Annual Education Report

  • 4/1/2016


    Dear Parents and Community Members:


    We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER), which provides key information on the 2014-15 educational progress for Hazel Park Advantage Alternative School. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and state laws. The school’s report contains information about student assessment, accountability, and teacher quality. If you have any questions about the AER, please contact Michelle Bissell for assistance.


    The AER is available for you to review electronically here, or you may review a copy in the main office at your child’s school.


    The key initiatives being undertaken at Hazel Park Advantage Alternative Education Program to accelerate student achievement and close persistent gaps in achievement are as follows:


    •  Decrease number of unexcused student absences


    •  Maintain smaller groups to one teacher


    •  Frequently monitor student progress in scheduled courses


    •  Set individual student academic and behavioral goals


    •  Assist students with basic personal needs, such as transportation, shelter, family, etc.


    •  Refer students to community agencies for social-emotional health


    The key Challenges of Hazel Park Advantage Alternative Education Program for data purposes are: the lack of comparable data year to year due to the enrollment numbers at each grade level being less than 10, therefore excluding our data numbers in district and national comparisons.


    State law requires that we also report the following additional information:


    Process for Assigning Pupils to Hazel Park Advantage Alternative Program is open for enrollment to students 7-15 years old who reside in Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb counties. Hazel Park Schools screens students to determine if Hazel Park Advantage will meet the needs of the individual student.


    The Status of the 3 – 5 Year School Improvement Plan at Hazel Park Advantage Alternative Education Program is in its first year of implementation.  The current 3-5 year Improvement plan is data driven by item analysis of the spring 2014-2015 needs assessment.  A transition from Targeted Assistance Title I to School-wide Title I was complete and the initial year of school-wide Title I for Hazel Park Advantage Alternative Education Program is the 2015-2016 school year.


    Our School Improvement Committee is comprised of teachers and the program supervisor. Building-level decisions are made regarding curriculum and staff development.  Evaluation decisions are made at the district level.  The School Improvement Plan is reviewed annually and submitted to the State.




    Improve student achievement in ELA


    Improve student Achievement in Mathematics


    Improve student achievement in Social Studies


    Improve student achievement in Science


    Increase student attendance


    Change student behavior




    Hazel Park Advantage Alternative Education Program supports the district plan in developing a district curriculum aligned to the common core. The current core curriculum is explained at curriculum night and distributed to families during the event. Curriculum information can be obtained through the main office at Hazel Park Advantage. Our academic plan is aligned to the Michigan Department of Education’s Curriculum Framework.


    Local Assessments


    At Hazel Park Advantage Alternative Education Program, students are assessed using NWEA grade level MAP testing, WRAT (2 times annually to show progress), Fountas and Pinnell progress monitoring, through the quizzes, tests, and final exams they take for each course credit.


    Parent Participation


    Hazel Park Advantage Alternative Education Program continues to provide parental involvement opportunities. These opportunities include open house, parent teacher conferences, holiday events, Literature evenings, monthly reading opportunities, and stakeholder meetings. Parents can volunteer to support school activities. Parent participation at these events is about 15%.




    Students receive one-on-one assistance in areas of Social Skills development, anger management, Mathematics, ELA, Science, and Social Studies.


    We are a technology one-to-one environment.


    The Hazel Park Advantage Alternative Education staff wishes to thank all community stakeholders for their partnership and support provided to our school, staff and students. We would also like to thank all parents for giving us the opportunity to provide the educational support needed to improve our student achievement.  With your continued support, all of our students will continue to succeed in their academics. We acknowledge the significant role you play in your child’s educational growth at Hazel Park Advantage Alternative Education Program. Continuing to improve student achievement will be a school goal, as well as maintaining the traditions of academic excellence at Hazel Park Schools.




    Michelle Bissell


    Advantage Program Supervisor