Student Assistance Program (SAP)
Hopewell High School has established a Student Assistance Program to remove barriers to learning that sometimes appear during the high school years. The Student Assistance Program (SAP) exists to help students whose behavior indicates that they are having difficulties in school such as an increase in absenteeism, academic decline, loss of a loved one, or difficulty adjusting to a new school year. The SAP team consists of trained teachers, counselors, school nurse, and principals. 

The team shares a common concern for your child’s educational success. As a team, we will follow a planned process in order to design an action plan to assist your child in school. We welcome parental involvement throughout the process to better help your child. 

The Hopewell High School SAP team consists of the following members: 

If you have any questions or concerns about SAP please feel free to call 724-375-6691 or email any members in the above list.



SAP Referrals and Data Collection

The core of the Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a team that has been professionally trained to identify issues that are a barrier to a student's learning and school success.  The SAP process provides early identification, intervention and support to address students' needs.  The SAP team will assist the student and the parents to access services within the community if the problem lies beyond the scope of the school. 

A SAP referral would be appropriate for a student who is:

  • Experiencing a decline in academic performance
  • Not wanting to go to school
  • No longer spending time with friends or family
  • Being bullied or harassed
  • Feeling emotionally overwhelmed or stressed
  • Dealing with the breakup of a relationship
  • Experiencing major changes in life - such as parents' divorce
  • Dealing with the illness or death of someone close
  • Experimenting with or using alcohol or other drugs

Anyone can refer a student to the Student Assistance Program.  Some students are referred by teachers and other school personnel.  Also, students themselves, a friend or family member can make a referral.

What happens after a referral is made and the data collection process?

After a student is referred, the team gathers specific information regarding the student's academic performance, attendance and disciplinary records, and observable behaviors from the school's professional staff.  If this information suggests that action is necessary, parental and student consent is sought.  If parents or guardians provide consent, the team then works with them to access the help and support that are needed to overcome the obstacles to success. 
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