September 1, 2017
Over 30,000 students and staff paused for a Moment of Peace and Unity on Friday, September 1, 2017 at 11am. Students joined hands to form a heart while listening to the Desiderata poem and snippets of infamous speeches.
August 31, 2017
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 states that any school that receives funds for educationally disadvantaged students (Title I funds like Desiderata) must inform parents if their child is assigned a teacher for four or more consecutive weeks who is not "highly qualified" under NCLB.
According to the No Child Left Behind law, a "highly qualified" teacher is one who:
1. Has obtained a Bachelor's degree or higher;
2. Has obtained full State certification; and
3. Has demonstrated competency in the core academic subject area(s) that he/she teaches by passing a content area test or enough hours to be equivalent to a major (24 semester hours). The core academic subjects are English; Reading or Language Arts; Mathematics; Science; Foreign Languages; Social Studies (Civics, Government, Economics, History, Geography) The Arts (visual arts, Drama, Music).
All teachers at Desiderata Alternative Program have obtained a Bachelor's degree or higher and are fully certified through the State of Arizona. Please read attached notifications below.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017