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Joan Macy School

Joan Macy School


Joan Macy School is a specialized, non-public school for at-risk students grades 1-12, who are placed with us by their local school districts. Practical instructional skills are integrated into the classroom experience to promote the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in society today. Students follow school district graduation requirements, with special guidance for those behind schedule. We also offer exposure to community activities such as field trips, dual enrollment, regional occupational programs, and full mainstreaming back to public school as appropriate.

We offer individual and crisis counseling, behavior management training, social skills training, transitional and vocational training, speech and language therapy, door-to-door transportations, healthy living and physical education, and one-to-one services.

Eligible students have access to the San Antonio and East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Programs and an on-campus Work Experience Program, where students gain hands-on job training and earn both a work allowance and vocational credits.

We adhere to the Common Core State Standards developed by the State of California. Individualized adaptations to curriculum are done on an as needed basis. Math curriculum includes California-adopted My Math, California Math Course 1-3, and Core Curriculum Integrated Math I & II. Our English Language Arts curriculum includes California adopted California Journeys and Collections California.

 


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Street Law Clinic

Understanding their place in society is important for all young adults. To this end, Joan Macy School has many for years partnered with the Street Law Clinic offered by Professor Laura Dym Cohen through Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. The clinic teaches legal life skills to high school students at Joan Macy School and throughout Los Angeles County. Law students step into the roles of teacher, mentor, and advocate to empower at-risk youth to make better choices, overcome adversity, and build stronger futures.

These participatory lessons inform the teenagers about their rights and the laws that apply to them, and provide legal information and resources they need to successfully transition to independent living and adulthood. Law students teach a weekly 90-minute lesson using active-learning methodology at sites arranged by the clinic director, as well as meet with their students individually to ensure that each has a plan as they leave high school. Based on this plan, the law students prepare a resource binder specific for each youth that targets their needs and interests, focusing on housing, employment and education.

For more information on Street Law Clinic, contact:

Laura Dym Cohen
Clinical Professor of Law and Director
Street Law Clinic and Public Service Programs
Southwestern Law School

Photo Credit Julie Griffith

Meaningful Summer Activities for the Entire Family

Warm weather. Pool days. Ice Cream. These are just a few staples that let us know summer is on the way. Soon, schools across the country will be letting out for a few months. There are only so many days before you hear the inevitable from your kids or family during the hot summer—”I’m bored!” It’s not from a lack of you trying to keep everybody entertained. It’s just a fact of the season! 

Luckily, there are some ways you can keep everybody busy this summer with meaningful activities. Check out our examples below, then come up with your own ideas to add meaning to time off this summer. 

 

Volunteer at Your Favorite Organization

Summer is the perfect time to show your kids that giving back can be fun. Choose an organization that has a shared interest among your family and ask about volunteer opportunities. Make sure to talk about what they can expect before you arrive to volunteer at an organization of your choice and then discuss how they felt afterward. You and the family will leave feeling good about the people you’ve helped and the work you’ve done.

 

Collect Canned Goods

School lunches are a vital meal for many children across the country who may not otherwise get a meal that day. When school lets out for the summer, that means many kids who rely on school lunches are sadly left without. Ask your kids to help you start a summer food drive where they go door to door to stock pantries for those in need. Partner with a local food bank to find out what specific items they are lacking and advocate for the most needed items. Plus, mobilizing your kids to help you collect items means you get to do good and get your exercise in for the day.

 

Make Your Version of a Lemonade Stand

A lemonade stand is the ultimate beginning for an entrepreneur, and it has ties to the ultimate summer activity. Many entrepreneurs embarked on their first adventure with a lemonade stand to charge money for delicious lemonade. As a nod to your inner child, host a lemonade stand on a hot day where the proceeds are donated to your favorite organization. Set up at a local parade or outdoor event during the summer and advertise where the proceeds will go!

 

Get Active for Charity

Set a goal for good! You can come up with your own fundraiser that ties getting active to raising money for charity. Set a goal of miles you want to run, and get sponsors to match up to a certain dollar amount if you achieve your goal. Commit to jump roping a certain amount every day, and get people to donate along the way as you reach your goal. No matter what activity you decide to do, tie it to your fundraising efforts!

 

These are just a few examples of ways you can beat summer boredom and give back while having fun! Sit down with your family to find out what organizations interest them and how you want to give back this summer. Set goals at the beginning of the summer, and watch as you achieve them before school starts up again in the fall!

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    785

  • Volunteer Hours

    1148

  • Youth Internship Hours

    231

  • Housing Provided

    46

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