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Grades and Parent Communication

At La Europa, the Academic Team communicates about student needs through regular Parent Teacher Conferences and email communications. Each student is assigned an advisor who acts as a liaison between parents and students who will provide regular check-ins with parents throughout each grading period. They are also available if a specific academic concern arises. If a student is not turning in assignments, she may be placed on Academic Probation so she is prompted to become an active participant in managing her academic status. Academic Probation is NOT a punishment but more of a support so our students don't drop too far behind in their classes. Doing so may trigger feelings of inadequacy, and for some, shame and feelings of their school experience before La Europa. We want them to feel supported and challenged here so we do everything we can to help build a environment where our students can feel confident and successful. This way, students will always know before the end of the term if their grade is dropping in one of their classes so they have the opportunity to catch up and complete the work. 

Although La Europa may modify the curriculum to accommodate a student's learning style, our grades are an accurate reflection of their 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 or step after La Europa. 

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 School

Parents make the important decision to place their daughter in residential treatment primarily because of therapeutic challenges she is facing. However, many are also experiencing either academic challenges or academic consequences as a result of their emotional struggles. 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. Our students attend classes with highly qualified, full-time, licensed teachers. La Europa school is accredited through the AdvancED accrediting agency. All credits are fully transferable to home school districts, but students who wish to receive a La Europa diploma may do so by filling the Utah State Office of Education graduation requirements

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 them to 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 class sizes vary but will usualy range in size from 3 to 12 students and are taught by certified, licensed teachers who have experience teaching students in alternative or private education settings. La Europa has full-time teachers for Science, Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Art. 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:

  • Block scheduling, or 80-minutes classes because this has been proven effective in helping students absorb material more thoroughly than shorter class times. 
  • Built in study hall and advisory periods during the school day, where teachers are available. This way, students have the chance to keep up with their school work and then have the opportunity to focus on their therapeutic and residential living in the evenings.
  • One student-choice elective course per term or the student may use the elective period to recoup credits, with the Academic Director's approval.