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 â€“ and gain the added earning potential that a diploma brings.
Our Expectant Teen Classroom is a great option 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 flexibility built into the program. A student can attend a lab science class, work on the school yearbook, serve on the student government, the ASB (Associated Student Body) or be plugged into other regular Twain options. Students can opt to spend a full school day at Twain, attending until the regular Twain dismissal time of 2:40 p.m. This schedule allows a student the opportunity to earn another credit. In addition, an extended day class is offered four days 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, students learn vital life skills about pregnancy and begin to develop important parenting skills.Students explore childcare options, legal issues regarding teen parenting and discover career pathways for post-high school.
The Expectant Teen classroom is a combination of direct instruction, students working with individualized help, cooperating in group assignments and peer tutoring. Middle school teens are eligible to enroll as well as special education students. The inclusion of special education support on this campus has allowed students to receive the individualized academic help they need while making sure the young ladies and teen fathers have access to information regarding parenting. Twain offers a supportive peer group atmosphere.
Under a state-funded program, Cal-SAFE, we have been able to blend the merging of services between the pregnant and parenting student populations at Twain. Students who are near graduation or need English-language learning support can remain in the program after becoming parents if needed.
Each parenting student must enroll in the ROP parenting course. In addition, parenting teens enroll for one period of elective credit in the on-site child care center class. Parenting students with children in the infant/toddler program are encouraged to spend their lunch period in the center with their children. The ROP parenting class is also an elective option for non-parenting Twain students.
What about medical care? Our school nurse works with the pregnant and parenting teens. She provides an initial assessment, on-going care, referrals for requested/needed services and postpartum follow-up for each pregnant and parenting teen.
Twain students have access to SANDAPP (San Diego Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenting Program). This program provides case managers who refer teens to appropriate, needed services. A case manager is available on-site.
Can I receive extra guidance? A district counselor is on-site weekly. She facilitates the student application and intake process, as well as appropriate placement following student's delivery. Her phone number is (858) 496-1811.
For more information contact: Shelly Micolino PMP Teacher : (858).496.8260 ext130 or .Kristin Blackman (858) 496-8260, extension 102, Twain counselor for pregnant and parenting students.