Drop-Out Prevention

Sarasota County Schools is fully committed to ensuring that every Sarasota County student graduates on time with their cohort. To meet this goal our comprehensive High Schools engage students in meaningful work so students reach their goal of graduating ready for college and or career. Drop-Out Prevention, an initiative of the Pupil Support Department of Sarasota County Schools, is designed to provide support to education professionals, children and their parents who are at-risk for dropping out.

High School Drop-out Prevention Programs

This program is a major element of the district’s Drop-Out Prevention strategies.  Sarasota County’s comprehensive high schools have programs that feature strong academic, behavioral and attendance interventions.

Project 10

Project 10 is a state initiative that all of our comprehensive high schools utilize as a part of systemic monitoring for high school graduation.  The goal of Project 10 is to ensure that every high school student has a circle of support to ensure graduation success.  The project 10 initiative involves the following:

  1. School & district collaboration to review graduation data and identify trends
  2. School teams identify at-risk variables and coordinate services and support to staff, students and families
  3. Through early identification, ensure programmatic support to at-risk students.

Accleration Academy

The Teen Parent Program (CYESIS) 

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.

Three Components of Cyesis

1. Customized Academic Plan 

  • a.    Blended academic schedule (traditional and online coursework)
  • b.    Opportunity for self-paced coursework
  • c.    Academic advising
  • d.    Post-birth attendance accommodations
  • e.    On-site social worker

    2. Parenting Skills Development

    • a.    Parenting skills classes integrated in student’s schedule
    • b.    Mental health services aimed at supporting maternal mental health as well as relationship between parent and child. 
    • c.    Child development support and training for parent
    • d.    On-site child birth education and lactation (breast feeding) classes  

    Childcare/Family Advocacy

    • a.    Licensed and accredited programs with certified educators
    • b.    Early education supporting intellectual, social and emotional growth
    • c.    Child health services (vision, dental, nutrition, emotional and physical health)
    • d.    Provide guidance and connections to local resources, training and employment
    • e.    On-site health clinicians monitor health of expectant mothers and babies
    • f.    School social worker dedicated to providing wrap around services to each student to ensure academic success, emotional health, and parenting success.   

    Childcare Information

    Childcare programs are located on the campuses of Riverview High School and North Port High School and operate in partnership with Children First, which is Sarasota County’s Head Start agency.  Licensed by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Sarasota County’s Cyesis childcare programs provide the highest quality of care for infants and toddlers.  

    1. Transportation provided by the Sarasota County Schools for parents and children (car seats provided)
    2. Visitation time during school day for breastfeeding and parent-child interaction
    3. Diapers and meals for children provided during childcare hours at no cost
    4. Resources available for maternity and home childcare needs
    5. Educational programs include, but are not limited to: safe sleep, child restraint safety, breast/formula feeding, mother and child health and safety, behavior management strategies   

    The vision of the Sarasota County School Board Cyesis Teen Parent Program is to foster development of individuals toward self-sufficiency by serving children and families, in a safe, nurturing, high quality environment.

    The mission of the Sarasota County School Board Cyesis Teen Parent Program is to provide comprehensive services which include education, family support, and early care and intervention.

    Young children learn through social interactions with others, physical movement, and a variety of indoor and outdoor play opportunities. Cyesis Teen Parent Program offers a stimulating early education program that follows developmentally appropriate practices. The program focuses on the needs of each child. 

    Cyesis Teen Parent Program Common Questions

    Contact information

    Riverview High School
    One Ram Way, Sarasota, FL 34231
    Childcare Director: Tricia Gisiger, Tricia.Gisiger@sarasotacountyschools.net
    Childcare Social Worker:  Meredith Piazza, Meredith.Piazza@sarasotacountyschools.net

    North Port High School
    Cyesis,6400 W. Price Blvd, North Port, FL 34291
    Director: Maggie Novello, Maggie.Novello@sarasotacountyschools.net                    
    Social Worker: Sindy Hark, Sindy.Hark@sarasotacountyschools.net

    Triad Alternative School Program

    The 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 McCormack, Supervisor
    Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 32101

    Alternative Education, Discipline & Dropout Prevention
    Dr. 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

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