University of Texas-University Charter School
When a child arrives at The Home, he or she may be missing school credits or be behind academically. Our on-campus charter school helps address the needs of these children. The charter school is staffed with an Education Director, Behavior Intervention Coordinator, principal, five teachers and three instructional aides. The charter school allows for our kids to learn in a school setting that fits their individual needs and receive more personal attention. Though many of the children at The Home go to the charter school, we also have children enrolled in public schools within Austin Independent School District.
The average student entering the University of Texas-University Charter School at The Settlement Home:
- Is in CPS care and has been for a year or more;
- Has been in a minimum of four schools in their lifetime;
- Has been in a minimum of two schools within the current school year;
- Has gaps in knowledge in at least one of the four core areas due to being moved from school to school or from missing a significant amount of school. Reasons our students miss school: responsible for younger siblings, unsupervised by parents, runaway, intentionally held out of school to avoid outside scrutiny, psychiatric hospitalization;
- Has a history of discipline problems in school due to conflict with teachers, conflict with peers, truancy or all three;
- Has a significant history of trauma, both in and out of the school environment.
Students at The University of Texas-University Charter School at The Settlement Home receive instruction daily from a well-trained, educated and nurturing educational staff. The seven-period schedule allows our high school students to receive up to 3.5 credits per semester. High school electives taught by part-time staff are double-blocked and taught every other day. Additionally, all teachers are special education certified, and three of the teachers have their ESL certifications. Their expertise is evidenced in the way that they differentiate for their learners in the multi-grade classrooms.
We are focused on providing activities and skills to supply middle school students with a solid learning foundation for high school and guiding high school students as they prepare to leave the structured school and residential environment.
By the numbers:
- Enrollment: 37
- Grades Served: 7-12
- Average percent of students receiving special education services: 50%
- Number of Teachers: 5
- Number of Instructional Aides: 3
Vision: In full partnership with our communities, The University of Texas-University Charter School’s vision is to provide the best educational system for students with specialized learning needs in unique settings where each student will achieve academic, social and emotional success.
Mission: The University of Texas- University Charter School’s mission is to provide exceptional educational opportunities, by creating safe environments and holding high expectations for all.