programs

Success in School (SIS)

What is Success in School? Success in School (SIS) is a program that provides educational services and is designed to help improve the educational outcomes for youth in foster care in Region 3. A FWC Education Specialist works directly with students enrolled in the program to ensure academic success. SIS supplements efforts and provides academic services and resources for Guardians/Attorney Ad-Litems, Advocates, Child Protective Services, Caregivers, Schools, and Social Workers. All services provided by FWC are free to students enrolled in the program. Who is Eligible for Referral? Success in School Student Referral Eligibility Criteria:
  1. Student who is currently in, or is being placed in, Permanent Managing Conservatorship (PMC) of the State
  2. Student who originated in Region 3
  3. Student who is currently placed in licensed foster care in Denton, Collin, Dallas, Tarrant, Rockwall, Kaufman, or Ellis County
  4. Student who is between the ages of 6 - 15 years of age
In addition, students must also meet at least one of the following criteria:
  1. Student is behind grade level in any of his/her classes or is at risk of grade retention.
  2. Student’s English proficiency and/or reading level are behind grade level.
  3. Student has been referred for an individual initial evaluation to determine the need for special education and related services or the student is currently receiving special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  4. Student has transitioned to a new school within the last 6 months.
Education Services Available Through the Program:
  1. Consistent on-going education support through a full-time Friends of Wednesday’s Child Education Specialist (ES)
  2. School support (special education, school transitions, credit replacements, etc)
  3. Development of a student-centered plan with an Education Specialist
  4. One-on-one student goal setting with an ES
  5. Enrollment in one-on-one tutoring
  6. Involvement in a developmentally appropriate extracurricular and/or enrichment activity
  7. Summer learning opportunities
  8. Student progress reporting
How Academic Progress is Tracked? The long term goal of SIS is to increase High School graduation and help youth develop a plan for their future. Once a student is accepted into the program, he/she will continue in the program through the duration of his/her time in foster care. Through the course of middle school and high school, student metrics such as the following will be tracked for each student in the program.
  • Attendance
  • Course performance
  • Behavior
  • Engagement in extracurricular activities
  • Student motivation
Who Can  Receive Academic Progress Information? The FWC Education Specialist prepares progress reports for each student enrolled in the program at the end of each grading period, semester, and academic year.  SIS report cards can be provided to caseworkers, caregivers, as well as, guardians and advocates for court reporting purposes. How Can A Student Be Referred Into the SIS Program? A student referral into the program must come from the child’s CPS Caseworker. Acceptance into the program is not automatic. All referrals will be evaluated for acceptance into the program. Referral Forms should be emailed to successinschool@wedchild.org CPS Caseworkers: Please CLICK HERE  for a complete downloadable SIS Program Information Packet Downloadable Forms: 2016-2017 SIS Student Referral Form *Please email all SIS referral forms to successinschool@wedchild.org  SEE THE IMPACT: DOWNLOAD OUR PROGRAM YEAR 1 REPORT CARD DOWNLOAD OUR PROGRAM YEAR 2 REPORT CARD