Marshall Early Graduation School (MEGS)

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The mission of Marshall Early Graduation School (MEGS) is to provide a safe learning environment for all students with the expectation that all students can and will succeed as they become college and career ready.

WHO ARE WE?

Marshall Early Graduation School is a learning community that supports individual students’ social, emotional and academic needs. MEGS provides students an opportunity to succeed in a non-traditional school setting and offers flexibility to students who prefer to work at their own pace toward graduation requirements. The program also assists students in the transition from high school to the next phases of their lives which could include college, career, or military.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THIS PROGRAM?

MEGS is an open enrollment charter. Any student who has not completed the school year of their twenty-first birthday may be accepted to MEGS to complete their diploma requirements upon approval of the committee based on one or more of the following criteria:

● Extenuating family or health circumstances necessitating an accelerated education
● Students retained one or more grades in high school
● Over age students who have dropped out of school and are returning
● Students who are married, pregnant, and/or parenting teens
● Extenuating circumstances that put the student at risk of not completing their high school education
● Students wanting to accelerate their graduation plan

WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE THIS PROGRAM?
● Expelled students are not eligible during the term of their expulsion
● Students withdrawn from their previous campus due to disciplinary issues (such as a DAEP placement)

HOW MUCH TIME WILL I HAVE TO SPEND IN SCHOOL?

The focus on MEGS is on student success to meet the student’s needs. Students may choose from one of three sessions (see below) and may change the session with the approval of the campus principal under necessary circumstances.

 Class Times:
8:30 AM – 12:45 PM
12:30 PM – 4:45 PM
5 PM – 7:00 PM (Monday & Thursday only)


HOW WILL STUDENTS GET TO SCHOOL?

Bus transportation is not provided. Students may also be dropped off by a parent, walk or drive with a valid student parking permit. Students may arrive no earlier than 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (afternoon session) must leave or be picked up no later than 15 minutes after the end of their school day.

HOW WILL STUDENTS RECEIVE INSTRUCTION?

Students will receive instruction through a blended-instructional model which consists of online coursework and face to face instruction. Classroom teachers will be available to help students, however, students must commit to working independently to complete coursework. Students may complete lessons at home with internet access but will be required to attend school daily. Not all courses offered at the Marshall High School are available at MEGS.

HOW CAN I BE MOST SUCCESSFUL?

This varies for every student. On the average, students who agree to spend at least four hours daily working on coursework are most successful. For students who have qualified for the opportunity to attend school for a shortened day, working before or after school hours will help them complete their courses in a timely manner. Individual student goals will be discussed and time lines will help students successfully graduate.

HOW SOON CAN I GRADUATE?

How soon a student graduates will depend upon how many credits the student has upon entering the program and how hard he or she is willing to work. (Passing required state assessments must be met for example- STAAR EOC exams to graduate)

WILL I RECEIVE A MEGS HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA?

All students who complete the required credits for graduation and pass the state-required assessments will receive a high school diploma granted by TEA from Marshall Early Graduation School.

WHAT ABOUT THE STAFF’S QUALIFICATIONS?

The staff at the MEGS is made up of motivated, highly qualified, certified educators who are trained in the most effective teaching and learning techniques available. All staff have specialized training to meet the needs of our diverse students.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Students may enroll on Wednesday each week however, they may not begin school before the beginning of the next six week grading period.  Students will not be enrolled mid six weeks. The MEGS counselor will complete an application folder. After completion of the application and folder, a required parent/student interview with the MEGS staff will be scheduled.

HOW DO I REMAIN IN GOOD STANDING?

Students are expected to meet program expectations in attendance, behavior and academics. Students’ progress will be evaluated each week. Students are under the Marshall ISD Student Code of Conduct, in addition to the MEGS program expectations. The expectations are that students who apply make a commitment to complete his/her educational journey, recover credits and/or graduate while attending MEGS. To remain in good standing a student must complete 2 courses within a six week period.

RETURNING BACK TO MHS: Once students enroll in the program, the learning community expects them to complete their high school graduation requirements. Only under special circumstances will students return to Marshall High School.

SCHEDULING APPOINTMENTS

All appointments (doctor, dentist, etc.) must be scheduled before or after your class time.

PROCEDURES FOR ABSENCES
A parent must call the office at and leave a message before 9:30 a.m. the morning of the student’s absence. The message must include the name of the student and the reason for being absent. Upon returning to school the student must have the appropriate documentation for the absence to be considered an excused absence. A doctor’s note specifying the reason the student was out and the time frame that is to be excused will be required after the 3rd consecutive absence.

ATTENDING EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

All students may attend any extra-curricular events they choose in accordance with the high school extracurricular schedule outside of the student’s instructional day. Students who go to Marshall High School without permission from MEGS staff are considered out of location and disciplinary action will be taken.


Disclaimer: School leadership has the authority to use their discretion should a situation arise that is not specified by these expectations. Because of changes that may occur during the school year regarding the interpretation of the Texas Education Code, the information is subject to change without written notice to parents and students. However, due process will be offered to students with regard to any changes.


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