Middle School Math & Social Studies
My school has sixth- through 12th-graders, some there to catch up to appropriate grade levels, some because they’ve been suspended from their “home” school, some because they’re connected to the penal system, and others because they have coping difficulties in large schools and/or social anxieties. Our issues are vast and wide, and we don’t have adequate counseling. One year when we did have a counselor, she was only allowed to guide students on job placement! Many of our students need daily therapy sessions, and our teachers aren’t trained to deal with those who’ve been affected by trauma or mental illness, which, unfortunately, many of our students have been. Also, approximately 40 percent of our students have special needs and we only have one special ed teacher. He’s currently way above the state standard for the number of students he should be dealing with.
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