Drop-Out Prevention

Drop-Out Prevention, an initiative of the Academic Intervention Department of Sarasota County Schools, is designed to provide support to education professionals who serve at-risk populations. 

The Performance-Based Diploma (PBD) Program is a major element of the district's Drop-Out Prevention strategy. PBD has three major components:

  • Academics
  • Career-Technical
  • Mentoring

Core level skills in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies through the utilization of computer instructional learning technology – APEX software; and facilitated by certified teachers.

The goal of each student will be to achieve vocation certification in preparation for career and post secondary education.

Mentoring: Decisions to Win
The Decisions to Win program is a focused and intensive personal decision-making course targeting high-school-age at-risk youth. The program is managed by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast.

Cyesis Teen Parent Programs

The CYESIS Program began in response to this community’s concern for teen parents and their children. In 1978, a community coalition of concerned citizens, agency representatives, and Health Department personnel requested that the School Board of Sarasota County sponsor an educational program for pregnant teens and young parents. It was agreed that the program would operate in partnership with the community, with the goal of strengthening young families and enabling participants to become self-sustaining members of society.

Since that date, the CYESIS Program has become a nationally recognized model. Students remain in school, have babies of adequate birth weight, and graduate with plans for their future. The program was an integral part of the State of Florida’s decision that all teen parents have a right to an education with ancillary services in place until graduation.

Triad Alternative School Program

The YMCA Triad Alternative Program is a cooperative community project developed to help teens improve their chances for future success. It is a behavior modification program using low student to staff ratios, self-contained classrooms, modified curricula, adventure-based learning, and a "whole-student" approach to teaching. The school's first priority is addressing student behavior. With the use of an integrated behavior modification system, criteria for student success are established. To meet this criteria for success, students are provided with instruction and counseling in a caring and supportive environment. When students meet Triad "Graduation" requirements, they begin the process of re-entry to school, vocational training, college or employment.

Bullying and Harassment
Typical attributes for Bullying:

  • Repeated
  • Intent of Harm
  • Imbalance of Power (either real or perceived – physical, social, authoritative)

Anyone can report bullying or harassment by talking to an administrator or completing by the Bullying and Harassment Report and returning it to an assistant principal, principal, or department administrator. This form can also be submitted anonymously by placing it in the school/department designated drop off spot for anonymous reporting. This report will be followed up on within 2 school/business days. If you feel you or another student/employee is in IMMEDIATE danger, call the contacts below or the police at 911.

HOTLINE (Reporting) 1-877-7BE-BRAVE

Pupil Support Services
Sonia Figaredo-Alberts, Executive Director

Julie Zarling, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31109
Fax: 941-927-4052
1960 Landings Boulevard
Sarasota, Florida 34231
Green 3rd Floor

Exceptional Student Education
Tammy Cassels, Supervisor

Miriam Blosser, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34226
Fax: 941-927-4014

Student Services
Debra Giacolone, Supervisor

Sally Dean, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34754
Fax: 941-361-6157

School Health Services
Suzanne Dubose, Supervisor

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34765
Fax: 941-927-4108

Florida Department of Health Sarasota County
Karen McCormick, Supervisor
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 32101

Alternative Education, Discipline & Dropout Prevention
Dawn Clayton, Supervisor

Karen Frantz, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31113

ESOL and Migrant Education
Jamie Rodriguez, Supervisor

Tracey Cardenas, Program Manager
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 32247

Tamika Herring-Snead, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34330

Staff Listing

9/20/2017 - School Board and SCTA Bargaining

9/21/2017 - CANCELED: Charter Review Committee

9/21/2017 - Taylor Ranch Open House

9/21/2017 - Glennallen Open House (Annual Title 1 Mtg)

9/21/2017 - Cranberry-Open House (3rd-5th Grade)

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