The alternative education programs at Givhans are designed to provide academically at-risk students and behaviorally challenged students, middle school through high school, the opportunity to continue their education with a minimal loss of instructional time.
The alternative education programs are designed to:
- Serve as a positive alternative to expulsion for middle and high school students in grades 6 – 12;
- Assist middle school students who are one or more years behind academically to get back on track with their peer group;
- Give students the necessary support and basic education to help them be successful once they return to their home school;
- Reduce the number of students who choose to disengage from school;
- Increase the number of students graduating with a high school diploma.
The program at Givhans serves two groups of students: (1) 6th – 12th graders who are one or more grade levels behind and (2) students who have been assigned in lieu of expulsion. Givhans also serves as a referral point for students ranging from 17 to 19 years of age who desire to begin a GED preparation program. The GED program serves students who have not earned a significant number of credits towards a regular South Carolina High School diploma.
The curriculum offered at Givhans addresses the core subject areas such as mathematics, reading, language arts, science, and social studies. Only mandated core subjects and a limited number of elective courses are offered. The scheduling of these two groups of students limits the program’s ability to offer a wide variety of electives.
Givhans is a personalized learning school. The flexible learning environment allows students to take ownership of both their behavior and learning. It prepares students to meet the challenges of the 21st century and to fit the profile of the South Carolina graduate. The program is competency based.
Mission: Givhans Alternative Program cultivates positive relationships and provides rigorous instruction in a student-centered learning community designed to prepare learners for success.
Vision: Awakening the scholar in every student.