Program Rules and Expectations

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    The Phoenix Center for Innovative Learning, originally known as the Alternative Program Center, houses programs that are part of Stafford County Public Schools.  The four academic programs that are located at The Phoenix Center are each unique in their criteria for enrollment and the population that they serve.  The Phoenix Center classes are primarily teacher taught, with online classes being used when appropriate. 

    Schedules and Absences:

    Every student enrolled at The Phoenix Center has an individual schedule and needs to attend at the times specified in that agreement.
    Students/Parent or Guardian should email the program counselor or call at 540-286-8985 to notify staff of an absence. Students who wish to make a change to an individual schedule should meet with the Program’s counselor and develop a schedule change.
    Course credit for diploma students is based on a minimum required amount of successful instruction time supervised by Program teachers. “I did it at home” does not count toward successful instructional hours.  

    Hours/Arriving and Leaving:                                         
    There are four Programs based at The Phoenix Center facility :

    Middle School Regional Program - is open for student instruction Monday - Friday from 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
    Regional Program
    - is open for student instruction Monday - Friday from 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM.  
    Transportation is provided for the Regional Programs.

    Turning Point Program - is open for student instruction from 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM and 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM  Monday through Thursday. Friday's from 8:30 - 11:00 AM. 
    GED instruction is open from 9am - 12pm on Tuesdays through Thursdays.
    Evening Program - is open for students two evenings a week at two locations:  The Phoenix Center for Innovative Learning and North Stafford High School.
    Transportation for these two programs is the responsibility of each student or the student’s family. Students must sign in electronically at the counselor’s office and again at the classroom door. Other than for a verified doctor’s visit, you may not leave the campus and then return later.
    Attendance and Breaks:

    Students should attend regularly and on time as indicated by their schedules. Students may not return to cars unless they are leaving the facility or being escorted by a staff member. The instructional and break schedule is posted throughout the building.
    Base Schools:

    School Board policies prohibit The Phoenix Center for Innovative Learning students from returning to their base high schools at the end of the school day without prior permission. Students are not to visit their base schools during the school day unless they have previously scheduled appointments to do so, or unless they are taking SOL tests as previously arranged with building staff.   Please see your program counselor to set up the appointment in advance.

    The Stafford County Public Schools’ Code of Conduct applies to all students enrolled at The Phoenix Center for Innovative Learning.  Students are expected to adhear to the program rules to include:  good behavior, make appropriate academic progress and maintain regular school attendance. Failure to adhere to these conditions shall result in further disciplinary procedures, which could result in your student no longer being permitted to participate in the Programs.