SPARC is for students who are 18 years of age but not yet 22 years of age who are not going to receive a high school diploma. The students who are part of SPARC are nominated by his/her case conference committee meeting and a team of professionals review each student’s nomination and accept two (2) to three (3) students per year to become part of SPARC. Prior to entering SPARC the student will go through the graduation ceremony at Franklin Central High School (FCHS) and receive a certificate of completion.
The students first year at SPARC is a five (5) day per week placement for the same scheduled hours as students attending FCHS. Students work a variety of job placements gaining a wide repertoire of skills and learning what it means to be a responsible employee and prepare their own lunch each day. The students second year at SPARC is a three (3) to four (4) day per week placement. They may or may not be at SPARC for the same scheduled hours as students attending FCHS. This is because the goal of SPARC is to “step down” services from the K-12 setting and begin filling in services from the adult service provider domain. The number of days and hours per week students participate in SPARC are determined by the student, his/her guardian(s), and the adult service provider(s) working with the student.
The ultimate goal for students exiting the SPARC program is for them to be in a community setting and/or vocational setting and not merely sitting at home. Therefore each student’s vocational and daily living skills are uniquely tailored to his/her goal for when s/he exits the SPARC program.