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Welcome to Mountain Youth School!
We are glad you are here. On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of Mountain Youth School, we would like to welcome you and let you know what you can expect as a new student. We also want to get to know you and find out how we can best help you meet your personal and educational goals. 

Please click on the files below for more information about our school, or browse our website to learn more about our staff and the classes and extracurricular activities we offer. Let us know if  you have any questions!

As a new student at Mountain Youth School, what can you expect?

 During a back-to-school orientation in August 2013, Mountain Youth School students were asked to describe some of their preconceived notions and expectations of the school, its students, faculty, and education/behavior standards. Returning students were then asked what the realities of attending Mountain Youth School really were in their experience. Because the community perception and preconceived notions of the school as having a reputation for being a disciplinary school for “bad kids” differed so much from how the students perceived the experience of a caring, calm, and fun learning environment, the students took it upon themselves to brainstorm ways they could help change the school’s image this year. Please read on for their actual thoughts and ideas. We invite you as a new student to share your own ideas, and to join with us in achieving these goals.

Attending Mountain Youth School

Pre-Conceived Ideas

Realities

·  Did something “wrong” to come here

·  The “jail” school

·  Other schools threaten to send students here as a punishment

·  Bad thing to be sent here

·  School is strict, students are always watched, considered not trustworthy

·  Teachers are mean

·  Stereotypes of male and female students include bad attitudes, pregnant/parenting teens, violence; students characterized as the “bad kids”: troublemakers, lazy, and unwilling/unable to learn

·  Fights and drugs rampant

·  The place for “stupid kids,” or students with mental or developmental disabilities and learning disorders

·  Calm learning environment

·  One-on-one attention by teachers

·  More like a privilege, not a punishment

·  No homework, lots of help from teachers with classwork

·  Fun events: cookouts, baseball/basketball/ football, Pacesetters, greenhouse, folk school, field trips, etc.

·  Challenging classes are not boring or “dumbed down”

·  No drug busts/drug use at school

How Can We Change Our Perception?

·  Make copies of our good points or make a brochure

·  Student promotion of the school

·  Sorry to leave/happy to be here

·  Being ambassadors at other schools and in the community

·  Change the way people define “alternative”

·  Make it a privilege to come here, not a punishment. Take applications and recruit.

·  The only way you can fail is not to try! Take a risk!

 Theme of the Year: Teamwork

Teamwork means working in a group; listening, paying attention, taking and giving advice; everyone does the work; cooperating and considering other people’s feelings; synchronization; and everyone working together toward a common goal. Go Mustangs!

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CINDI HERR,
Sep 10, 2013, 7:43 AM
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