UCA DISCIPLINARY PLAN
OUR MERIT SYSTEM:
For our Kindergarten and Pre-K Learning Center ~
In our Learning Center for Kinder and Pre-K students, our Supervisor provides each student with their own "plate" at the beginning of the school term. Students begin each week with a full plate of five cookies; however, when students fail to behave as they should, they begin to "lose their cookies." Every Friday before leaving their Learning Center, students with a full plate of cookies can choose their own prize from a "Prize Box" that's well-stocked with lots of goodies! Students who have only 3-4 cookies on their plate may choose from a "Prize Box" also, but this box has different kinds of prizes - perhaps less exciting ones. Finally, a student with less than three cookies does not get to choose any prize. This simple system works very well to motivate our Kindergarten and Pre-K students.
For our Jr. Elementary and Elementary Learning Centers ~
At UCA we like to utilize a Merit System. Our Merit System is a simple way to reward students who are behaving well, and to encourage students who are not behaving well. In this system, students receive merits, in the form of small tickets, throughout the school week as they complete their work, listen to instruction, complete their personal goals, etc. At the end of each week, students can purchase rewards from the Merit Store using their merits. This store has interesting items for sale, like different kinds of candy, small snacks, small toys, etc.
When there are students who misbehave, the Supervisor can issue de-merits for that student. Then, at the end of the week, a student who misbehaved may not be able to purchase anything from the store; in addition, all de-merits must be "paid off" with merits before shopping at the merit store. For most students, this system works very well, and achieves desired good behavior and student cooperation during the school week.
(For cases in which student behavior doesn't change even though the above system is in place, students may have morning breaks or gym class privileges taken away, for example.)
At the same time, if there is a student that constantly disobeys and challenges the authority of school staff, UCA will take action in a more direct manner. Each case will depend on the individual student, the severity of the offense, and how many times a student has received previous warnings. Obviously, normal challenges are expected.
For our Upper Level Learning Center ~
Supervisors in this Learning Center understand the importance of working to teach students responsibility, and what it means to be held accountable for individual actions. Students are taught to practice punctuality for everything, and are therefore asked to pay special attention to being on time when returning from lunch, from breaks, or from Related Arts classes. They are penalized when they fail to do so.
These Upper Level students, including high school students, receive “demerits” for behaviors like talking back to their Supervisor, not listening to their Supervisor, or perhaps being disrespectful to another student. So, if a student earns three demerits on any given day, they earn detention. This means they can’t enjoy any breaks with their classmates for three days. Also, if they fail to complete their homework assignment from a previous day, they receive a dreaded “goal violation” and must stay in their Learning Center for the first break of that day.
Supervisors take great care to constantly keep in touch with parents when challenges arise, and always work to keep doors of communication open.
***Please note that we treat all of our students as individuals, understanding that some students have special needs that may require slightly different rules or expectations to be followed. For example, if a student deals with ADHD, ADD, or perhaps dyslexia, efforts are always made to accommodate these unique learning situations as much as possible.