The Comprehensive Student Support (CSS) Program focuses on providing schoolwide student support that prevents students from dropping out of school as well as enriching the school climate that leads to their success. This Program is included in Assembly Bill 825, the Pupil Retention Block Grant, which took effect on July 1, 2005.
This is a combination of student support elements and strategies that identify obstacles to academic and school success. Research has proven that CSS program elements create a climate that promotes positive morale for students, parents, teachers, and staff. The supportive school environment created through the CSS program contributes to the success of students by providing them with high expectations and opportunities for meaningful participation. This program based in comprehensive kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12) schools and is managed by an outreach consultant. The outreach consultant works with the Student Success Team to identify students at risk of dropping out. This program is funded in 336 schools throughout California.
An additional element is the Alternative Education Outreach Consultant Program. This program works with dropouts and potential dropouts. Program staff recruit, assess, and counsel students in alternative education settings. The program encourages students to complete their education and provides a variety of educational options for students who have not been successful in a traditional comprehensive school setting. The program is located in 50 school districts throughout California.
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