Graduation rates across Lubbock are increasing. At Lubbock ISD, school administrators credit this, in part, to a program aimed at personalizing a student's high school career.
The program is called the Alpha Program. Depending on a student's last name, they are assigned to a special team that consists of an assistant principal, a counselor and an attendance clerk. LISD's Chief Academic Officer, Kelly Trlica, says the program assigns the team to a student throughout their entire high school career.
"We want education to be personalized for kids and the way to do that is to ensure that there is an adult that knows about your child," Trlica said. "So, each one of those administrators and counselors has a set of kids that they stay with through 9th to 12th grade."
Monterey Assistant Principal Melissa Shavers is assigned to students whose last names fall into the S to Z category.
"Those are our students and those are the ones that we work with all through their High School years," Shaver said.
Shavers says having Alpha groups instead of an entire grade of students, allows for a more efficient and effective relationship with a student.
"When they start struggling, having problems in school and even at home, we are able to make better decisions about what to do with those kids to help them best and make the best decisions for them," Shavers said.
Shavers says she and other Alpha team administrators develop personalized relationships with their students. Trlica says the district's goal is consistency and accountability.
"What we're working toward is creating personal relationships for kids, so they feel important in our schools," Trlica said.
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