Students in Exceptional Education classes offered at the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation are not defined by the student-teacher ratio number of their program.
Because of that, students, staff and administrators agreed to change the name of the 6:1:1 program to STRIVE: Safe Trusting Restorative Instructional and Vocational Environment.
Dr. John Ramin, CiTi director of curriculum and instruction, said the majority of program participants took ownership of the name change, providing 35 titles which were narrowed down to eight favorites reviewed by CiTi District Superintendent Christopher Todd, CiTi Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Roseann Bayne and CiTi Director of Exceptional Education Jim Huber.
Those administrators provided feedback and then the students overwhelmingly voted to become STRIVE.
“We want to do really positive things with these kids, whether it’s returning them to their home school district, getting a Regents diploma or getting a job,” Dr. Ramin said. “We’re here to help.”
STRIVE seeks to provide positive behavior management approaches and the development and enhancement of student social, emotional, behavioral, academic and vocational skills.
High school classes at CiTi’s Mexico campus afford students the opportunity to obtain high school credits in art, English, foreign language, health, math, physical education, sciences, social studies, economics and participation in government.
A vocational education component is also available.
STRIVE Exceptional Education classes are located at both CiTi’s Mexico campus and the Michael A. Maroun Elementary School in Phoenix.