Q.: What is different about Park Avenue from the regular... A.:

Q.: What is different about Park Avenue from the regular program?
A.: Here are the differences:
Small learning community consisting of a team of adults (1 administrator, 1 facilitator, 1 counselor, 24
teachers) who focus exclusively on these students who need extra support. Staff meets weekly, communicates
regularly about individual student needs, and goes the extra mile when it comes to encouraging students,
making calls to parents, sending emails, accepting make up work and working as a team for the benefit of
your son or daughter.
Classes located in close proximity to each other to reduce tardiness and subsequent truancies
90 minute mandatory Study Lab class every other day in which students set goals, improve study habits,
complete homework, complete projects, prepare for exams, etc. Study Lab teachers receive regular updates
from core teachers regarding student progress, assignments due, upcoming tests,and anything that can
support student success in core classes.
Elective choices are more restricted; Study Lab takes the place of foreign language.
Q.: Is the curriculum in Park Avenue different from the rest of the school?
A: No. We follow the same course outlines and use the same books and resource materials.
Q.: Will my son or daughter be able to graduate from Wilson High with his or her classmates?
A.: Absolutely. Students need to complete the Long Beach Unified School District requirements for a high school
diploma. Any core classes (English, history, math, science) that have been failed MUST be made up in summer school,
evening high school, or, in some cases, EPHS or Adult School.
Q.: Are there alternative ways to make up missing credits?
A.: Here are all of the ways:
Evening High School meets 2 nights per week from 3:30-6:00 at Wilson (English/History/CAHSEE Math)
Long Beach School for Adults for SENIORS only--limited course offerings
Long Beach Unified School District Summer School --limited course offerings--10 credits maximum
ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS: (see Ms. Marini, counselor, for more information)
EPHS (Educational Partnership High School) Summer School--limited course offerings-student works
independently; can make up as many as 20 credits depending on courses needed
EPHS regular session (requires withdrawal from Wilson)
Opportunities for Learning (requires withdrawal from Wilson)
Q.: Can my son or daughter still play team sports?
A.: The rule is the same for all students--a 2.0 GPA on a regular grading term report card must be earned before an
athlete may participate in games. Summer school grades do count towards recalculating a GPA.
Q.: Can my son or daughter still earn a Medallion?
A.: Yes. Students need 250 credits and a 2.0 total (all 4 years) overall grade point average to earn a Medallion.
Q.: Can my child still earn the Wilson Classical Diploma?
A.: Probably not. The Classical Diploma requires 4 years of foreign language and we do not offer foreign language in
Park Avenue. However, if world language is offered in summer school and there is room in the class, students may
earn their world language credits that way.
Q.: Will being in Park Avenue prevent my child from getting into college?
A.: No. There is nothing on the student's transcript to indicate Park Avenue placement. Most colleges and universities,
however, do require "C" or better grades in all of the core classes. Park Avenue can help a student get back on track
for college admission. Most colleges require 2-3 years of foreign language, so if a student only spends one year in PA
he or she can still meet this requirement.
Wilson Classical High School
Park Avenue Program
Park Avenue is an academic intervention program designed to provide extra support to students whose grade
point average has fallen below a 2.0 for two semesters in a row. Our goal is for all Wilson High students to
improve their grade point averages, earn their credits, return to the Classical Program, and be on track for
graduation from Wilson Classical High School.
Debbie Broadway
Judy DeCoudres
Lisa Smith
Hadley Slevin
Eric Berg
Diana Carbonara
Georgia Cunradi
Janice Kong
Stacy Lica
Eugene Mafi
Patty Martinez
Luis Nunez
Jennifer Obeidin
Marta Oryshchyn
Renea Page
Scott Peffers
Susan Pescar
Randy Peterson
Lesley Richardson
Valerie Smith
Lyle Theile
Pauline Wong
Literacy Coach & PA Facilitator
Counselor A-L
Counselor M-Z
Teaching Staff
US Government/Economics
English 5-6, 7-8 & Study Lab
Earth Science
US History
English 3-4
English 3-4
English 7-8, Film Analysis, Study Lab
Modern World History
Modern World History
Study Lab
Earth Science & Physical Oceanography
Study Lab
Strategies for Success & Study Lab
Frequently Asked Questions about Park Avenue:
Q.: Why was my child placed in Park Avenue?
A.: Your son or daughter failed to make a 2.0 (C average) for two semesters in a row the previous school year, resulting
in academic probation status. A warning about the possibility of an alternative placement was sent to you in an
academic probation letter last February. Again in June, your child's grades were below a 2.0, which resulted in this
placement. The policy is "two semesters below 2.0 to get in, two semesters above 2.0 to get out."
Q.: Is there any way my child can get out of Park Avenue faster?
A.: Yes. By earning a 3.5 grade point average the first semester. It may sound impossible, but those who are capable and
highly motivated can do it with hard work, good attendance and diligence. Last year, 16 Park Avenue students
accomplished this goal and over 50 earned above a 3.0 GPA.
Q.: When can I expect to see my child's progress and final grade reports this year?
A.: Reports will be mailed home:
10/27/06, 12/08/06, 2/07/07*
3/16/07, 5/04/07, 6/20/07*