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George Gervin Academy

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Overview

The George Gervin Academy (GGA), a charter school operating since 1995, serves grades Pre-K to 4th and 9 to 12th grades.  The school will be adding grades 5th and 6th during school year 2009-2010 and grades 7th and 8th in 2010-2011.  The adopted curriculum for the district is the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

Vision

George Gervin Academy provides innovative pathways that motivate today’s students to become tomorrow leaders.

Mission

To provide innovatively designed comprehensive services that are holistic in nature as well as culturally sensitive, to impact the lives of troubled youth and their families, particularly those youth facing special concerns.  Primary focus of the programs is to assess and meet the needs of the whole person, specifically recognizing the needs of at-risk youth in resolving critical issues surrounding family relationships, school achievement, social attitude, employment, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, drug trafficking, teen suicide, school/neighborhood and gang violence, self esteem and homelessness.

Support Programs

The Academy provides a host of programs that include, comprehensive academic assessments, credit recovery and/or acceleration, tutoring, mentoring, life-skills training, counseling, teen issue related workshops and workforce development opportunities, cosmetology and construction training, on-site child-care, nutrition program and transportation.

Graduates

GGA’s effective graduation rate is 83.3%.  Each year the graduating class of GGA is comprised anywhere from seventy to one hundred students that have successfully met all the State of Texas’ recommended standards for graduation.  Many of GGA graduates have gone on to join the military, enroll in college, and/or enter the workforce.

Expansion

Along with adding four additional grades next school year, in 2008 GGA facilities are expanding to include three-college size gymnasiums with a weight room, women and men’s locker rooms, a snack café, nine multi-purpose rooms, a walking track, office space, storage and an upstairs viewing area over the gyms.  Acquisition of three surrounding buildings will serve as an auto mechanic and small engine repair shop, creative learning center and expansion of the on-site child-care.

Eligibility

Eligible students are those that are pre-kinder - 4th grade and 9th -12th and court ordered or those who have less than seven academic credits.

Program Activity

Students are acclimated to the GED Online Learning Modules located at the PBS web site. Each online module is an in-depth, interactive lesson, which is designed to help and develop the skills needed to pass the GED test. Each module contains several units with a set of learning activities. Students also work on corresponding unit activities, which are located in the GED Connections workbooks.