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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

How to Give Thanks Today and Every Day

This week, millions of people in the United States gather around to share their thanks for the people in their lives for Thanksgiving. It’s the perfect time of year to be reminded of all we have to be thankful for. Sometimes, saying “thank you” simply doesn’t seem like enough. That’s when it’s time to get creative! From thoughtful gestures to selfless acts of kindness, check out these ways you can show your gratitude, appreciation and thanks today and year-round. 

 

Call Up a Friend

Everybody has their own struggles which can be consuming, especially when they aren’t expressed out loud. Call up a friend or loved one and simply offer to listen to whatever is happening in their lives. We don’t always have to aim to fix a problem in order to feel better—sometimes it just feels good to talk it out. Thank your loved one for sharing, and they’ll most likely feel compelled to ask you the same questions. This is a great way to deepen your relationships and gratitude for one another.

 

Speak Up

Sometimes we think about how much we appreciate somebody and we fail to actually tell them out loud. Make it a goal to vocalize the next time you’re feeling thankful for someone, no matter how big or small. If you don’t remember to tell the person in the moment, there’s always time in the future! 

 

Take Time to Reflect

Sometimes it can feel difficult to express gratitude, especially if everything seems to be going wrong in our lives. The next time you’re feeling spent, take the time to reflect on the things that are going well in your life and the people who mean the most. Write in a journal and make a list. Meditate and think about the people or things you are grateful for. 

 

Invite Someone to Your Table

We’re all human, and sharing a dinner table is an easy way to ignite conversation and remember that we’re all one in the same. Invite somebody new to sit at your table for a meal. You’d be surprised at just how connected we are, even if two people are different from what meets the eye. 

 

Help Those in Need

Consider volunteering or donating this holiday season to help those in need. We live in a world filled with amazing organizations that are aiming to make our planet and communities a better place. Find an organization that resonates with you, and call to ask about available opportunities to volunteer. Many organizations do a great job of letting prospective volunteers or donors view operations and information in advance to get a better understanding of all that they do. 

 

There are many ways you can say ‘thank you’ to the people in your life. Use these ideas both today and year round! Remember, the people in your lives will never know how much they mean to you unless you say it or show it! Next time you’re feeling down, consider reflecting and journaling to remember the things most important to you in your life.

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    486

  • Youth Internship Hours

    625

  • Housing Provided

    44

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