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At Seminole County Public Schools, student safety is as important as a well-rounded education. SCPS offers a range of safety initiatives including bullying prevention; support for the homeless and hungry; and drug and alcohol awareness. Special emphasis is placed on providing alternative programs and interventions for students who experience truancy, misconduct, social and emotional difficulties, family dysfunction or other challenges that affect their ability to stay in school and successfully complete their courses.

These safety initiatives are designed to provide the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for students to graduate from high school as productive, independent citizens.

Alternative Education Programs

Alternative Education Programs

Mistakes and poor choices remove some students from traditional classrooms, but SCPS remains committed to their education. Working with community partners, SCPS offer students a second chance by providing alternatives to the traditional high school experience.

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Families in Need Fund

Families in Need Fund

Financially fragile students face many barriers that prevent them from being successful in school. Housing instability often leads to school transfers, excessive absences, inability to complete homework, learning loss and even drop outs. The objective of the Families in Need (FIN) Fund is for students and families to reach stability as quickly as possible so they are able to return to their most important and empowering job – learning.
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Great Start…Pathways to Success

Great Start…Pathways to Success

Research suggests 90% of the core brain structure is formed within the first 5 years of life. A child’s verbal and listening skills lead the way for their reading and writing skills, so exposure to words is critical during these formative years. Depending on whether the child is from an affluent family or one suffering from poverty will have a critical impact on the number of words that children hears during this time period.

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Midway Safe Harbor 21st Century Community Center

Midway Safe Harbor 21st Century Community Center

Midway Safe Harbor’s after-school curriculum addresses the disadvantages of the local youth: an above average number of students who live in or near poverty level; students with below grade-level proficiency in reading, math and science; students needing credit recovery to graduate; and those who are at-risk of dropping out of school. With this in mind, the staff and the activities concentrate on promoting youth development and academic advancement along with improved social skills, citizenship, behavioral modification and self-esteem.

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Safe and Drug Free Schools

Safe and Drug Free Schools

The demands of today’s classroom environment require a student’s full concentration. A child who is high on marijuana, jittery from abuse of prescription medication, or scared and anxious from being bullied by classmates does not have the frame of mind to fully participate in class.

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Take Stock in Children

Take Stock in Children

Take Stock in Children offers deserving, low-income students a chance to escape the cycle of poverty through education. Students are selected in 8th grade, and the comprehensive services continue throughout high school and as they transition to college with a 2-year Florida Prepaid Scholarship.

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Velma Hayes Williams Community Center

Velma Hayes Williams Community Center

The Velma Hayes Williams Community Center, also known as “The Last Best Chance” is located in the Goldsboro community of Sanford. Established in summer 2008, this award-winning program enriches the lives of our high-need students and families. Certified teachers, guidance counselors and support staff meet the students’ needs and keep them on track for graduation with their cohorts.

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Young Men of Excellence

Young Men of Excellence

Among the 10 states with the largest enrollment of black male students, Florida has one of the lowest graduation rates, according to the Black Boys Report which analyzes state data and the National Center of Education Statistics. By mentoring, coaching and facilitating academic performance through proven methods of support and intervention, the Young Men of Excellence Initiative and Curriculum is helping African-American male students in Seminole County Public Schools overcome these statistics.

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