Lawndale High School understands that one of the largest workforces in the United States is the military, with over two million active duty service members and individuals serving in the National Guard and Reserves. California has the nation's largest concentration of these service members, and many are parents/guardians of minor children. As such, Lawndale High School seeks to reduce the burden on military-connected students and their families by articulating the most critical transition supports for military-connected students and their families by providing them with the support and resources to meet their unique needs.
Whenever a student's parent/guardian is serving on active duty or has been discharged from military service within the last year and the student transfers to a new school as the direct result of the military transfer or discharge, Lawndale High School, prior to the receipt of official transcript(s) or the arrival of the student, review the student's coursework to date, including any official transcript(s), to determine the appropriate placement of the student in classes. The evaluation will also include communication with school counselors and teachers at the former school.
Enrollment and Registration
The Principal will facilitate the enrollment of children of military families and ensure that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of their records from previous school districts and/or variations in entrance or age requirements.
A military-connected student will be deemed to meet district residency requirements if his/her parent/guardian, while on active military duty pursuant to an official military order, is transferred or is pending transfer to a military installation within the state. Lawndale High School will accept electronic submission of such a student's application for enrollment, including enrollment in a specific program, and for course registration.
When a child of a military family transfers into Lawndale High School, the school will accept and issue full credit for any coursework that the student has satisfactorily completed while attending another public school, a nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency, or a juvenile court school and will not require the student to retake the course.
Lawndale academic counselor will help military-connected students establish immediate and long-range educational plans, achieve academic standards, and complete the required curriculum in accordance with their individual needs, abilities, and interests. Insofar as possible, parents/guardians shall be included when making educational plans.
Lawndale's counseling staff will help all students plan for the future and become aware of their career potential. Academic planning for higher education shall include information about courses needed for admission to colleges and universities, standardized admission tests, financial aid, and scholarships. Additionally, counseling staff shall identify and work with students whose personal problems may prevent them from reaching their potential. As appropriate, students shall be informed about agencies that offer qualified professional assistance with substance abuse, and physical or emotional support.
Military-connected students at Lawndale High School will be greeted and welcomed by our ASB student ambassadors. As such, students will be provided with a campus tour on their first day of school and be informed of student activities and programs designed to meet the needs of the student body in relation to the school and community within the total framework set by the Board of Education. Regular check-in meetings with the Principal or Academic Counselor will ensure the student is adjusting well to their new school.
Centinela Valley Union High School District recognizes the commitment of members of America's military services. The district recognizes both Memorial and Veteran's Day annually and understands that both patriotic holidays honor the military and those who have served in the Armed Forces. Every year, Veteran's day is recognized during the November Board meeting while Memorial Day is recognized during the May Board meeting.
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