PHBAO School Programs
The Articulation Program in each school provides a means of improving
communication among elementary, middle and high school levels. Meetings are arranged to familiarize elementary school students and parents with middle school programs and middle school students and parents with high school programs to ensure a smooth transition.
Counseling Support Program
The Counseling Support Program provides additional counseling services
to all PHBAO high schools and to PHBAO elementary and middle schools
selected from a ranked list of low-achieving schools. Counseling
positions are provided to the high schools, according to a norm
chart, to reduce the counselor:student ratio. One counselor is provided
for each of the selected 28 middle schools to assist with postsecondary
planning and to increase the factors, behaviors and conditions that
will help incoming students who are identified as "at risk"
to succeed in middle schools.
One elementary school counselor is assigned to each of the 43 designated
elementary schools to provide counseling and guidance services that
support the instructional program. A school psychologist is assigned
to each of the ten schools for two and one-half days per week.
This program provides for the payment of differentials
and incentive stipends to qualified employees who are appropriately
assigned to programs included in the Master Plan for English
Learners. The payments were instituted to enhance the quality
of services provided to identified limited-English-proficient (LEP)
English Language Learners (ELLs), to help LAUSD recruit and retain
qualified teachers for LEP students, and to serve as an incentive
for employees to upgrade qualifications and request or accept assignments
utilizing special qualifications in Master Plan programs. Employees
in PHBAO schools and designated CAP Receiver schools (which receive
sufficient LEP students from overcrowded PHBAO schools under the
Capacity Adjustment Program) are eligible for the integration-funded
portion of the differential payments.
Organizing and Recruiting (Med-COR) Program
The Med-COR Program provides opportunities for middle and high
school students to become acquainted with the various health careers
and educational prerequisites. Students are also provided academic
support in mathematics, English and science courses taken at PHBAO
schools and exposure to college level laboratories. The Med-COR
program is co-sponsored by the University of Southern California
(USC) Keck School of Medicine.
PHBAO schools are required to provide two conferences between parents
and teachers during the school year. The conferences allow parents
to monitor the academic and social development of students and to
involve parents in the educational processes. Individual parent
conferences are conducted on school sites and written records of
parent participation are kept by schools.
The first conference is scheduled during the first
or second reporting period and either before or after subsequent
to Back-to-School and Open House nights. The second conference is
scheduled during the third or fourth reporting period and before
the last four weeks of the school year.
Staffing Program (PSP)
The PSP develops, plans, and implements specific strategies to
follow the Court Order's request for teacher placement at hard-to-staff
schools. Such strategies include: conducting special recruitment
activities, using school vacancy data to prioritize and expedite
scheduling of interviews, providing an opportunities for principals
to meet potential teachers and immediate contracting and processing
of selected teachers.
Language Development Program (SRLDP)
SRLDP provides educational opportunities for prekindergarten students
to develop oral language and readiness skills that enhance self-esteem.
SRLDP also prepares students to be successful throughout school
experiences. The program includes students who are identified as
English language learners (ELLs) and Standard English language learners
(SELLs). All children must be four-years old by December 2nd of
the year of enrollment. Attendance in parent education classes and
participation as classroom volunteers are mandatory for parents/guardians
of students enrolled. SRLDP is administered by the Early Childhood