TURNING POINT INFORMATION
“The mission of Victory Place @ Coppell, as an individualized and structured learning community in Coppell ISD, is to cultivate self-directed, resourceful, and responsible problem-solvers with the courage to persevere and adapt to meet global challenges through safe, rigorous, and engaging educational experiences facilitated by supportive, committed, and innovative professionals.”
WHAT IS TURNING POINT?
A program for current CHS or NTH@C learners who would like to accelerate their learning and/or for learners who have circumstances which prevent them from being successful in a traditional school setting. TP provides learners with an opportunity to succeed in a non-traditional school setting which primarily uses an online curriculum. TP offers a positive option to larger secondary school settings, where learners work at an accelerated pace on individualized curriculum to achieve a high school diploma and to prepare for their next step in life- college, workforce, specialized training, military, etc.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THIS PROGRAM?
Any learner who has not completed the school year of their twenty-first birthday may be accepted to TP if they have a compelling reason and/or meet one or more of the following requirements (appropriate documentation required):
- Learners wanting to accelerate their graduation plan
- Extenuating family or health circumstances necessitating an accelerated education
- Learners retained one or more grades in high school
- Over age learners who have dropped out of school and are returning
- Learners who are married, pregnant (must have doctor’s statement), and/or parenting teens
- Learners who have been in a residential placement facility, substance abuse treatment facility, etc.
- Extenuating circumstances that put the learner at risk of not completing their high school education
- Priority is given to 12th graders.
WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE TURNING POINT PROGRAM?
- Expelled learners are not eligible during the term of their expulsion and/or discipline placement
- Learners who are not eligible for enrollment or not currently enrolled in Coppell ISD
- Learners who have extensive discipline and/or attendance problems
Enrollment is free of charge to all eligible learners. Not all courses (i.e. AP, Pre-AP, certain electives) offered at the main campuses are available at TP. Some activities will require fees and /or additional supplies. Transportation is provided for learners eligible for bus transportation in CISD, but families are encouraged to drop off or allow for walk/bike to school. Learners may NOT attend classes at another school while enrolled in TP. Learners are making a commitment to remain in the program until the end of the current semester or school year and or until graduation.
HOW MUCH TIME WILL I HAVE TO SPEND IN SCHOOL?
As a result of COVID-19 and potential school scheduling adjustments, VP@C’s schedule will adjust accordingly. Updates to VP@C’s schedule will be provided to the learner and family upon any CISD schedule adjustments throughout the school year.
HOW MUCH TIME WILL I HAVE TO SPEND OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS? (Under a typical non COVID impacted school year)
This varies for every learner. On average, learners will agree to spend at least two hours, daily, working on coursework outside of the school day: this includes weekends and school holidays, as needed to stay on track in your courses. Learners will also be required to participate in school related activities (some of which will count for course credit) during & outside of class hours– physical activity program, workshops, preparation for assessments, nine weeks celebrations, service committee projects, graduation exit meeting, enrichment opportunities, etc.
HOW SOON CAN I GRADUATE?
How soon a learner graduates will depend upon how many credits the learner has upon entering the program and how hard he or she is willing to work. Required state assessments must be met.
WILL I RECEIVE A COPPELL HIGH SCHOOL / NEW TECH HIGH @ COPPELL DIPLOMA?
All learners who complete the required credits, complete the additional requirements for NTH@C graduation, and pass the state-required assessments will receive a high school diploma granted by TEA from Coppell High School or NTH@C. NTH@C learners who do/will not meet the additional NTH@C requirements of capstone, job shadowing, internship hours, and community service by graduation may transfer to CHS upon entrance to the TP program and approval from all campuses. Per NTH@C, learners who later choose to not complete the NTH@C graduation requirements will not be allowed to participate in graduation and other senior events. Learners must have a recommendation from Victory Place @ Coppell principal and approval from the CHS or the NTH@C principal to participate in graduation ceremonies.
WHAT ABOUT THE STAFF’S QUALIFICATIONS?
The staff at TP is made up of motivated, highly qualified, certified educators who are trained in the most effective teaching and learning techniques available. All staff have specialized training to meet diverse learner needs.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Applications are accepted throughout the school year. Enrollment is limited. A conference should first be scheduled with your CHS/NTH@C counselor to discuss your needs and goals. Your counselor will guide you should Turning Point be an appropriate option and provide you the link to the application. Once the completed application is received, it will be reviewed. Applications will be considered based on availability of seats in the program. If the learner is approved by the TP committee, a beginning date will be determined.
HOW DO I REMAIN IN GOOD STANDING AT TP?
Learners are expected to meet program expectations in attendance, behavior, academics, and life principles growth. Learners’ progress will continually be evaluated. If there is attendance, disciplinary, and/or academic problems, learners may be removed from TP at any time. You must show progress in order to remain a learner at TP. You are under the CISD Student Code of Conduct, in addition to TP expectations. If you are removed from TP during the semester, you will not be allowed to return to CHS or NTH@C until the end of the semester or the following school year. All Turning Point learners will be expected to abide by the Turning Point Commitment Form signed at the interview.
PROCEDURES FOR ABSENCES:
A parent must call the office at 214-496-8032 and leave a message before 8:00 AM the morning of your absence. You must include the name of the learner and the reason for being absent. Upon returning you must have the appropriate documentation. Absences will be closely monitored. Providing notes from a doctor specifying the reason you are out and the specific time frame is encouraged. All appointments (doctor, dentist, etc.) should be scheduled before or after your class time, if possible.
ATTENDING EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
All learners may attend any extracurricular events they choose outside of the home campus school day. Learners may not attend daily events/classes scheduled at the home campus during the regular class time, for example: lunch, classes, pep rallies, etc. (exceptions may include: graduation practice, senior awards/field trip upon TP approval). Learners who attend TP relinquish their opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities such as athletics, band, choir, etc. Learners are not allowed, under any circumstances, on the main campus during school hours without express written permission from Victory Place @ Coppell. This is considered trespassing and a violation of the SCOC.
Learners may park ONLY in designated Student Parking on the north side of the VP@C building. You may not park at surrounding businesses, schools or at Andy Brown Park. Vehicle Registration Forms with a photocopy of the learner’s valid driver’s license is required. Any vehicle on school property may be subject to a drug dog search.
- School shirts- purchased from Victory Place @ Coppell (2 polo style shirts, 1 sweatshirt, 1 tee shirt)
- Blue, Black, or Khaki jeans or slacks
- Lace-up athletic shoes (No slippers/sandals)
- Professional dress on Wednesdays: Job Interview Attire (Men: Slacks, button-down shirt, tie & dress shoes/Women: blouse, skirt/slacks, heels or dress flats)
ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT ENROLLMENT IN TURNING POINT IS A PRIVILEGE.
VICTORY PLACE @ COPPELL HAS THE AUTHORITY TO USE THEIR DISCRETION IN ENFORCING THE RULES & REGULATIONS SHOULD A SITUATION ARISE THAT IS NOT SPECIFIED BY THESE RULES, REGULATIONS & EXPECTATIONS. BECAUSE OF THE MANY CHANGES THAT OCCUR DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR REGARDING INTERPRETATIONS OF THE TEXAS EDUCATION CODE, THIS PLACEMENT PACKET IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT WRITTEN NOTICE TO STUDENTS AND PARENTS. HOWEVER, DUE PROCESS WILL BE OFFERED TO LEARNERS WITH REGARD TO ANY CHANGES. LEARNERS MUST COMPLY WITH THE NEW REFORMS.