Students and staff from Richard C. Briggs High School presented an update on the school's turnaround plan Tuesday night at Norwalk's Board of Education meeting.
"If you walk into Briggs, it's not the environment where you want to run behind someone and say please help me, no there aren't any bad kids there," said one student. "It's an environment where it's a family. We are all a family and teachers are there to support us and teach us."
Students typically attend Briggs due to lack of credits or a variety of personal circumstances.
Staff announced the plan implements credit recovery programs and partnerships with Norwalk Community College, which can in turn, provide internships to prospective students.
"We plan on using what is called the holistic performance index," said Bradford Williams, special education teacher. "By that we are looking at growth at Briggs as 40 percent in academics, 20 percent in attendance. Obviously if the children are not there, there's not going to be a lot of growth so attendance is key..."
Staff say they're continually striving to develop a small environment that meets unique academic, social, emotional, health and wellness needs.
"Our goal for Briggs is not merely to get somebody a high school diploma," said Williams. "Sure that is our initial goal, but most importantly it is so that we can build a career for them so that they can have a better life than they had growing up."