The SLA Board and Rite of Passage are focused on changing the achievement levels and behavior of the Phoenix alternative school population. Our primary goal is to improve student attendance, engagement and achievement. Strategies for meeting targeted needs include, but are not limited to:
Dropout Rates: Credit Recovery, Response to Intervention (RtI), relationship-based culture, rigorous curriculum, summer mentoring, Orientation program.
Achievement Gaps: Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) and English Language Development (ELD) instructional program, culturally relevant pedagogy, bilingual staff, research-based instructional practices, Assessment programs.
Truancy: SLA staff will call homes every day, provide behavioral support with feedback, engage parents, provide bus passes and breakfast program.
High-risk Behavior: Behavior mentors, Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies (PBIS), Staff training and Professional development, Personal Education Plans (PEP), collaboration with Parole/Probation/Social Worker.
Southwest Leadership Academy provides quality education services, giving students the opportunities, academics, vocational and social skills to succeed. Students are challenged to strive for excellence; to change anti-social and personally unproductive behaviors; and become respectful of themselves and others. Customized programs to meet these needs include:
• special education services
• customized educational environments
• socio-emotional growth programming
Southwest Leadership Academy is Arizona’s first school to receive recognition as a Woz Pathways School, which features high tech vocational programs supported by Apple Co-Founder, Steve Wozniak.
Southwest Leadership started using programs designed by Woz Education personnel three years ago beginning with drone management and piloting. In addition, SLA offers coding, cybersecurity, 3-D printing (engineering design) and mobile applications development are all offered at SLA. Woz Education provides all the teacher training, supplies, equipment, and curriculum for each program and is as part of Steve Wozniak’s commitment to creating STEM education opportunities in schools around the country.
After school activities are an essential part of SLA’s structure. They engage students in pro-social activities such as interscholastic athletics and vocations that prepare them for jobs. Extracurricular activities and Exploratory Hour help youth recognize their skills and competencies and foster connections with family and the community. Community service learning opportunities allow students to give back while learning about opportunities for career pathways in their communities.