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The Advisory period is a 26-minute, mandatory tutorial in the middle of the school day that occurs right before lunch for all students that have two or more Ds and/or Fs in any of their classes. Students assigned to Advisory are required to attend the three-week Advisory cycle, four days a week with one of the teachers that they have a D or F.  During the first four weeks of school, all freshmen are placed into a Freshmen Advisor that are run by Link Crew upperclassmen mentors, and are exposed to the many activities on campus while doing team-building activities.  Students who have zero to one D and/or F have an extended 56-minute lunch period during which they can take advantage of a number of different activities during the 26-minute Advisory period.
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One of our greatest challenges is the increasing number of students entering our school who are reading at or below the sixth grade level. Although the percentage of students scoring Advanced and Proficient on the English Language Arts (ELA) CST has gone up over the past three years, Monte Vista recognizes the need to continue improving student literacy through a school-wide effort. Therefore, a multi-disciplinary Literacy Team has been developed where teachers demonstrate how to use various graphic organizers and summarizing techniques; all departments have agreed to use these strategies in their instruction. Also, the Literacy Team will continue to gather input from staff members about areas of concern regarding literacy and look at ways to conduct on-site professional development strands in order to begin to  consistently implement best practice literacy strategies school-wide. The focus for 2017-18 will be to continue school-wide efforts to develop and refine the use of graphic organizers and summarization techniques as well as begin to share and implement student engagement strategies in order to more fully engage students, thus making them more responsible for their own learning.
The Learning Center is a dropout prevention/credit-recovery program where students are required to attend school two hours a day where they check in with the teacher, do work, and ask for help. Then, students are required to do another two to four hours of work on their own at home. The goal is to have students do the equivalent of a minimum of four hours worth of work each school day. Students work on one class at a time and credit is issued based on the amount of work they complete, not their seat time. The Learning Center offers three, two-hour blocks with two teachers and approximately 30 to 45 students per block. Priority of student selection is as follows: fifth-year seniors, seniors, and then juniors. Only on rare exceptions are underclassmen admitted (health issues, pregnancies, and/or severe circumstances).