The Options Program provides high school age young men an opportunity to take part in a modified inclusion program by providing challenging academics to help prepare them for the transition from high school toward a life of independent living. The Options program places strong emphasis on academics with significant focus on each student’s vocational and transitional exploration. Each student’s plan is highly individualized.
Bishop Hendricken High School is the fifth Catholic high school in the U.S. with such a program and the first single-sex school of its kind.
Options students’ core classes are conducted in small groups using a variety of hands-on activities, cooperative learning and interactive technologies to meet each student’s needs. Options students are mainstreamed in physical education, health, and an elective course of their choice. During the elective class, each Options student has a Bishop Hendricken student mentor to assist him in that class. Lastly, it includes life-skills and vocational experiences through a careers class, field trips and work experiences.
Peer Mentors are trained by the Options staff and provide service throughout the school community. Each Options student is paired with a Peer Mentor who accompanies them to the mainstream classes and can assist with notes and studying for class assignments and tests. The Peer Mentors act as mentors, tutors, coaches and friends and ensure that each student in the Options Program is as fully integrated into the life of the school community as possible.
This program builds upon the Bishop Hendricken mission statement, which seeks to strengthen the relationship of all the members of the community with God through the development of the total human person: heart, mind, soul and body. The Options Program supports the belief that students with special needs, like all students, deserve the opportunity to maximize their academic, social and spiritual potential in a Catholic Christian environment.
The Options Program began during the 2008-2009 school year and was partially funded by a generous donation from a Hendricken benefactor. The pilot program served two young men. One year later, six students benefit from this special program; today, 11 young men in grades 9 – 12 participate in the program.
For additional information about this revolutionary program, please contact: Ms.Cara Fusco, Director of the Options Program, at 401.739.3450 or by email at email@example.com.