Ombudsman’s Flexible Schedule
Ombudsman provides a flexible schedule so students can meet their responsibilities outside of class and graduate. High school and middle school students who have enrolled in Ombudsman due to truancy, expulsion, suspension or personal reasons attend Ombudsman as part of a schedule that works for them. Students typically attend three- or four-hour sessions during the day or at night, depending on their individual alternative education program. Ombudsman helps recover dropouts by giving them a schedule that works for them, no matter their challenges in life.
Blended Learning Model
Students work in a welcoming, safe and technology-rich small classroom setting where they avoid typical distractions and receive one-on-one attention from teachers who are passionate about working with nontraditional learners.
Ombudsman’s blended learning approach is differentiated and personalized, and includes enrichment, teacher-led instruction and small group collaboration. All students, regardless of their learning styles, benefit from low student-teacher ratios and personalized, one-on-one instruction. Because programs are mastery-based, students never have to feel as if they are behind or ahead of their
peers. They focus on their own tasks instead of focusing on the progress
of their classmates.
Off-Campus Student Program
Many Ombudsman programs are located off-campus to minimize distractions. Middle and high school students who drop out or are at risk of dropping out often succeed in an environment that’s different from their own schools. By eliminating distractions such as locker trips, classroom socializing and hallway commotion, Ombudsman helps students stay focused on their academic goals and graduate. When students stay on task, they are less likely to face problems such as expulsion, suspension, truancy and unexcused absences. Some students just need some distance from individuals or environments that make it difficult for them to reach their potential.
Some schools decide to keep their Ombudsman dropout prevention and recovery program on campus for space considerations or other reasons.
Ombudsman can customize a non-traditional middle or high school schedule based on each school district’s need.