Mission Statement  

Horton Disciplinary Alternative Education Program provides the 21st Century Learner a disciplined drug-free educational environment by means of direct highly qualified teacher instruction. The program focuses on the development of academics and societal skills to succeed in any educational institution as well as the community.

  About The School  


School History



Special Ed / 504 Students


Extending Placement or Recovery of Dropouts



Student Placement


Intake Procedures at Horton D.A.E.P



Weekly Enrollment


Exit Procedures

Expulsion Hearings

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The Horton Alternative Education Program Campus 6-12 (Horton A.E.P.) was created as an off campus disciplinary campus where students can be removed from all four middle schools, Weslaco High School, Weslaco East High School and South Palm High School under Chapter 37 of the Texas Education Agency Code.

The Horton D.A.E.P. Campus will provide students with a strong program required under chapter 37 of the Texas Education Agency code and the federal mandate of "No Child Left Behind" in addition to other programs adopted by the school that will focus on the following:

· English, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, History
· Meeting the special needs of students
· Counseling
· Self Discipline.
· Social Skills
· One to One tutoring
· Students mentoring / tutoring other students
· Recover credit through the A+ program and A.P.I. Modules
· Parental Involvement
· Community Involvement, Speakers

Strengthening the educational needs of the students will also be accomplished by coordinating the educational needs and assessments of the Horton D.A.E.P. students with their home based campuses. Computer programs will also be used to provide enrichment to the students in their subject areas.



The philosophy of the Horton A.E.P. Campus is that every student deserves a second opportunity to re-apply themselves and refocus on their education. Therefore the Horton D.A.E.P. Campus focuses on providing the Horton D.A.E.P. students with the educational, behavioral, social, and psychological needs that will allow a Horton D.A.E.P. student to learn from their mistakes and start to rebuild their self esteem and character to create a stronger rounded learning base to allow them to return to their home base campus as a stronger student.


Student Placement:

Once a student has been identified as being eligible for D.A.E.P. the following procedures will be followed for placement to better serve the student's need:

· A Horton D.A.E.P. Placement Hearing will be held by the home campus administration, student and parents/guardians.
· All the proper documentation will be filled out and signed including the Placement Hearing Referral.
· Along with the Minimum days placed. Remember a student can receive extra days at D.A.E.P. for discipline infractions or to make up absences.
· The minimum amount of days allotted by board policy for placement is 30 days; if a student is placed less then 30 days they will not be accepted and should be placed in I.S.S.
· A counselor's recommendation will be filled out by the student's counselor and signed by the counselor and placing administrator.
· Assignments and books will be sent for the first day of placement.
· If an ARD is held it will be mandatory to have a staff member from Horton D.A.E.P. present.
· No Special Ed./504 student will be accepted to D.A.E.P. unless an A.R.D. or 504 placement meeting has already taken place.
· The home campus administration will be responsible to assure that a Special Ed./504 student's needs are met.
· Copies of the Placement Hearing, Counselor's recommendation and assignments will be forwarded to the Horton D.A.E.P. administration before a student is accepted.

* Note a student can be kept in I.S.S. pending all proper documentation and school assignments to be collected.


Intake Procedures at Horton D.A.E.P:

The parents and child must attend on the first day of placement for their origination.
The Placement Order will be fill out explaining:

A. Behavior
B. Consequences
C. Criminal Trespassing
D. Student Searches
E. Uniforms
F. Academics
G. Counseling, including outside counseling
H. Acknowledgement(s)
I. Video Monitoring
J. The "Student Code of Conduct Notice" is signed by the parents/guardian and child.
K. The Horton D.A.E.P. general rules will be read and signed by the parent/guardian and child.



The Weslaco ISD Student Management Plan and the Student's Code of Conduct will be enforced along with the additional campus/program rules. For Safety and Security reasons the Horton DAEP administration uses video monitoring and recording in most areas of the campus.  All laws will be enforced through the proper authority.


Attendance is also very important for a student to learn they must be in school every day. · The Horton D.A.E.P. administration follows up on students' absences by phone calls, parent conferences and or home visits.· Referrals are also made to the Truant Officer for home visits. · The Horton D.A.E.P. administration will coordinates it affords to enforce the attendance law with the child's home base campus.  It will be up to the home campus administration to ensure that the proper documentation and charges are filed against the students and parents for truancy violations.


Expulsion Hearings:

Expulsions for Horton D.A.E.P. students will be generated through the Horton D.A.E.P. administration for infractions at Horton D.A.E.P.  The placing administrator will participate and provide all the home campus records.

Special Ed / 504 Students:

No Special Ed./504 students will be accepted to Horton D.A.E.P. unless an A.R.D. or 504 meeting has already taken place.

· The home campus administration will be responsible to assure that the Special Ed./504 student's needs are met.
· The home campus administration will monitor their Special Ed /504student twice weekly.
· All Special Ed./504 students will be exited according to their ARD or 504 meeting.
· Grades and credits will be assigned to Special Ed./504 Students according to the ARD or 504 meeting


Extending Placement or Recovery of Dropouts:

A parent or home campus administrator can request extending the placement.
· The home campus administration and the Horton D.A.E.P. administration have to both be in agreement.
· The rules and consequences will still apply.
· Students will be accepted base on space availability.
· A student can remain at Horton D.A.E.P. as long as they are productive and space is available.
· A former student (dropout or to prevent a dropout), can be accepted back into the program if both campus administrations agree.



Assignments will be generated through the student's placing administrator or counselor.

· The assignments will then be delivered to the Horton D.A.E.P.
· Any assignments already finished will be picked up by the student's campus.
· All grades and credits received through the A+ program or through the A.P.I. modules will be assigned by the home campus administration.
· If extra work/report/project is requested to supplement the A+ or API modules it will be supplied by the home campus.
· Horton D.A.E.P. will follow the District’s Scope & Sequence. 


Testing Staar/Staar A/Staar M

· The home campus administration will be responsible in providing all testing material(s).
· Provide a trained test proctor.


It is strongly recommended that an assistant principal act as the Liaison between campuses, who will be responsible to pick up and deliver assignments to Horton D.A.E.P. and the follow up on students placed from their high school.

Weekly Enrollment:

The weekly enrollment count will be submitted to the home campus and central office on the last day of the week.


Exit Procedures:

All exits will be generated through Horton D.A.E.P.
· Exits will only be done on the last day of the week.
· An exit form will be filled out.
· A letter will be sent to the parents setting up a parent conference with the placing administrator. · The placing administrator will be notified of the students exiting on the last day of the week. · If an early release is requested for a student it shall be in writing.
· All Special Ed./504 students will be exited according to their ARD/504 meetings

* To ensure that the program remains strong and to avoid any controversy of selective enforcement, no early release should be granted or mention to the students.



Though the program is setup to be run in a paramilitary way, where students have to wear a uniform shirt and certain privileges are removed. The Horton D.A.E.P administration understands that the Horton D.A.E.P. students are at a higher risk of dropping out of school. Therefore we do not antagonize the students to react, but we make them responsible for their actions or lack of actions. The Horton D.A.E.P. students also receive counseling on the importance of school, the struggles and demise of dropouts, substance abuse, and behavior modifications. The Horton D.A.E.P. administration believes "It takes a village to raise a child." and we are a big part of that village. Therefore for a Horton D.A.E.P. student to be successful the Horton Alternative Disciplinary Education Program has to be successful.


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