WHAT IS “TOPS”?
“TOPS” (Targeted Opportunities for Personal Success) was the acronym given to North St.Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale Targeted Services programming.
Targeted Services is part of the state ALC (Alternative Learning Center) funding designed for early intervention & prevention programming for students K-8 who are at risk of potentially needing ALC services during their 9-12 years or at risk of dropping out of school. (Minn. Stat. 124D.68)
The at-risk indicators determined by the MN Statute are:
• Is below one or more grade level(s) based on standardized tests
• Is behind peers in satisfactorily completing coursework
• Is pregnant or is a parent
• Has been assessed as chemically dependent
• Has been excluded or expelled
• Has been referred by a school district for being isolated, demonstrating low motivation, aggression or behavioral problems, has family issues, or for other reasons that puts child at risk of dropping out of school
• Is a victim of physical or sexual abuse
• Has experienced mental health problems
• Has experienced homelessness in the past 6 months
• Speaks English as a second language or has limited English proficiency (LEP) (Documentation of second language must in student's cumulative file)
• Has withdrawn from school or has a higher than average level of absenteeism
• Is a sibling of or is being treated in a hospital for a life-threatening disease