The B.A.S.E. Program at Chapel Hill Academy is an individualized goal-oriented point system designed to address students’ individual Behavioral, Academic, Social and/or Emotional needs.
Chapel Hill Academy’s counseling staff, along with teaching staff, develops 3 goals for each student based on IEP information, teacher observations, student interviews and parent information. Students earn points in each class for each of these goals. The progress toward each goal is rated and charted on a daily/weekly basis.
As students accomplish a goal, a new goal will be developed and put in place. If a student is having difficulty successfully accomplishing or maintaining a goal, smaller, more achievable objectives will be set to help the student achieve success. A point and level system is used to reward the student’s positive progress.
Points are NEVER LOST or DEDUCTED!! Points are earned for positive behaviors! “Progress, not perfection,” is our mantra.
Students have the opportunity to earn 10-15 points for each 50-minute class. The student and teacher review points together at the end of each class. Students on Level I earn an average of eighty points a day to make their points for the week.
Prizes, including cheer charts and Chapel Hill/CHA Dollars, may be earned for daily points or demonstrating positive behaviors at the Elementary School Level. At the end of each week, they can choose from Reward Activities that have been set up for that week. Activities such as Frisbee, scooter hockey, kitchen chemistry, arts and crafts, computers and school-wide movies are just a few of the activities that are offered.
Those students who have not earned their points for the week, meet with Counselors to devise a plan which will help them to earn their points the following week. Ninety percent of students earn their points on a regular basis.
When a student earns his or her points for four consecutive weeks, passes all their classes, and attends school consistently, they are eligible for Level II. A student must average 85 points on a daily basis to maintain Level II status. Additional rewards and privileges are available for Level II students including a raise in pay scale on the Career Exploration and Practical Application Program. (C.E.P.A)
Once a student earns Level II points for a minimum of eight weeks they are eligible for Level III.
Level III is a prestigious level. Students need to earn an average of 90 points daily, pass all subjects and have good attendance, and complete a Community Service Project and submit a letter to the staff explaining why Level III is deserved. Once a student achieves Level III they will earn a raise in pay in C.E.P.A., and more school privileges, including access to all field trips. Students who are in good standing on Level III for a minimum of eight weeks will be eligible to apply for Level IV.
The Ultimate Goal – Level IV!
Level IV is achieved only though the continued demonstration, over a significant period of time, of a consistently positive attitude, leadership and role model behavior, and an overall willingness to take an active role in one’s own academic, social, behavioral, and emotional growth and success. The student must continue to earn 95 points daily, maintain passing grades in all classes, attend school regularly and remain a positive contributor in school, at home and in the community. A student demonstrating these behaviors may be nominated for Level IV status by a staff member. Upon nomination, staff will vote; a uninimous vote will result in the student being awarded Level IV status.
The student will earn a raise in C.E.P.A and the opportunity to schedule a meeting with their parents and Child Study Team to discuss returning to district if appropriate.
Daily point totals for students on all levels are sent home in the Students’ Communication Log. Communication helps parents to celebrate our students’ successes!!!
When Points Don’t Work
The B.A.S.E Program has proved successful with the majority of Chapel Hill Academy students. It helps foster self-esteem, positive interactions and self-satisfaction for making good choices.
However, there are some students who put too much pressure on themselves to make perfect points. In these cases the counselor and student may decide on Plan B.
In Plan B, students do not discuss their points at the end of each class, the teacher will give them feedback in the form of thumbs up, smiley faces, checks, etc. At the end of each day the students will receive a simple “YES” or “WE WILL TRY AGAIN TOMORROW.” This system relieves the student of the pressure of knowing their points each period. Rewards and incentives are still available.