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Tier Level Determination

Tier 1 - Purpose: To provide students a structured setting to develop TOES habits, (ex. organizational and study skills)

Associated course - Tier 1 M-Th 

All 1st year students will be in Tier 1 for their entire first year. They will also take Foundations. 

Full academic schedules, including math lab or course support if needed. 

No CR courses (Exceptions: post Alg 2 and LOTE if approved)


Tier 2A- Purpose: To provide students additional time and support to develop organizational and study skills in a structured setting.

Associated course - Tier 2A M-Th

For all 2nd-year students and 3rd, and 4th-year students as needed.  

Required to have a full academic schedule--no open periods - students will be assigned additional Course support time as needed.

CR course selection from bucket list only; other courses require staff approval.


Placement into 2B determined each semester using the following criteria.

-Bs or better in AR courses and Cs or better in CR courses. No Ds or Fs.

-No adverse behavioral record

-Reliable attendance (Recommended 5 or less verified absences, 4 or fewer tardies in most recent semester)

-Not on an academic or behavioral contract 



Tier 2B- Purpose: To provide students the opportunity to manage their workload in a non-structured setting. Students will focus on prioritizing their course work, managing time, and learning how to effectively work in a college environment.

Associated course - Tier 2B M-Th

For 3rd-year students or students recommended by staff

Placement is on a semester by semester basis

All students must meet full-time enrollment requirements for high school.

Full schedule for the school day. 


Petition Considerations (Request for exception to enter Tier 3)

Address to staff through professional communication (send via principal or counselor)

-Discuss the reason/need for placement in Tier 3 at this time

-Provide reasons why staff should support your request.

-Must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 CR units

-Students must have grades of “B” or better grades in AR courses and “C” or better in CR courses from the previous semester. 

-Must have passed all course support classes

-Must have good attendance (Recommended 5 or less verified absences, 4 or fewer tardies in most recent semester)


Tier 3- Purpose: In this course, students are allowed to manage all aspects of TOES. On a weekly basis, students will provide an accounting of time utilization, nature of work accomplished, and workplace to the class instructor.

Associated course - Tier 3 Course support bi-monthly time TBD by student/instructor

For all 4th-year students (3rd-year students by petition or may be assigned by staff)

Students must maintain grades of “B” or better grades in AR courses and “C” or better in CR courses.



CR Course Eligibility*:

1st Years- No CR classes. Possible staff-approved exceptions include math above Algebra 2 level (Completion of Geometry required to meet A-G requirements) or LOTE with previous immersion program experience. 


2nd Years- A’s and B’s and  Credit in all classes.


3rd Years- A’s, B’s, and C’s and  Credit in all classes.


4th Years- A’s, B’s, and C’s and  Credit in all classes.


* Students who do not meet one or more of these eligibility requirements, but who would like to advocate for themselves in order to take a CR class can submit a petition request to the AR staff. Petitions must be in the form of professional communication and should include your proposed course plan, an explanation of why you were unable to meet standard requirements, and what you will do to ensure success moving forward.