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What is the Focus Program?

The Focus Education Program at Marist High School is designed for students of average and above average intelligences that have been diagnosed with a specific learning difference and have an Individualized Education Program, IEP.

The program includes students of all academic levels, with some in traditional college preparatory classes and others at the honors level.

These students are given a class period daily for academic support, with no more than five students per period. While still completing the full college preparatory requirements, the Focus period is designed to help these students in the following areas:

  • Organization
  • Study Skills
  • Academic Support
  • Self-Advocacy

Focus Program Purpose

At Marist, we believe that all students, no matter their learning needs, should have the opportunity to receive a quality education. The Focus Program offers that opportunity. The program is designed to supply students with a premier, college preparatory education that is geared specifically towards their learning needs.

The program has a student to teacher ratio of 5 to 1 which ensures that every student in the program receives personal and individual attention from the Focus teachers. These teachers interact regularly with the Guidance Department, the student’s teachers, and the student’s parents to inform them of the progress that the student is making in the program.

The teacher ensures that students have the accommodations they need as laid out in their IEP’s to succeed in their other classes, such as:

  • Preferential seating
  • Adjusted testing times
  • Assistance with note taking
  • Assistive technology, if necessary
  • Testing in the Focus Room

They also monitor each student’s IEP and interact with the local Child Study Team on the student’s behalf.

Grading

Each academic quarter, a student's grade will be determined by progress in specific academic areas, as well as progress in study skills, organization, and time management. Each day a student will be graded on one or more of the following requirements:

  • Preparedness for class
  • The accuracy of the daily Agenda book
  • Completed assignments
  • Questions for the Focus Room teacher
  • Possessing appropriate supplies
  • Appropriate use of time

Application Process

In order to qualify for the FOCUS Program, a student must submit the applicant record and standardized test scores along with a copy of the most current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) prepared by a Child Study Team. These forms should be given to the Admissions Counselor, Barbara Verdonck, when a student submits their application for acceptance into Marist. For more information about the program itself, please contact Sr. Helen Moores S.C, Director of the Focus Program. 

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