.m. dismissal during which they will receive extra assistance in each class they are struggling.