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Intervention is another word for help. The Intervention Program can help both you and your child gain necessary skills, access to counseling, health care, and immigration advice. The classes offered help your child learn basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. Enrichment classes are also offered that prepare them for the college entrance examinations. The programs listed in this brochure are part of the Intervention Program offered through the Beyond the Bell Office.

Saturday Classes
(RLA) For Ninth Graders Not Proficient in English and/or Math
Required Learning Academy (RLA) is for 9th grade students who are Far Below Basic, Below Basic and Basic on the California Standards Test (see Explanation of Tests in this brochure). This class is required for all 9th graders who are not proficient in mathematics and/or English on the California Standards Tests. Parents will receive notification by mail. This class is required by the District.
(ELA) for 10th & 11th Graders Not Proficient in English and/or Math
The Extended Learning Academy (ELA) classes are for those students who need help with basic skills in English and or Math. These students are scoring below the required levels in mathematics and English.
(SAT) for 9th through 10th graders Proficient in Math and/or English
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT Prep) classes are for students wishing to enter a four year college after graduation. These classes are for students who are scoring at the proficient and advanced levels in mathematics and English.
CAHSEE Preparation for Students who have not Passed
Classes are offered to help students pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). The Saturday classes are aligned with the test. The CAHSEE test will be given the Tuesday and Wednesday after the last Saturday class.
(ESL) for ESL 1 or ESL 2 students
The English Second Language (ESL) classes are for students who need help with English Proficiency. Applications are available in the ESL Office as well as the Beyond the Bell Office.
Students will receive 2 ½ credits for attending the classes above. Applications are available in the BTB Office.

Seniors who have not passed the CAHSEE must be attending the above sessions in “good faith” until such time as we have official verification that they has passed the exam. If a student fails to attend, the student has lost all senior events except graduation.

Four series of Saturday School are offered:

    Session I
    B & C track: 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19, 8/26, and 9/9
    CAHSEE exam for C-Track is 9/12 & 9/13
    Saturday school is required for B & C track graduates of 2007 who have not passed the CAHSEE and 9th graders scoring below proficiency on the CST’s.
    Session II:
    A & C Track: 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/ 28 and 11/4
    CAHSEE exam for A & B Track is 11/7 and 11/8
    Saturday school is required for A track graduates of 2007 who have not passed the CAHSEE and A & B Track 9th graders scoring below proficiency on the CST’s.
    Session III
    B & C Track: 1/5, 1/12, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 3/1 and 3/8.
    Saturday school is required for B & C Track 9th graders scoring below proficiency on the CST’s.
    C and B track seniors who have not passed the CAHSEE will be assigned to a period 1 or period 4 mandatory class.
    CAHSEE exam for C and B Track students is 2/6 and 2/7. There will be one more test for the CAHSEE to qualify for a high school diploma.
    A-track seniors will be assigned a period 1 and period 2 class and two Saturday classes for the two weeks prior to the test. There will be one more test for the CAHSEE to qualify for a high school diploma.
    CAHSEE exam for A track is 3/20 and 3/21.
    Session IV
    A & C Track: 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, and 5/12
    Required for A & C Track 9th graders scoring below proficiency on the CST’s.

Mandatory Attendance Policy
No more than one absence for Saturday school; no more than four absences for Beyond the Bell classes, KYDS, or Intersession classes.

Do Not Let Your Child Miss out on the Opportunities that High School Offers.

Saturday and After School Adult Classes
New Series of ESL, GED, Custodian and Child Day Care Worker Classes for Adults
Custodian Classes: Want to change jobs? Gain Skills? You can earn up to $15.00 an hour plus health care benefits as a custodian with LAUSD. This course will help with the entrance examination. As a custodian you can continue classes and earn more money. Classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. starting July 5 through August 25. Classes will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning September 5, 2006.
Child Day Care Worker: This course is designed to help family child care providers improve their techniques and strategies for providing child care in a safe, nurturing, and literacy-rich environment. Certificates of completion are awarded to program graduates by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Sign ups for classes will begin July 8, 2006 (Saturday) from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Classes will be held on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
ESL Classes: All levels of English classes are offered on Saturdays beginning July 8. Learn English and increase your employment opportunities. Classes will be held on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. These classes are offered throughout the school year.
GED: Get your high school equivalency diploma in Saturday School. Sign up beginning July 8th from from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Classes will be held on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. These classes are offered throughout the school year.

Sign up for the above classes in the Beyond the Bell Office or through Adult School. New students may enroll at any time. On Saturdays, report to room 94 to enroll. For more information, call the Adult school office at (818) 252-5627 Monday through Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4: 30 p.m.

Intersession classes are offered for students who have failed classes. It is important that your child enroll in intersession if he/she has failed a class. Enrichment courses are also offered in Intersession. Colleges look for students who take classes, work, or volunteer during their time-off. Students can enroll in intersession courses or college courses, work, or intern. The dates for intersession are:

Fall A-Track: July 5, 2006 through August 28, 2006
Fall B-Track: August 30, 2006 through October 25, 2006.
Fall C-Track: October 30, 2006 through December 22, 2006.
Spring A-Track: January 2, 2007 through October 28, 2007.
Spring B-Track: March 5, 2007 through April 26, 2007
Spring C-Track: May 1, 2007 through June 26, 2007.
Sign up through your child’s counselor.

Keep Youth Doing Something
The KYDS program targets any student who has not promoted to the next grade level on time. All 9R’s and 10R’s (R means Retained) are enrolled in these special classes. Students work on mathematics and English. Each class has two tutors to help the students in addition to the teacher.

Math Intervention
Students who have no chance of passing their Mathematics class are placed in a Math intervention class the last three weeks of a mester. If the student participates in “good faith” with no more than two absences, they will receive an incomplete in the subject (thus the grade will not affect eligibility). The student will then retake the class and the grade from this class will replace the previous grade. The students will work on mathematic concepts that are hindering their success in mathematics.

Supplemental Educational Services
(Free Tutoring)
Under No Child Left Behind, students on the free and reduced meal program can receive free tutoring. Applications are mailed to your home a month before the deadline. The first deadline is June 30, 2006 There will also be a second and third opportunity to sign up for the various tutoring programs. The second deadline is August 31, 2006 and the final deadline for this school year is October 20, 2006. There are many types of tutoring available: online, one-on-one, group and individual tutoring, and some will even come to your home. With over 50 different providers, there is one right for your child. Sign up soon as some providers have limited space and may not be available to you at a later sign-up date.

Watch for Tutoring Provider Fairs. This provides a unique opportunity to speak to the providers and select the best fit for your child.

Twilight School
Twilight School is designed for ninth graders and 9R’s (did not promote to tenth grade) who will or have not promoted to the next grade level. Ninth graders are placed in this program after failing four or more classes the first semester. Nine-R’s (ninth grade retainees) are assigned to Twilight school at the end of their ninth grade because they have not completed the necessary 55 credits to promote to tenth grade. The program is mandatory and students are automatically placed in the program by their counselor.

Explanation of Tests

CST (California State Standards):
The California Standard Test indicates your child’s level of competence in the areas of Mathematics and English in the particular grade level subject they are enrolled. The possible scores for the tests are: A (Above Proficient), P (Proficient), B (Basic), BB (Below Basic) and FBB (Far Below Basic). The following is a chart showing the scores and the level of understanding of the subject:

Above Proficient



Below Basic

Far Below Basic






Your child understands 80 to 100% of the subject.

Your child understands 60 to 79% of the subject.

You child understands 40 to 59% of the subject.

Your child understands 20 to 39% of the subject.

Your child understands 0 to 19% of the subject.

A or P is passing the examination in subject area. If your child was enrolled in Algebra I and received FBB, it indicates that your child’s level of understanding of Algebra I is far below basic. Students who receive scores of Basic, Below Basic and Far Below Basic will be required to attend Saturday School.

The California High School Exit Examination indicates your child’s level of competence in Mathematics and English. The test demonstrates competency at the ninth grade level in mathematics and the tenth grade level in English. A student who passes the test with a score of 350 is demonstrating an understanding of 55% of the ninth grade curriculum in Math and 60% in 10th grade English. CAHSEE Preparation classes are offered on Saturday School. Students who pass the CAHSEE should still consider taking the SAT Preparations classes (see below).

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a standardized test that provides practice for the SAT Reasoning Test and gives students a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation programs. Students should take the PSAT (does not include Algebra II or the essay portion of the SAT) in ninth grade to know their weaknesses and strengths on the test. Tenth graders should take the PSAT in October. Eleventh graders should take the PSAT (only eleventh grade students can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship on this test) in October. The PSAT will only be offered on Wednesday, 10/18/06 and on Saturday, 10/21/06.

Scholastic Aptitude Test
The Scholastic Aptitude Test is required for most four-year colleges. The Mathematics section includes topics through Algebra II. The English section includes vocabulary, reading comprehension and an essay. It is recommended to start taking the Saturday SAT Prep classes starting in ninth grade if your skills are in place. The SAT Prep classes for ninth and tenth graders emphasizes acquiring and retaining the vocabulary and pre-algebra II math skills necessary to be successful on the test. The Eleventh grade SAT Prep Class is a cramming session for the test. Upcoming dates for the SAT for 2006-2007 are as follows: 10/14/06, 11/04/06, 12/02/06, 01/27/07, 03/10/07, 05/05/07 and 06/02/07. Sign up in the College Office.

American Collegian Testing
The ACT is an alternative to the SAT test. Check to make sure that your college of interest will accept the ACT. The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities. The upcoming dates for the ACT for 2006-2007 are as follows: 9/16/06, 10/28/06, 12/9/06, 2/10/07, 4/14/07 and 6/9/07. Sign up in the College Office.

Medical Insurance
Look into Healthy Families for your children. Your child may be eligible if they are under the age of 19, California residents, US. citizens or eligible qualified aliens, not eligible for no-cost Medi-Cal, not covered by health insurance, and the family income meets requirements. Some of the benefits include: prescription medicine dental and eye care, regular check-ups, physician and hospital services, and an opportunity for your child to receive regular medical care. What is the cost? It depends on the number of children in your family, your household income and insurance plan you choose. The monthly payments are from $4 per child to $27 per family and $5 co-payments for some services, plus immunizations and checkups at no cost. Call (310) 306-7981 ext. 301 for more information.
Valley Community Clinic offers free and low-cost medical care and health service to individuals on Medi-Cal as well as uninsured individuals and families. They also provide mental health services, HIV testing and Optometry services as well as counseling. Please call (818) 763-2034.
Lara Medical Clinic offers low cost medical services for individuals with Medi-Cal and those without insurance. Please call (818) 767-1661.

Internships and Learning Opportunities
(Remember an Occupied Child is less likely to get into trouble!)
Medical Explorers: Provides an opportunity for students to explore careers in the medical field. Explorer meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month. The Orientation and Information Meeting is Wednesday, September 13, 2006, from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Doctor’s Dining Room located in the Basement Bistro at Kaiser Permanente. The address is 13652 Cantara Street, Panorama City in the Hospital Tower Building. Membership is limited and is accepted on a first come first serve basis. For further information, please cal Post Advisor Karen Ruballo at (818) 375-4207.
Kaiser Internships: Learn about the medical field. Pick up your application in the Beyond the Bell Office.
(818) 375-3524
Free Film Production Class
(818) 767-243-2490
Griffith Park Internship Opportunity (Forestry, Golf and Grounds Maintenance and Landscaping)
(818) 243-2490
Ford Amphitheatre Internships: gain an insight to the inner workings of performing arts (Music, Dance, and Film-receive $200 for completing the program)
(818) 243-2490
Camp Counselor Leadership Training (Learn and earn $200)
(818) 243-2490
Sports Officiating (Learn and earn $200)
(818) 243-2490
Parks and Recreation (Ballet, Karate, Breakdancing, Swimming, Cooking, Golf, Art, Gymnastics, Jewelry Making and Homework Help) Sun Valley Recreation Center: (818) 767-6151; Sun Valley Pool: (818) 756-9367

Contact the college Office for more information on new internships and learning opportunities available.

Help Hotlines:
RAINN (Rape Abuse Incest National Network): (800) 656-HOPE
Suicide Hotline: (800) SUICIDE
Self-Injury: (800) DONT CUT
Alcohol and Drugs: (800) 527-5344
Runaway Hotline: (800) 843-5200
Eating Disorders (847) 931-3438

Drug Testing: The CARE program offers free drug testing and counseling for high school students. For more information, call (818) 994-7454.
Tattoo Removal: Tattoo removal is available every first Friday of the month at Robert F. Kennedy Medical Center, 4500 W. 116th street, Hawthorne, CA 90250. For more information, call (310) 900 -2794. For the Earn Respect Intervention Office, call (310) 349-5416.

Tutoring Offered After-School
Tutoring is provided in mathematics, English, social studies and science. Tutoring is offered after school in the following locations:

English and Computer Research Lab
Tuesday Wed, and Thurs
Room 84
Math and Science
Monday through Thursday

How does my child sign up for after school tutoring? There is no sign up. Your child simply reports to the above classroom. How do I know if my child is going? The teachers will be happy to write a note or see for yourself – come on over.

Do you want to earn more? You can take classes in computers, contracting, cashiering, medical assistance, and much more through the Pacoima Skills Center or North Valley Occupational Center. They prepare you for the entry level test for LAUSD in maintenance, electrician for DWP and more. Call the Pacoima Skills Center at (818) 896-9558 and the North Valley Occupational Center at (818) 365-9645.

Los Angeles County Neighborhood Legal Services
Legal assistance is provided for immigration, domestic violence restraining orders, dissolutions (divorce), free and low cost health care benefits, food stamps and more. Most of the services are free. For more information, call 1 (800) 433-6251.

Impact Program
Is your child using drugs, depressed, involved in gangs, hates attending school or always getting into trouble? If any of the above apply, call your counselor and have your child referred to one of our many Impact groups. We have a trained specialist, Leslie Wolfson, who will work with your child once a week.

Graduation Requirements
In order to graduate a senior must:

  • Complete 230 credits, 170 of these credits must be in required course content areas,
  • Complete a service learning project (new requirement this year), and
  • Pass the CAHSEE.

Failure to do any of the above will prevent the student from receiving a high school diploma.

The Sun Valley Neighborhood Council meets on the second (2nd)
And fourth (4th) Tuesday of every
month. Our meetings are held at
Villa Scalabrini Retirement
Center, 10631 Vinedale St Sun
Valley, Ca 91352. We start
promptly at 6:30PM

The purpose of the neighborhood Council is to promote stakeholder participation in local government issues affecting our community and to make government more responsive to our local needs.
A stakeholder is any one who lives, works or owns property in Sun Valley or any one who participates in Religious institutions, Community organizations or Educational Institutions.