LAKESIDE ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM
A cooperative program of the Clear Lake, Garner-Hayfield, and Ventura Community School Districts.
Below is the handbook for Lakeside Alternative, as well as a list of courses currently offered. If you are interested in enrolling in the program, please contact your resident school principal. For more information, call the Lakeside Coordinator, Ms. Dykstra, at 641-357-0826, or e-mail at email@example.com.
Purpose: To enable juniors and seniors who are unsuccessful in the regular school setting to obtain a high school diploma or successfully transition back to their resident schools.
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday: 8:30 - 2:30
Calendar: The Garner-Hayfield/Ventura school calendar will be used, except that we will NOT dismiss early on Wednesdays for in service. On other 1 PM dismissals; i.e. vacations or holidays; the schedule will be adjusted for a 1 pm dismissal.
Academic Standards: Students must meet their resident school’s graduation requirements, and will receive a resident school diploma upon successful completion of them. Class placement and accessibility to after-school activities such as prom and dances are at the discretion of the resident district principal.
Textbooks and curriculum: When available, Ventura’s standards and benchmarks will be used. If not available, resident district will furnish theirs.
Students will be expected to do their schoolwork independently. The goal of all work assigned will be to show mastery of essential learning. The coordinator will be available for assistance and limited direct instruction. Weekly progress reports will be sent to resident principals.
Grading: A- 90; B- 80; C- 70. No work below 70% will be accepted for credit. Pass/fail grading is at the sole discretion of the resident principal, and may or may not be known to the coordinator.
Placement and Removal: Students are placed in Lakeside Alternative Program by their resident district high school’s principal. The principal will notify the Lakeside coordinator of requirements to be met for each student placed. Resident principals will determine what session(s) the student must attend (morning/afternoon) and may arrange mixed (regular high school and alternative program) schedules at the principal’s discretion. Removal of a student from Lakeside Alternative will only be done when, after sufficient collaboration among the coordinator, student, and principal; it is determined that the student will not be successful in the program.
Attendance and Discipline: Students are expected to notify the coordinator of any absences. The coordinator will determine whether an absence is excused. Excessive excused absences, or any unexcused absences may result in removal from the program. One of our goals is to help students develop responsible work habits, among which is regular attendance.
All students are to show respect for themselves and others, as well as for the equipment and building. Students are to accept responsibility for their own behaviors. If a student finds himself or herself unable to fulfill these requirements, the coordinator, student, and resident principal will work out a plan for future success.
Attire: students must dress in accordance with Ventura school’s dress code.
Cell phones: to respect others’ workspace, all cell phones will be placed on the coordinator's desk. If a student desires to use his/her phone, please ask the coordinator for permission.
No smoking on school property by state law.
Personal belongings: Space is available in the classroom for storing supplies.
Extra-curricular Activities: Students wishing to participate in activities must meet their resident district’s academic guidelines.
Good Conduct Policy: The resident district’s good conduct policy will be applicable to its own students.
Transportation: Each school will set its own policy. When a school vehicle is available, i.e. Ventura shuttle bus, the resident principal may allow a student to use it. Please see your resident principal for information. See coordinator for parking information.
Lunch: Students may bring a sack lunch (refrigeration and microwave will be provided). They will also be provided access to regular cafeteria meals. If a student is eligible for free or reduced meals at the resident school, he or she will also be eligible at Lakeside. See coordinator for details.
Lakeside Alternative Program Courses Available
English (27 credits)
English 9 2 semesters
English 10 1st semester 1 semester (for CL, V, G)
English 10 2nd semester 1 semester (for Clear Lake)
English 10 Speech & Writing 1 semester (for Ventura/Garner)
English 11 (American Lit) 2 semesters
English 12 (British Lit) 2 semesters
Modern English Literature 1 semester
Writing 4 semesters
Writing for Business
Writing Scholarly Essays
Speech 2 semesters (req. for Clear Lake)
American Short Story 1 semester
John Steinbeck’s Novels 1 semester
Shakespeare’s Plays 1 semester
World Literature 7 semesters
Ancient Mid-Eastern Literature
Ancient Asian Literature
Greco-Roman Era Literature
Literature in the Middle Ages & Renaissance
Modern World Literature
Contemporary World Literature
Grammar Review for H.S. 1 semester
Math (14 credits)
Pre-Algebra 3 semesters
Algebra I 2 semesters
Algebra II and Geometry 2 semesters
Alg II Special topics 1 semester
General Math 1 2 semesters
Consumer Math II 2 semesters
Financial Planning for Life 2 semesters (NEFE)
Science (11 credits)
Physical Science 2 semesters
Phys Science Special Topics 2 semesters
Environmental Science 2 semesters
Biology (Required) 2 semesters
Human Biology 1 semester
Ecology & Evolution 1 semester
Plants & Simple Organisms 1 semester
Social Studies (36 credits)
World History 7 semesters
Beg. Of Civilizations (Required)
Middle Ages (Required)
Asia & the Pacific
Africa & the Mid East
American History 8 semesters
US History till 1865
US History 1865 – 1900
US History 1900 – 1941 (Required)
US History 1941 – 1960 (Required)
US History 1960 – 2000
Current US History 2000—present
Focus on American Labor
Focus on the Civil Rights Movement
Government 4 semesters
Elections and Congress
Federal Bureaucracy and the Courts
State and Local Government
Economics 2 semesters
International & Macro-economics
Psychology 4 semesters
Neuroscience & Psychology
Psychology and the Brain
Psychology & Emotional Well-being
Sociology 3 semesters
Social Structures and Sociology
Social Institutions and Sociology
Religions 3 semesters
Major World Religions
Minor World Religions
Women’s Role in World Religions
Geography 4 semesters
Overview and American Geography
Geography of Africa and Central Asia
Geography of Southern and Eastern Asia
Geography of Europe, Russia and Oceania
Current Events 1 semester
Other (16 + PE credits)
Computer Applications 2 semesters
Introduction to Business 1 semester
Business Law 3 semesters
Child Development I & II 2 semesters
Health I & II ½ credit each
PE (independent) multiple
Personal Business & Finance 1 semester
Values Clarification 1 credit
Community Service 1 credit
Food Safety & Food Service Industry 1 credit
Culinary Applications 1 credit
The Professional Kitchen 1 credit
Propaganda and Bias 1 credit