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News & Views - Dec, 1992 Issue 

The Fenster School Of Southern Arizona
Mary Jo Flip, Director of Admissions
502-749-3340
Tucson, Arizona

(The following is a description of Fenster's new emphasis, starting about the summer of 1991 when new headmaster Don Saffer came on board.)

"...we identified that niche to be a COLLEGE CAPABLE UNDERACHIEVER WHO MAY NEED SOME SPECIAL HELP. HELP was defined as a student who academically may be behind due to lack of attendance/motivation/performance; a student who may have a learning disability and need special help in some areas; a student who lacks self discipline, study skills and motivation; and a student who can benefit from individual attention available in smaller classes of 10-12 students. To meet the needs of these students teachers received in-service training on individualizing instruction in the classroom. A school psychologist was hired to provide academic assistance to students who needed it. HELP also included allowing a student who may have struggled with adolescent issues to enroll. Again, the day-to-day monitoring provides accountability and structure for them. Higher risk students may be asked to see the school psychologist or an off-campus professional on a regular basis, leave extra funds for homestay suspensions and tutoring if necessary, and be drug tested on a regular basis at the parents expense if there has been a history of substance abuse in the past. Fenster School is a great place for some kids. For the student coming from a highly structured therapeutic school or program it can be a good stepping stone to back home. For the student who needs a change of environment to be successful it can work. For the student who needs a smaller school to gain confidence and build self-esteem then this can be the right school. Underachievers represent about 30% of the kids Fenster enrolls. Another third are international. The balance represents kids whose families are out of the country, who have a difficulty in the home or whose parents are absent or deceased, or kids and parents who found the alternative program offered by Fenster attractive."

Copyright 1992, Woodbury Reports, Inc. (This article may be reproduced without prior approval if the copyright notice and proper publication and author attribution accompanies the copy.)

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