Zinsmeyer Academy is certified by the California Department of Education to serve students with specific learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, and other health impairments in grades K through twelve. The academy provides behavioral interventions, individual student assessment and training in self –control, life skills and ethical living. Students are responsible for working toward a successful return to public school. We offer designated instructional services such as individual counseling, group counseling, speech & language therapy, parent counseling and provide a one to six teacher-student ratio.
Our ChildNet Youth & Family Services mission is, “To provide safe homes, education and counseling to vulnerable children and families”. Zinsmeyer Academy’s educational commitment is “To provide quality education in a caring environment that will empower students to successfully mainstream to public school and their communities”.
Zinsmeyer Academy in cooperation with responsible local school districts provides an individualized educational program (IEP) for each student enrolled. Every child who is referred for enrollment at the school is evaluated during the admissions process. This process is designed to accomplish the following: a) to identify the referred student’s needs, b) to determine if the school can implement the IEP, and c) to assist the responsible school district in meeting the requirements of the state and federal laws. To assist this process the following admissions criteria and guidelines are considered: male and female children from age 11-22, ambulatory, and severe deficits in social/emotional, cognitive, or communication skills that require a non-public school placement. Exit criteria are attached to individual student progress based upon IEP goals. These goals should be directed towards reintegrating the student into the public school community with transitional assistance.
ChildNet’s commitment to continue a fully accredited educational program through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) results in the delivery of quality of education to all students.
As a result, Zinsmeyer Academy has established common Expected School Wide Learning Results (ESLR’s) to strengthen our educational commitment. They are as follows:
Effective managers of their emotions who:
- Maintain focus when facing disappointments.
- Use conflict resolution strategies
- Express their needs and wants appropriately.
Productive and independent individuals who:
- Can access community resources
- Who set fiscally responsible life plans.
- Set goals, establish priorities, and make informed decisions.
Critical thinkers and problem solvers who:
- Meet or exceed their IEP goals.
- Gather and evaluate information to solve problems.
- Work independently as well as collaboratively.
Effective communicators who:
- Utilize spoken and written language.
- Incorporate technology as a communication device.
- Respond appropriately when speaking.
Zinsmeyer holds an annual Back to School night where parents, guardians, and interested family members are able to view their child’s work and discuss academic progress and concerns with teachers and behavior support staff. In addition, the IEP process is also a vehicle by which parents can be involved with their child’s progress and work to develop needed adjustments with the IEP team. Faculty and staff also maintain family contact logs to report academic and behavioral progress, and/or concerns. Faculty and staff are also available via Internet and voice mail.
School Facilities and Safety
Zinsmeyer Academy currently has five classrooms, a library/media center, dining room, and tutoring/counseling offices.
To safeguard the wellbeing of students and staff a comprehensive School Site Safety Plan has been developed by the Safety and Disaster Committee. The safety plan includes safety issues such as supervision, disaster kits, and emergency procedures. The safety committee meets on a monthly basis to review any concerns or current issues. Safety drills are held on a regular basis in compliance with all state, municipal, and education codes. Our entire staff is trained in CPR and First Aid. Our campus is located one mile away from the Long Beach Police and Fire Department. Community Hospital of Long Beach is our nearest emergency medical facility, which is one half mile north of the school. Any visitors to the campus are required to sign in at the school’s main office and must wear the proper identification at all times.
Our teaching and administrative staff members hold California Education Specialist Credentials in mild/moderate disabilities.
Our school counselors are Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW).
Zinsmeyer Academy serves many vulnerable students. It is our belief that because our students are exposed to many at-risk factors, promoting a caring and nurturing environment allows students to be resilient. To assist students in achieving their personal, social, and academic goals Zinsmeyer Academy provides students with opportunities to feel valued and respected at school and in their communities. First, students participate in weekly physical education classes at our local YMCA. At the YMCA, students are reminded of the importance of living a balanced, healthy life in spirit, mind,and body (www.ymcala.org). Secondly, students are taught the importance of giving back to their community by volunteering in our communities charitable organizations. Lastly, teachers and support staff at Zinsmeyer Academy firmly believe that effective social skills are learned in the classroom and in their communities. To this end, curriculum offerings that connect what the student learns in the classroom to real world opportunities for successful living are an important component within the schools program.
The school offers a comprehensive art program where students are able to create a wide variety of art and craft projects. Students learn a variety of skills including painting in various media, cooperating in group projects, following directions in creating craft projects, and developing patience and self- confidence through their individual creative processes.
All students also have the opportunity to join Zinsmeyer Academy’s Journalism Club which coordinates the school’s yearly yearbook production. In this activity students learn writing and reading skills, organization and cooperation skills, and verbal communication skills during yearbook planning sessions.
The school offers supervised Internet access for students using a computer laboratory in the library. All students also participate in classroom learning activities through the use of smart board technology that allows the teacher to access learning programs from around the world to enhance and enrich the student’s education experience.
** This report card was published in September, 2013