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Handbook Contents

  • Vision
  • Philosophy
  • Principals Letter

Educational Program

  • School Hours
  • Bell Schedule
  • Small School Size
  • Point System
  • Grades
  • Self-progress 
  • Good standing 
  • Homework
  • Opportunity Lab (Opp Lab)
  • FHS Rubric for Grades
  • Parent/Student Progress Evaluation Conferences 
  • Standards-based Weekly Progress Reports
  • Symposium Opportunities
  • Parent Volunteers
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Dual-Enrollment Credit
  • Distance Learning/Online classes
  • The Next Step Plan
  • Admissions Policy
  • Waiting List
  • Diplomas
  • Seniors Not Graduating
  • The Parent’s Role

Expectations & Rules

  • Activities and Athletics Eligibility
  • Student Parking & Driving
  • Interpersonal expectations
  • Harassment/Hazing/Bullying
  • Cell Phone Policy
  • Cheating/Plagiarism
  • Disruption of the Educational Process
  • Explosives
  • Fighting/Assault
  • Group or Gang-related Activity/Behavior
  • Theft/Fraud
  • Vandalism/Graffiti
  • Weapons Possession/Use
  • Substance Abuse Policy
  • Dress Code
  • Attendance Policy
  • Attendance Expectations
  • Class Attendance Requirement 
  • Tardy
  • Unexcused Absences
  • Excused Absences
  • Attendance-related Staffings
  • Early Check-out Policy
  • Late Arrival

Support Services

  • School Counseling Services
  • Scholarship Information
  • No Child Left Behind & Non-Disclosure Forms
  • Testing Information
  • Library Media Center Services
  • Nursing
  • Special Education

Parent/Student Handbook

Handbook Essentials

Attendance

Communication and consistency are critical toward an individual’s success not only in the academic environment but also throughout their life.  The Attendance Policy at Freedom High School is designed to encourage these traits through our advisement system which empowers the student and requires that they take responsibility and control of the process of obtaining a high school diploma.

Attendance Expectations: 

  • Students will attend the classes for which they are enrolled; in the event that this is not possible due to illness or extenuating circumstances, a parent or guardian must call the school at 884-6012. 
  • Freedom High students, as part of APS, are allowed no more than 5 unexcused absences per semester, and no more than 10 unexcused absences per school year.
  • All absence notes and documentation are to be turned in to the attendance clerk when the student returns to school. Students also report to their advisor and teachers when they return to get make-up work (if the absence is excused) and continue their education.
  • All students are expected to attend ACE/Advisement.  Although it is a short period ACE/Advisement is a credit course required for all students and it is only through attendance and meeting the standards for this course that a student can earn work or volunteer credit.
  • All students are expected to be on time to class and to ACE/Advisement.
  • Absence phone calls will be made at the 2nd and 3rd absence, a staffing with parents will be held after the 3rd unexcused absence.
  • State law requires a school to withdraw a student after ten (10) consecutive days of absence, or in the case of excessive truancy, for students who fail to return to school after the district/school has exhausted its efforts to keep the student in an educational setting.
  • Students must attend their six (6) week evaluation conference unless the advisor has been notified prior to the appointment for alternative arrangements.  If a student fails to show up to their appointment without other arrangements, the student will be dropped from their current schedule and not be able to attend classes until a meeting with their advisor has occurred.

Class Attendance Requirement:  To remain enrolled in a specific class a student must not have greater than three (3) unexcused absences in a morning class or two (2) unexcused absences in an afternoon class during a grading period.  When students are dropped from a class for accumulating too many unexcused absences in a class period, they are expected to report to their advisor during that particular class period until the next evaluation/parent conference.  Parents are to be notified by the advisor when a student has been dropped from a class.  If the student continues to miss this class time with their advisor a staffing will be scheduled to address the student’s attendance.  Continued poor attendance may result in being dropped from Freedom High and/or a referral to truancy court.  Students will receive a drop slip by their teacher stating the class, period, teacher and final points and grade received.  A copy will be given to their advisor for notification and grade reporting.

  • Excused absences are not counted against the attendance class limit; however, a missed class will generally impact the amount of time it takes a student to meet the standards for the course and earn credit. This will slow the student’s progress toward graduation.
  • Excessive unexcused absences in ACE/Advisement will result in the loss of the opportunity to earn the elective credit and credit for work or for volunteer experiences.

Tardy:  In the event a student is late to class by more than 10 minutes it will be marked as an absence.  If a student is up to 10 minutes late or leaves class early it will be marked as a tardy. Two tardies (of any length) in a specific class will be counted as an absence toward tabulating unexcused absences that result in a student being withdrawn from that specific class.  (see above)

Unexcused Absences:  An absence is considered unexcused when one or more of the following occurs:

  • The student’s parent does not call in the absence to the attendance line or otherwise communicate the attendance clerk the reason for the absence. If the student is 18 and living on their own, the student is required to communicate with the attendance clerk regarding their own absences.
  • The absence is not excused within 3 days of the absence.  (It is best to call on the morning of the absence.)
  • The student misrepresents or falsifies the reason for an absence.
  • Family vacations are considered unexcused absences, and it is expected that parents will schedule vacations during periods of time when school is not in session.

Excused Absences:  According to the APS student handbook absences may be excused for the following reasons, with appropriate documentation:

  • Medical, health or legal appointment
  • Death in the family
  • Religious commitment
  • Illness
  • Limited family emergency
  • Diagnostic testing
  • College visit
  • Suspensions
  • Limited extenuating circumstances as approved by school Principal

For an absence to be excused the student must ensure the following procedures have taken place:

  • If the student is living at home with a parent or guardian that individual must call the attendance line.  Communication concerning the absence must be accomplished at the earliest time possible such as early in the morning. 
  • A parent may send a signed excuse note with the student who will be required to take it to the attendance clerk within 3 days of the absence. 
  • Excessive excused absences may result in further inquiry from the principal or advisor and a request for further documentation.
  • Students who are signed out before the end of the instructional day must have written documentation of the reason (as defined under excused absences) or be subject to the same consequences as tardy.
  • It is key to student success that families and the Freedom High School staff maintain frequent and ongoing communication. All absences must be communicated to the attendance office.  If the student accrues a large number of excused absences the advisor, parents, and staff will meet to develop an attendance plan to identify student support and solutions as needed.

Cell Phone Policy

All students are expected to focus on their class assignments and the completion of course standards.  Students may not use their cell phones to text or talk during class time for any reason.  Those who do may have their cell phone confiscated, may be sent to their advisor for the remainder of the class period. During that period, they will lose the opportunity to earn credit toward any classes.

Parents who need to contact their students on an emergency basis must do so through the main office either in person or at 884-6012.


Dress Code

The expectation is that students will dress for success.  The four B’s will be enforced:  No bellies, no butts, no boxers, and no breasts.  No clothing or accessories that depict alcohol, drugs, tobacco, profanity, sexual comments, or gang affiliation will be allowed.  This also includes belts, buckles, sunglasses, rags, doo-rags, 505, In-Memory items, etc. 

Students who violate the dress code will be asked to change, have the item confiscated and returned only to a parent, or will be sent home for the day.  Repeated offenses indicate Defiance of Authority and will be addressed accordingly.


Student Parking & Driving

All students will park their vehicles in the parking lot located on the east side of the building. Freedom High School emphasizes traffic safety and expects all drivers and passengers to use seat belts, follow posted speed limits, obey posted signs, and drive carefully.  Students may not access their vehicles during passing periods, nor while classes are in session. Violations of guidelines will result in suspension of driving privileges. Parking regulations are strictly enforced. It is a privilege, not a right, to drive and park on school grounds.


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