Providing comprehensive assessment and individualized education to help youth and families build happy, healthy lives.
1129 Colorado Ave
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Choices Community School serves youth ages 11-18.
Choices goal is to get at-risk youth back into education through an alternative and individualized program. Specific objectives for the 2001-2002 school year include:
On average, youth remain in Choices for 2-3 years before returning to traditional schools, alternative placement, or full-time work. Youth can graduate from Choices - receiving a high school diploma through Mesa County Valley School District #51. Choices is an on-going program of Hilltop with services and classes provided year-round.
Youth from Hilltop's residential programs attend Choices on a regular basis. The same alternative, individual education is provided to students from Miranda Place, Girls/Boys Shelter, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program, Homeward Bound, and Hilltop Youth Corrections. These youth benefit from the structured, small classes. The interaction between students assists in the transition when the youth are released from the residential program.
Program objectives are continually monitored and evaluated by program staff through statistical data and feedback from partner agencies as well as a school improvement plan. A strong emphasis is placed on parental involvement, personal responsibility, and relationships with teachers and peers. Case managers promote internships, employment opportunities, volunteer and work experience options, and academic achievement.
The students are evaluated by using the Mesa County Valley School District #51's North West Evaluation Association, and CSAP as an assessment tool. Another evaluation tool, is the six-trait writing assessment. Choices also has a pre- and post-test as a method to compare with other school districts and individualized math and reading programs designed to meet the needs of the student population.