Adult Learning Center
The Adult Learning Center is a comprehensive adult basic education program designed to help adults improve their reading, writing, speaking, listening, math and problem solving skills. Supported by grants from the Massachusetts Department of Education and local matching funds, the center serves over 700 students from Brockton and the surrounding towns, with 95 percent of its enrollment coming from the city of Brockton. Courses are provided entirely free of charge to students, who represent more than 30 different countries from around the world. The Adult Learning Center strives to provide each student with opportunities to develop literacy skills needed to qualify for further education, job training and better employment, and to reach his or her potential as a family member, productive worker and citizen in a diverse and changing democratic society.
Brockton Educational Foundation
The Foundation is a non-profit, community-based organization that was created by community members and school district leadership in the summer of 2000. The Brockton Educational Foundation (BEF) was approved as a non-profit organization by the Internal Revenue Service in November, 2000. Its mission is to support the Brockton Public Schools, by enhancing the learning process for all students. Since its inception, it has steadily grown. It now has a substantial asset base, and a successful track record of fund management. The Foundation has launched several major initiatives which promise to offer significant value to the Brockton Public Schools and its students.
BROCKTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
The Brockton Community Schools fill a vital role in meeting the academic and enrichment needs of students, families and community members. Community Schools offer before- and after-school academic and enrichment programs throughout the school year, during vacations and in the summer. Adults can also take advantage of a host of continuing education courses, a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) program and a number of enrichment programs that instruct participants on everything from cake decorating to car repair.
Brockton School personnel are concerned about how our students and staff would fare emotionally in the event of a suicide or other major trauma, including natural or man-made incidents. The general intent of the Crisis Management Team (CMT)'s policy is to form a trained team within each Brockton school, as well as a system-wide management team designed to be called upon in the event of a catastrophe which affects the whole school system. The Crisis Management Team members have been trained to intervene as a team in a crisis, and to provide guidance to the staff and administration according to accepted suicide and critical incident management techniques.
Guidance Services Department
The Guidance Department is comprised of school psychologists, school adjustment counselors, guidance counselors and bi-lingual counselors. A consulting psychiatrist also provides services to students. The mission of the Brockton Public Schools Guidance Services Department is to provide a comprehensive and developmental guidance and counseling program that promotes resilience and excellence in education. The program assists students in grades Kindergarten trough 12 to develop into confident, independent and productive members of our wider community. Confidentiality is extremely important in the student-counselor relationship. It is vital that the student is informed that material shared in the counseling session remains confidential. It is the counselor's professional responsibility to limit access to personal information to those who have a "need and right to know". In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the confidentiality rights of a student under the age of eighteen reside with the parent or legal guardian.
Health Services Department
Nursing staff is located in all schools to manage an effective school program. Nurses function as case managers for students and as health liaisons for parents, educators, primary care providers and community agencies. The nurses also develop Individual Health Care Plans for students and monitor medication administration.
Safe & Drug-Free Schools (Title IV)
The Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act supports programs to prevent violence in and around schools; prevent the illegal use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco by young people; and foster a safe and drug-free learning environment that supports academic achievement. Without a safe and orderly learning environment, teachers cannot teach and students cannot learn. Students and school personnel need a secure environment, free from the dangers and distractions of violence, drug use, and lack of discipline, in order to ensure that all children achieve to their full potential. The Brockton Public School Title IV Goals are: to provide all children preschool through twelve, with age appropriate science based educational materials and student centered initiatives relating to conflict resolution and violence prevention; and, to provide all children preschool through twelve, with age appropriate science based educational materials relating to drug use prevention.