PaRC’s Onsite University of Texas Charter School
When an adolescent begins treatment at PaRC they are enrolled in The University of Texas-University Charter School (UT-UCS). While attending PaRC’s onsite high school, students continue with their current school curriculum and even have the ability to recover lost school credits. Oftentimes, by the time an adolescent completes treatment at PaRC they are caught up with their school work and are ahead in some classes.
Having UT-UCS onsite at PaRC enables adolescents to carry the responsibility of completing their education during treatment and exposes them to a new way of learning—sober, and with the support of others who are going through the same process.
We prepare students to own their learning and to be good citizens who are successful in returning to traditional schools or graduating and attending college or entering the workforce.
Typical School Day at PaRC
Adolescents attend about seven hours of school, Monday through Friday. Students begin each day with a team-building activity that aims to get their day started on a positive note and help students encourage one another.
We have a 10:1 student-teacher ratio which allows students to have the support they need throughout the day. Our teachers will work one-on-one with students if they need help with a specific concept they are learning and modify the lessons to best meet the students’ needs.
While attending UT-USC, students complete their work through the computer-based Odysseyware learning system. Upon enrollment, students are set up with classes in Odysseyware based on their appropriate grade level. Throughout the day, students complete assignments at their own pace, which gives them the option to get ahead in school work.
In addition to computer-based school work, students also complete individual and group projects. The teachers often pair students who are learning two related concepts to complete a research project together. We believe that group projects teach the students social and communication skills, team work, responsibility and help build self-esteem.
Meeting Diverse Educational Needs
Our teachers are prepared to meet the diverse educational backgrounds and needs of each student. Every UT-UCS teacher holds subject-area certification and special education certification which enables them to work with students whose abilities range from highly gifted and talented to various levels of intellectual impairment.
Students receive education through the utilization of differentiated instruction. Every child is expected to master grade-level curriculum that meets all of the state of Texas curriculum standards. Interventions to address gaps in prerequisite learning and special education services are provided when needed.
Just like any other school, UT-USC holds Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) meetings to individualize the specific curriculum objectives, instructional accommodations, mastery level and location of services for each student based on the impact of the student's disability on his/her ability to progress in the state curriculum. Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are developed for each eligible student.
We work cooperatively with families, students, community, colleagues, and other professionals in order to promote each student's success and well-being as he/she prepares for future endeavors.
Students who are enrolled in Gifted and Talented courses at school have the option to coordinate with their teachers to have their school work sent to PaRC so they can continue their school work.
Teachers at PaRC
For the teachers at PaRC, their experience with the students goes beyond helping them with school work. They connect with the students and encourage them to continue in recovery.
Marsha Walker, Teacher
Marsha is a certified English Language Arts and Reading (8-12) teacher. She has taught middle school Reading Intervention and high school English Language Arts. Her favorite part about teaching at the PaRC is getting to know each one of her students and knowing that even though they are only in her class for a short time, she will make an impact. In her spare time, Marsha likes to read, cook and spend time with her family.
“It’s been a great experience for me working at PaRC. The kids are so smart and all come with unique talents. We really get to know them while they are here.”
Owen Clarke, Teacher
Owen is a certified Math (8-12) and Special Education (EC-12) teacher. He has more than 10 years of experience teaching high school Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II and Pre-Calculus. He enjoys helping the students at PaRC change their attitude towards math and science in a positive way. In his spare time, Owen enjoys playing and watching soccer.
Erin Resch, Principal
Erin has worked in the education system for 12 years. He is certified to teach High School English, All-Level Special Education and is also certified as an All-Level Principal. He was a Head Basketball Coach in the Houston area before pursuing a career in school administration. Prior to his career in education, he spent two years as a Juvenile Probation Officer in North Texas.
He likes to spend his down time with his wife and two children and participates in outdoor activities like fishing, hunting and playing golf.
“We have a unique opportunity to reach and care for the students at PaRC. Each day brings its own challenges and triumphs. We look forward to seeing what doors will open and what ‘light bulbs’ may turn on for the first time. It is truly a privilege to be a part of this educational process.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Does my teen have to go to school while in treatment at PaRC?
Yes. It is a state law for students to attend school if they are receiving residential treatment that lasts more than two weeks.
My teen is far behind at school, can they still enroll in UT-USC at PaRC?
Yes. Oftentimes, by the time an adolescent completes treatment at PaRC they are caught up with their school work and ahead in some classes.
Are there any additional fees required for my child to attend school during treatment?
No. Education is included in the adolescent treatment program at PaRC.
How long will my teen be enrolled in school at PaRC?
Your teen will be enrolled in school at PaRC for the duration of their treatment at residential and PHP levels of care. We also allow students who have transitioned to IOP to continue school at PaRC until they are discharged.
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