Serenity High School
Serenety High Logo
|2100 White Avenue
McKinney, Texas 75069
|School type||Public high school, substance-abuse recovery high school|
|School district||McKinney Independent School District|
|Student to teacher ratio||10 to 1|
Serenity High School is the oldest substance-abuse recovery public high school in Texas. It was founded in 1999 as a partnership between the McKinney Independent School District and the Avenues Counseling Center in McKinney, Texas, and serves several school districts in and around Collin County, Texas. As of November 2008, it has served over 150 graduates from over 25 high schools.
Mission and academics
- "Serenity High transforms lives one day at a time."
Serenity High School is funded through the McKinney ISD, state funding, and private fundraising. Out-of-district students pay tuition or have their local school districts pay tuition on their behalf.
As of November 2008, private fundraising efforts included an annual golf tournament.
Affiliations and accreditations
The school is in the McKinney Independent School District and is affiliated with the Association of Recovery Schools. In addition, students from the Anna ISD, Celina ISD, Community ISD, Farmersville ISD, Frisco ISD, Garland ISD, Gunter ISD, Melissa ISD, Pilot Point ISD, Plano ISD, Princeton ISD, Richardson ISD, Rockwall ISD, and Wylie ISD may attend without paying out-of-district tuition. The school is accredited by the State of Texas but did not receive a rating for the 2007-2008 school year
In 2002, federal officials considering creating similar schools in the United States said the school could serve as a national model.
- Association of Recovery Schools
- Avenues Counseling Center
- Interview, KNTU-FM radio interviews Principal Juli Ferraro and two students. Also: Interview with Traci Bowermaster, the chair of the Association of Recovery Schools, Interview with Mandy Baker of the Center for the Study of Addictions at Texas Tech University.
- Serenity High School demographic information
- Serenity High School About page, retrieved 2008-11-30
- Serenity High School Contact page, retrieved 2008-11-30
- Piloto, Connie, "Serenity may be model for other schools Fate of financially shaky campus unclear despite national attention." Dallas Morning News. 2002-10-16. Google News
- "Serenity High State funding should build support for McKinney school." Dallas Morning News. 2003-11-29 Google News
- "2009 Accountability Rating System". Texas Education Agency.
- Mission of Serenity High, retrieved 2008-11-30
- Serenity High School - Curriculum and Academics, retrieved 2008-11-30
- Save Serenity: Alternative school cannot survive without other districts' support." Dallas Morning News. 2004-11-04. Google News
- "Serenity High is at financial low: Program for recovering teen addicts given ultimatum." Dallas Morning News. 2002-07-05. Google News
- Price, Lori, "For now, Serenity's halls stay open District to run school through spring - if $30,000 is paid." Dallas Morning News. 2003-01-25 Google News
- Price, Lori, "McKinney trustees approve cuts: Board rejects axing alternative schools, block scheduling." Dallas Morning News. 2003-05-29 Google News
- Serenity High Golf Classic fundraising letter, 2008-10-03.
- MISD Campus Ratings 2007-2008 School Year, retrieved 2008-11-30[dead link]