Granite Ridge Intermediate School, Fresno, CA
Granite Ridge Intermediate School has a Transition Program for students who are identified as Low Income, Foster Youth, English Language Learners, or others who may be at risk of not graduating. The Transition Program focuses on students who might not seek out support but would benefit from mentoring and increased connections to school resources. This program provides students the resources they need to be successful in the classroom, at home, and in the community.
The Transition Team includes a team coordinator, a counselor, six Student Relations Liaisons (SRLs), and two Instructional Assistants (IAs). The transition process starts with a referral from the counseling staff. The Transition Team evaluates the student’s needs and determines level of support required. A Tier 1 designated student is at lowest risk while a Tier 3 designation indicates a student of high need. Once placed at the appropriate tier, students are teamed with an SRL, counselor, or an IA. Recurring, one-on-one “Trust-Time Appointments” are scheduled in which Team members focus on the academic and social/emotional needs of students, relationship building, and SMART goal development.
Specific interventions based on student needs are assigned to build student success. These may include Transition Tutor Time (TTT), Transition After-School Homework Lab, IA push-in support, and/or Clovis Support Intervention (CSI) referrals. The Transition personnel also extend into the community, conducting home visits for students who are demonstrating difficulty maintaining attendance. They provide computers, log-in assistance, and internet hot-spots to families in need of support with technology during distance learning. Throughout the year, Transitions SRLs visit the five elementary schools within the area boundaries to begin building trust and understanding with incoming sixth-grade students.