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Hillcrest School, located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, offers two programs for students who have experienced difficulties in traditional settings.
The Bridges Center provides an alternative for High School and Middle School students who have been expelled and need to address behavioral as well as academic concerns. The T.I.M.E. Program address the needs of special education students who have not been behaviorally successful in other special education settings or who are transitioning back to the community from out of home placements.
Both programs utilize a philosophy known as the Circle of Courage which includes helping students develop in 4 areas: Belonging, Mastery, Independence and Generosity.We work closely with Community Impact Programs, a not for profit social services agency, who provide youth outreach workers to help students in addressing community and behavioral needs.Both programs provide a small setting, with teachers who work at both the High School and Middle School level and may need to a wide range of courses in both a teacher led style and independent study support (the independent study courses includes a computer based software program).
Hillcrest also incorporates Service-Learning, which is an educational method that entwines the threads of experiential learning and community service. It meets educational objectives through real-world experiences, while tapping youths as resources to benefit their schools and communities.
On January 24, 2017 the Kenosha Unified School District Board of Education approved implementation of a laude system beginning with the Class of 2022. The laude system is a tiered acknowledgement system that recognizes students for the rigor of their academic program as well as their success in that program rather than a traditional class ranking system.