Alternative Education Programs
Turning Point Academy is available as an alternative education option for students with long-term or 365-day suspensions and/or as a disciplinary reassignment for students who have committed severe violations of the Code of Student Conduct. Forty-five days is the minimum assignment. Course offerings and programs at Turning Point Academy are not as inclusive as those in students’ home schools. The staff works with students, their families, and the student’s home school to develop a personal behavior plan and curriculum to be implemented during the assignment to Turning Point Academy. Students are assigned to Turning Point Academy for a determined period of time or until they meet stated goals and then return to their home school. Transportation will be provided.
Turning Point Academy High School Campus
Principal, Dr. Shannon Clemons
Assistant Principal, Mr. Vincent Armstrong
8701 Moores Chapel Rd, Charlotte, NC 28214
Turning Point Academy Middle School Campus
Principal, Mr. Walter Clyburn
Assistant Principal, Mr. Harrison Conyers
2300 W Sugar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28262
Alternatives to Suspension Programs
The Community Service Program
Community Service is designed to allow the student an opportunity to work in the community. Each student and parent/guardian will receive a consent form explaining the community service assignment's rules, expectations, and parameters. In addition to providing an alternative for students who violate the Code of Student Conduct, performing community-service hours helps educate students on the value of service.
Community Program Coordinator, Moses Harper
Sexual Harassment Interventions Program (SHIP)SHIP is a support program for students who have violated Rule 27 in the Code of Student Conduct. The parent/guardian is required to attend SHIP with the student. The focus of SHIP is to provide awareness of sexual harassment through discussion, provide interventions for inappropriate behavior, and explore the effects of sexual harassment on students’ emotional and social well-being at school.
Violence Interventions Program (VIP)
VIP is a support program for students involved in aggressive behaviors at school, during a school activity, or off-campus that disrupt the school’s learning environment. The parent/guardian is required to attend VIP with the student. The focus of VIP is to provide awareness of youth violence through discussion, provide interventions for inappropriate behavior, and explore the effects of youth violence on students’ emotional and social well-being at school.
Social Media Awareness Responsibility Training (SMART)
SMART is a support program for students who have been involved in incidents of cyberbullying (Rule 8 in the Code of Student Conduct) at school or off-campus that impacts the school environment. The parent/guardian is required to attend SMART with the student. The focus of SMART is to provide awareness of cyberbullying through discussion, provide interventions for inappropriate behavior, and explore the effects of cyberbullying on students’ emotional and social well-being at school.
Interventions Program Coordinator, Dr. Delisa Fields
Disciplinary Data Collection
Disciplinary data collection is performed because each year, the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) requires schools to complete the North Carolina Disciplinary Data Collection Form for out-of-school suspensions and offenses of school crime and violence. State laws require that out-of-school suspensions and law violations are reported to the State Board of Education. Principals must document acts of disruption, crime, and violence on their school property or at school-sponsored events. School administrators report to an internet database, PowerSchool, the number of offenses that result in school-based consequences, in-school suspensions, and out-of-school suspensions, including the number of acts of crime and violence that occur on their school campus or at school events.
The Hearing Office
The Hearing Office operates as a branch of the Student Discipline and Behavior Support (SDBS) Department and is assigned duties that relate to the design, planning, implementation, facilitation, and evaluation of the student discipline process within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and the community. This includes coordinating the due process procedures and conducting due process hearings for students who violate the school system's Code of Student Conduct.
Crime and Violence Prevention
Criminal Watch Program
Develops and maintains a database that includes basic information (attendance, academic and behavioral) on students who have been charged with felony and serious misdemeanors and are currently enrolled in the CMS system.
Felony Arrest Notification Program
Responds to North Carolina General Statute (NCGS) 115C-366 which requires that principals be notified of students 16 years of age and over who have been charged with a felony. The Student Discipline and Behavior Support Department maintain a relationship with law enforcement that involves notification to the department of students aged 16 and over arrested for a felony.
Transitional Support Case Manager Program
Provides close supervision of secondary students who have been placed on probation due to CMS Code of Student Conduct or law violations and students in the Criminal Watch Program.
Triage Interview Process
A specially designed series of questions aimed at identifying at-risk behaviors of students transitioning into the school district from non-traditional settings. The information gathered during the triage interview provides the staff with the opportunity to meet and discuss pertinent information with the student, the parents, and, in many cases, community agencies.