The Road to Graduation for Expectant Teens
For students who are preparing for parenthood, we have a program specifically designed to meet their needs while they finish school and gain the added earning potential that a diploma brings.
Our Expectant Teen Classroom is a greatoption that many teens have found success with. We offer:
How do I get there? As an added incentive to help students stay in school, transportation is provided. There is flexibilitybuilt into the program. A student can attend a lab science class, workon the school yearbook, serve on the student government, the ASB (Associated Student Body) or be a part of any regularTwain option. Students can opt to spenda full school day at Twain, attending until the regular Twain dismissaltime of 2:10 p.m. This schedule allows a student the opportunity toearn another credit. In addition, an extended day class is offered fourdays a week from 2:15-3:45 p.m. A motivated student can make up credit deficiencies and even start college coursework.
What do I learn? In addition to academics, studentslearn vital life skills about pregnancy and begin to develop important parenting skills.Studentsexplore childcare options, legal issues regarding teen parenting anddiscover career pathways for post-high school.
The Expectant Teen classroom is a combination of directinstruction, students working with individualized help, cooperating ingroup assignments and peer tutoring. Middle school teens are eligible to enroll as well as special educationstudents. The inclusion of special education support on this campus hasallowed students to receive the individualized academic help they needwhile making sure the young ladies and teen fathers have access to information regarding parenting. Twain offers a supportive peer groupatmosphere.
Under a state-funded program, Cal-SAFE, we have been able tomerge the services of the pregnant and parentingstudent populations at Twain. Students who are near graduation orneed English-language learning support can remain in the program afterbecoming parents if needed.
Each parenting student must enroll in the ROP parentingcourse. In addition, parenting teens enroll for one period of electivecredit in the on-site child care center class. Parenting students withchildren in the infant/toddler program are encouraged to spend theirlunch period in the center with their children. The ROP parenting classis also an elective option for non-parenting Twain students.
What about medical care? Our school nurse works with the pregnantand parenting teens. She provides an initial assessment, on-goingcare, referrals for requested/needed services and postpartum follow-upfor each pregnant and parenting teen.
Twain students have access to SANDAPP (San Diego AdolescentPregnancy and Parenting Program). This program provides case managerswho refer teens to appropriate, needed services. A case manager isavailable on-site.
Can I receive extra guidance? A district counselor is on-site weekly. She facilitates the student application and intakeprocess, as well as appropriate placement following student's delivery.Her phone number is (858) 496-1811.
For more information contact Kristin Blackman, Twain counselor for pregnant and parentingstudents.