Ronal Reagan Secondary School education is based on the philosophy that no two students are the same, especially when it comes to learning. That’s why we make a great effort to get to know each and every student who enrolls – their learning abilities, their living situations, and their personal interests.
RRSS provides every student with an individualized high school experience. Our counselors work with each student to develop his or her own Individualized Academic Plan (IAP), with carefully mapped-out, personalized learning strategies that reflects assessments of skills, aptitude, and future goals, including discussions with the student and his or her parents. This plan allows students and school staff members to set goals and create tangible, action-oriented, and personalized plans that focus students on the future. Students can contribute to this plan by creating to-dos and marking items as completed.
Before a student begins classes, RRSS counselors review his or her previous academic records to try to get an idea of existing strengths and weaknesses. We also ensure that students have completed prerequisites and don’t seem to be showing an inability to keep pace with the rest of their grade level. The student will then undergo a more detailed assessment which will paint a clear picture of where the student stands academically.
The entrance review process starts with reviewing records from the student’s previous school. Our staff evaluates what was effective and successful for each student in the past, and where opportunities exist to improve. This step in our admissions process ensures that the student has successfully completed prerequisites, had made successful progress on grade level, and allows our staff to select the appropriate grade level placement.
Diagnostic assessments are designed to provide parents, students and teachers with specific information about what skills the student has and has not mastered. The results empower students, parents and teachers to pinpoint, assign and review those areas the student must master before moving on to more complex materials. The point of the diagnostic testing is to ensure that students are prepared for the coursework of their respective grade level placements.
Following the initial assessments, a detailed consultation via phone between parents and a RRSS counselor will take place in order to best identify the student’s personality, modality, interests, aptitudes, and preferred learning atmosphere. With this information, parents and teachers can better understand the student and help create a learning plan that will facilitate getting the most out of the experience.
Simplify course planning and help students see how their plans affect their futures. With RRSS Course Planner, counselors can manage all course planning electronically. School staff can build IAP with graduation requirements and recommended coursework for four-year college-bound students, technical education seekers, and any other student group, and easily review their students’ course plans.
The academic plan is the result of a collaborative process between the family, admissions office, and counseling department. The process ensures that we address the student’s specific needs and goals so that he or she can be successful in our program.