The vision for ONTOP students is that they will be safe, respectful and productive members of society. We will empower these students to recognize and develop their strengths, overcome challenges, and reach their personal potential academically and socially within school, the work force and in the community. To accomplish the school vision and learning expectations, we hold high expectations for students, families, the community and staff.
ONTOP serves students in 9th to 12th grades, in groups of five to eight students, working with two staff members. ONTOP classes are small so that learning can be individualized, allowing students to engage in high-interest projects, field trips and other learner-centered activities. School doors open at 8:30 a.m and the day begins with breakfast in advisory groups. Classes begin at 8:45 AM and the ONTOP school day ends at 2:10 p.m. Students spend the day with their advisory group, seeing a variety of teachers and paraeducators.
Each student at ONTOP has a staff person who is their advisor. The advisor works with the student on school goals and will keep in touch with parents (and others) as to how things are going at school, and will advocate for the student to help create and support an optimal learning plan to prepare the student for their post-secondary goals. The advisor may be someone other than the student’s special education case manager, however sometimes the advocate and case manager are one in the same.