WHO WE ARE!
I have a story that happened to me recently, and wanted to share it with you all because I think you might benefit from it:
So Monday, I went to get my haircut. Same place, and with a stylist who has fixed me up before. She notices my tie and asks if I had just gotten off of work. I said yes, and she asked me where I work at. I braced myself to explain about charter schools and the antique store with the bowling pin like I usually have to. "I teach at South Plains Academy." Not only did she know the place, but she is a graduate of SPA from many years back. She pauses. "Yeah, that place saved my life." At this point, she shares a story of how she was troubled as a teenager and actually was found by an administrator in the bathroom with blood everywhere. She had tried to commit suicide on campus. They helped her, got her credits straight, and got her on a path to graduate. She now holds a steady job and has beautiful children. It hit me like a ton of bricks. THIS IS WHAT WE DO. We are there for our kids and help them academically, help them graduate, but most importantly, we help them become stable adults who can mature into good people when no other place will afford them that chance.
I know things are tough. Expectations are high, schedules need to be met, the honeymoon with the kids is over and they are showing their true selves, and the Fair has been in town. This is the long haul with no natural breaks or days off. Keep going. Keep caring. Keep pouring yourself into the students. We only see the seeds, and sometimes never the fruit. But we are changing the world by changing lives. They need us. And we need them. Our future depends on it. Even last night, at the Tech game (Guns UP!), I ran into no less than 7 students working. They have jobs, they have goals, and they have a chance. Let's keep fostering that until chance becomes hope and hope becomes reality.
I am proud to be a part of SPA as your humble and dedicated co-worker. I love this staff, you are all amazing!
South Plains Academy Charter HS Teacher
Career and Technical Education Methods of Administration (MOA)
Public Notification of Nondiscrimination in Career and Technical Education Programs
The Student Alternatives Program, Inc. is a private, non-profit, community-based, tax-exempt organization under section 50l(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The main office of the corporation is located in San Antonio, Texas. Since 1998, SAPI has been the charter holder of four open-enrollment charter districts which include the Gateway Academy, Mid-Valley Academy, Paso Del Norte Academy and the South Plains Academy charter districts.
Student Alternatives Program, Inc. offers career and technical education programs in Business Management and Administration, Education and Training, Human Services, Information Technology, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Admission to these programs is based on open enrollment.
It is the policy of Student Alternatives Program, Inc. (SAPI), and its affiliated charter schools, not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, nation origin, sex, handicap, or age in its vocational programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
It is the policy of SAPI, and its affiliated charter schools, not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or age in its employment practices as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
SAPI will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and vocational programs.
For information about your rights or grievance procedures, contact the Title IX Coordinator, Scott Carothers, Instructional Officer, at P.O. Box 15644, San Antonio, TX 78212-8844, 210-227-0295, or the Section 504 Coordinator, Norma Jean Hernandez, Ed. D, Special Education Programs Coordinator, at P.O. Box 15644, San Antonio, TX 78212-8844, 210-227-0295.
Career and Technical Education Methods of Administration (MOA)
Notificación Publica de No Discriminación en Programas de Educación Técnica y Vocacional
The Student Alternatives Program, Inc. es una organización sin ánimo de lucro, organización privada, basada en la comunidad, exenta de impuestos bajo la sección 50l ( c ) ( 3 ) del Código de Impuestos Internos. La oficina principal de la corporación se encuentra en San Antonio, Texas. Desde 1998, SAPI ha sido el titular de la Carta de los cuatro distritos charter de inscripción abierta que incluyen Gateway Academy, Mid-Valley Academy, Paso del Norte Academy y el South Plains Academy distritos de Alquiler.
Student Alternatives Program, Inc. ofrece programas de educación técnica y vocacional en Gestión y Administración de Empresas, Educación y capacitación, Servicios Humanos , Tecnología de la Información , y Ciencias , Tecnología , Ingeniería y Matemáticas ( STEM ) La admission a estos programas se basa en inscripción abierta.
Es norma de Student Alternatives Program, Inc. (SAPI), y sus escuelas comunitarias afiliadas, no discriminar en sus programas, servicios o actividades vocacionales por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo o impedimento, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educacíon de 1972, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda.
Es norma de SAPI, y sus escuelas comunitarias afiliadas, no discriminar en sus procedimientos de empleo por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, impedimento o edad, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, la ley de Discriminación por Edad, de 1975, según enmienda; y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda.
SAPI tomará las medidas necesarias para asegurar que la falta de habilidad en el uso del inglés no sea un obstáculo para la admission y participación en todos los programas educativos y vocacionales.
Para información sobre sus derechos o procedimientos de quejas, comuníquese con el Coordinador del Título IX, M. Scott Carothers, Instructional Officer, en P.O. Box 15644, San Antonio, TX 78212-8844, 210-227-0295, o el Coordinador de la Sección 504, Norma Jean Hernandez, Ed. D, Special Education Programs Coordinator, en P.O. Box 15644, San Antonio, TX 78212-8844, 210-227-0295.