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Grades and Parent Communication

At La Europa, grades are given after each term and are posted on our Best Notes Academic Portal. If a student is not turning in assignments, she is put on Academic Probation so that she is prompted to become an active participant in managing her academic status. Students are also notified before the end of term if they are failing a class or their grade is dropping so they have an opportunity to catch up or make-up work.

Although La Europa may modify the curriculum to accommodate a student's learning style, our grades are an accurate reflection of students' abilities and are similar to what they would receive in any high school. This allows parents and referral sources to accurately gauge the student's academic competence in order to determine the next placement.

La Europa uses Best Notes as our primary vehicle for communication with parents. Parents are given an individual password to track student progress and read teacher comments. Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled during our regular parent visits. Parents also have teacher email addresses and phone numbers to address on-going academic concerns.

Our Philosophy

Parents make the important decision to place their daughter in residential treatment primarily because of therapeutic challenges the student is facing. However, many of the girls also are experiencing either academic challenges or academic consequences from the emotional challenges. Many residential programs minimize the academic component and use online coursework or learning packets with an instructor teaching multiple subjects or levels at the same time.

At La Europa, our belief is that a strong and challenging academic program is an important component of helping our students heal, develop resiliency and competency and establish future direction. The academic component compliments the therapeutic program by:

  • allowing students to practice skills in a traditional academic classroom setting,
  • helping students develop or strengthen their academic abilities,
  • allowing students to recoup lost credits, and/or
  • helping students move forward with their academic credits and goals.

Our academic program is a strong college preparatory curriculum but is also easily modified to accommodate the learning strengths and styles of every student. Students at La Europa feel challenged by the academic curriculum.

Our School Facility, Teachers and Class Size

At La Europa, classes are held in our academic facility which is a free-standing building on our campus. Our classes range in size from 2 to 10 students and are taught by certified teachers who have experience teaching students in alternative or private education settings. La Europa has full-time teachers for science, math, English and the language arts and social studies.  We have part-time teachers for Physical Education and the many electives we offer.   To see the course outlines, visit the department pages for English, Math, Science, and Social Studies.

The daily schedule at La Europa is similar to most high schools because we want our students to have a normal school experience where they can practice academic and social skills and self-advocacy with teachers. Our schedule includes:

  • We use block scheduling, or 80-minutes classes, because this has been proven effective in helping students absorb material more thoroughly than shorter class times. 
  • We have built in study hall times so that students have an opportunity to keep up with their work while they are also immersed in an intense therapeutic schedule of individual, group and family therapy and other therapeutic activities.
  • Each student chooses one elective course per term or uses the elective period to recoup credits.