Welcome! We are excited that you made the choice to join us here at ACP! We look forward to supporting you in your school journey. Please take time to read the 2022-2023 welcome letter that lists a few important things for you to know as we start the year.
$500 MARGARET WILLIAMSON SCHOLARSHIP
ACP is proud to give a Margaret Williamson $500 college scholarship to an ACP student. This scholarship is awarded to the applicant that submits a 250-350 word essay explaining their educational goals and plans. Two letters of recommendation – One from an education related person and one from a person known outside of school. Proof of acceptance to a school or proof of application to a school is required. Mail applications and all attachments to Scholarships c/o 433 N. Hall St. Mesa, AZ 85203.
STUDENT OF THE BLOCK AWARDS
Each block teachers nominate one student from each class as their outstanding student of the block. Student of the block nominations are based on attendance, classroom participation, extracurricular activities, overall attitude with students and staff, academic achievement, and level of improvement. All Student of the Block Award winners receive a certificate of achievement. Award winners receive gift certificates to popular restaurants in the Mesa area. See the student of the Block section under “Students”.
When applicable, all morning classes compete against each other and all afternoon classes compete against each other to have the best classroom attendance. This means that all students have to work together to be on time to class! The morning class and the afternoon class with the best attendance at the end of each week wins the competition and earns their reward. The winning morning class receives free breakfast and the afternoon class receives free dessert.
STUDENT REFERRAL PROGRAM (IN person only)
Any student who refers another to ACP can earn $25 gift card per referred student on their first day of class. Please make sure the student tells us when they enroll the name of who referred them.
OPEN CAMPUS POLICY
ACP is an open campus; therefore students are allowed to leave campus on their lunch hour only, but not during morning and afternoon breaks. ACP is NOT RESPONSIBLE for any student activities during lunch or any activities that take place off campus.
Policy on Receiving a Grade of Incomplete:
Final Exams CANNOT BE MADE UP, except for a family emergency or a serious illness. A grade of incomplete will only be given if a student has a passing grade when one of the following occurs:
- Medical illness
- Family bereavement
- Prior approval from the Superintendent
If a student is given a grade of incomplete, he or she must make up all assignments, tests, or time within one week of the completion of that block. Grades will be withheld until all work has been made up. Any student who doesn’t take a required final exam will automatically fail the course.
ATTENDANCE AND TARDY POLICY
Students are permitted only 2 excused absences per block. Any additional absences require a 2 hour makeup on Friday or after school to make up the time and or work. Students are not able to make up absences past the last day of the block. When students have more than 3 days absent, he/she will not receive any credit for the block.
School absences will only be excused for the following reasons and documentation of the following will be necessary:
To be documented as an excused absence a telephone call from parent/guardian must be received in the office within 24 hours of the absence. The same rules apply for prearranged absences.
We follow the 90% attendance policy prescribed by ARS § 15-802. A student may have only three excused absences during a block. Any unexcused absences have to be made up. Skipping class will result in mandatory make-up time; however class work cannot be made up. Excessive tardies must be made up on Friday from 8 A.M. – 12 P.M. Tardies will be handled by the instructor/administration.
Tests and assignments missed while absent must be made up by the time stipulated by the instructor/administration. It is the students’ responsibility to make arrangements with the instructor for make-up work or to get work in advance of missing class.
Make Up Policy:
Students who are absent in any class must make up the work and/or time on the Friday of the absence. Time must be made up the week of the absence. If that is a problem, students must notify the teacher before Friday to make arrangements if necessary. If there isn’t a scheduled make up session that week, they must make up their absence the following week. Absences are defined as:
Make-up time is based on the following criteria:
1. Missing 1 class (1/2 a school day) = 2 hours make up time
2. Missing 2 classes (a full school day) = 4 hours make up time
3. Being over 20 minutes tardy 1 or 2 times = 2 hours make up
4. Being over 20 minutes tardy 3 or 4 times = 4 hours make up
5. Leaving class early 1 time = 2 hours make up
** Students who are tardy on a regular basis may be subject to additional consequences or disciplinary action.
Students may choose which session they would like to attend if they only have to make up 2 hours. Students needing to make up 4 hours must arrive for both sessions.
Session 1: 8:00 A.M. – 9:50 A.M. Session 2: 10:00 A.M. – 11:50 P.M.
STUDENTS MUST BE ON TIME TO EITHER MAKE UP SESSION. IF STUDENTS ARE LATE TO FRIDAY MAKE-UP THEY WILL NOT BE ADMITTED. Students must have work to do and must follow the rules and instructions of the make-up instructor.
Suspended absences and work missed due to a suspended absence CANNOT be made up.
Students who arrive late to school must serve workplace detention according to the criteria below:
0 – 20 minutes late: Detention during break
21 – 90 minutes late: Equivalent to an absence therefore requires a Friday make-up.
3 tardies count as an absence and require 2 hours of make-up time as well.
Detention must be served at the AM break (9:30-9:50) if the student is 0-20 minutes tardy to their morning class. They must serve detention at the PM break (1:30-1:50) if they are 0-20 minutes tardy to their afternoon class.
Students have exactly three minutes from the time the break bell rings to get to the detention room. A single bell will ring at the 3 minute mark and the detention door will be locked. Students who do not attend detention or do not arrive within the three minute time period will have to serve two consecutive detentions beginning with the next detention session scheduled. A detention slip will be given to each student stating the date, day, and time they are required to attend their make up detentions. If a student is absent from school, therefore they cannot attend their scheduled make-up session, they must serve their make-up detention(s) the next school day in attendance. NO EXCEPTIONS!!
It is the student’s responsibility to know when they have detention, though the teachers and the office staff make several efforts to remind students of their detention responsibilities on a daily basis.
Note: Detention is not held on the first day of the school year, the first day of each block, or on final exam days.
One of the goals of the Administration and Board of ACP is to produce an educated, employable workforce. On keeping with that goal, we will be discouraging multiple body piercing, tattoos, and modes of dress that are not in keeping with the community standard. While we encourage and support all students’ individuality, our main objective is to prepare our youth for their future. Since that future includes employment, freedom of expression in terms of outward appearance must conform to what an employer out in the community would expect. Moderate or conservative dress is recommended. Any student not complying with the dress code may be sent home to change clothes. Their parent or guardian will be notified and that student will be required to make up the missed time.
Clothing which is not permitted includes, but is not limited to the following:
Cellphones and other electronics must be surrendered at the beginning of class and returned at lunch and end of the day. If a student is caught using a cell phone during class, it will be reported to administration and confiscated by the teacher for the remainder of the class. Administration will then take the device at the beginning of class for the remainder of the block. Student refusal to comply with the cell phone policy will result in further disciplinary action. Parents are to call the office and not the student.
ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY
Possession or use of alcohol and/or drugs, weapons, furnishing or sale of a controlled substance or an imitation of drugs will result in immediate suspension from the block and subsequent expulsion from the school, based on administrative recommendation and board endorsement. Consequences for inappropriate behaviors are listed below. The School Administration and Board reserve the right to expel students for gross violations of student policies. Those violations are covered in ARS§ 15.
Students may not show disrespect, defiance, or threaten a teacher, staff, or administrator. Any obscenity or violence addressed toward a teacher or administrator may result in immediate suspension and subsequent expulsion from the school, based on administrative recommendation and board endorsement.
Your student will access their online education through the Accel Management Platform for Education (AMP). To help get you started in the AMP system we have developed a resource website where you can reach out for technology support or find helpful videos and tips to ensure your success this school year!
AMP Technology and Resource Website or 4amphlp.accelschools.com
On this site, you can submit a ticket, live chat or contact tech support. You can also view videos and articles to help guide you. Here are a few to start:
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