Within the VISION HCP, our goal is to build a diploma around you rather than the other way around. We want you to graduate from the VISION HCP knowing yourself and that you have the skills, qualities of character and support to successfully begin the next step of your life. A VISION HCP diploma is accredited through the Delta County School District and represents a body of work that is an excellent foundation for life, college or a trade.
The VISION HCP credit diploma and the VISION HCP community diploma are both flexible and challenging. We believe that learning happens best when there is choice, and these diplomas come with many options and choices. With choice, however, comes responsibility. You must be able to communicate and demonstrate what you have learned. We ask that you be able to convince yourself and others that you have earned this diploma.
The graduation committee will include at a minimum the Resource Consultant, another adult active in the VISION HCP, a peer, a mentor in a main area of interest and one other respected member of the community. These people will support you, and eventually decide if you have earned a diploma. Ideally the committee should be as diverse as possible. Parents may not be on their child's committee but are encouraged to attend and participate in meetings.
We recognize that high school level work may occur at any age. We will count for credit towards the diploma any activity that meets the following standards:
Learners in the VISION HCP learn and receive support from the community. A presentation is a way to give back to the community by sharing ideas, creations and learning. It is also a way to receive recognition for achievements. A quality presentation involves significant preparation and practice and may count for credit. Vision requires that you work with a mentor specifically for the purpose of preparing your presentation. Selection of this mentor is by consensus of you, your RC and family. The presentation must be advertised as a presentation for graduation purposes and open to the public.
The Resource Consultant and committee need to feel good about the quality of the presentation and should be in a position not to be surprised by it. Everybody who sees the presentation must know that it has the intended purpose of meeting the graduation requirement and know how they can give feedback if so inclined. The Surface Creek VISION HCP office will schedule one graduate presentation evening to which all graduates are invited to participate. Prospective graduates who plan to participate in this event will be expected to assist in its planning and execution.
The personal manifesto is a coherent statement of a person's beliefs, goals, motivations and history. The manifesto can take many forms. It may be a collection of poems, a radio or video presentation, or an essay. What is important is that the author communicates who he is and where he is going in a way that others can feel and understand. Before we award a diploma, we want to know that you are familiar with the steps and skills necessary to succeed in these goals and that you have already begun taking the necessary steps.
All students in the Delta County School District are required to take the ACT test, and we use these test scores as one measure of proficiency. Currently, a score of 19 in each subject is the minimum requirement for acceptance into Colorado colleges. Nationally, a score of 16-19 seems to indicate basic knowledge. VISION HCP uses 16 as the minimum required score in a subject as one way to show proficiency. In cases where ACT scores are below 16, the graduation committee may determine an alternative method by which proficiency can be demonstrated.