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 those students who experience truancy, misconduct, social and emotional difficulties, family dysfunction or other challenges that affect their ability to stay in school and perform in school.
Safety initiatives like these 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 the traditional learning environment but the SCPS system remains committed to their education. Working with community partners, SCPS provides alternatives to the traditional high school experience to offer students a second chance at the education they need.
Families in Need Fund
Florida has the highest rate of family homelessness in the nation (2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development). A United Way study, ALICE, reveals a gloomier outlook — 30% of Florida households are walking a financial tightrope. They are working hard, but falling short of consistently covering monthly bills or saving for the future. They are vulnerable to a single emergency that can push them into crisis and homelessness.
Families in Transition
It is often said that “children are resilient”, yet we know their strength and stamina come from a foundation of stability. That is why homelessness is such a profound crisis for the children of our community. Constant transition, hunger and stress have a devastating effect on educational and social development. Without serious intervention, it is estimated that 21% of homeless students will become homeless adults.
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 speaking 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 hear during this time period.
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, who have below grade-level proficiency in reading, math and science, who are in need of credit recovery to graduate and 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.
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.
Take Stock in Children
We are all familiar with our community’s bright, accomplished children. Reared in ideal circumstances, their academic and extracurricular resumes open doors to a multitude of advanced education and career choices. But what about their low-income peers who are as intelligent, creative and exceptional but lack the resources and support to achieve their dreams?
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.
Young Men of Excellence
Among the ten 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 those statistics.