CEC Lab Course Overview

Mr. Haggerty / CEC Lab Room 301 (Academic recovery lab)

Across our great nation, public schools in all states grapple with a persistent and difficult challenge: addressing the needs of those students who are "off track." That is, they have failed courses and therefore may not be able to graduate with their class.

Not graduating on time can create a psychological disadvantage and significantly increases the chances of dropping out altogether. Many different credit recovery programs have been tried in public schools over the last 30 years. Yet the research tells us that nearly all credit recovery programs achieve only modest success or fail outright for one reason or another. Then, a new type of system began to emerge: the software driven academic units.

In terms of real success, defined here as earning a diploma, programs like CEC have been and continue to be the number one credit recovery model throughout the country. While the reasons for the success of the software-driven model may be debated, several advantages are clearly beneficial for students who are behind in credit:

1) The units are self-paced

2) Feedback for student work is immediate, no lag time for grading

3) Students can clearly see their progress as they work through the academic units

4) Frequent quizzes and tests ensure that learning is occuring and the standard of mastery is being met  

5) Unlike the regular on-line schools, instructors are presnt in the CEC classroom to assist students when they “get stuck.”

6) Because CEC exists as only one period in a regular school day, the student’s schedule is not upset. They may still take any MUHS elective and participate in afterschool activities, sports, clubs, and stay connected with the rest of the student body.

7) All CEC plans are individual and crafted by their guidance counselor

New diploma standards have made it difficult for a student to fail more than two classes in their high school career and still graduate on time. 22.5 credits are needed for an MUHS diploma, 15 of which are required core academic courses (this includes the new state requirement of four years of math and three years of science). A regular schedule of 6 classes per day does not leave much room to repeat a course.

Nevertheless, there are strict rules for entry into CEC. These rules help ensure that a student is properly challenged and does not try to “bail out” of a difficult mainstream class at the first sign of trouble. The Guidance Office has authority over entry into the CEC program. There are several rules, but the prevailing qualifier is that the student is “off the graduation track.” Normally this means two or more Fs actually on their transcript (a current failing grade in a class is not a qualifier). Normally, only juniors and seniors are allowed into the CEC program.

For over 15 years, the Computer Education Center has been assisting students who are off the graduation track. It is a great pleasure to work with these students, to see them achieve and gain confidence in themselves.

T Haggerty  CEC Instructor 




CEC syllabus

Classroom Rules and Procedures    
Mr. Haggerty / CEC Lab Room 301 (Academic recovery lab)
Office hours: 7:30 – 8:30am    634-7531 ext 3301
We will use a total point system. A running total of your points and calculated grade is available at any time via PASS system or by simply asking for a progress report.                    
[90-100% = A     80-89% = B    70-79% = C      60-69% = D      0-59% = F]
Attendance / Participation
Effective classroom learning requires promptness, presence, and preparedness. To this end, students will be rewarded for displaying these traits, and held accountable for ignoring them. There will be a significant participation grade given each semester.  
Classroom Rules
1.       Be in your seat at the start bell and stay at your seat until the closing bell (no standing by the door)
2.       No food or drink in the CEC Computer Lab (water is OK)
3.       No electronic devices such as cell phones. If seen, they will be confiscated per district policy
4.       No getting out of your assigned seat without permission. 
5.       Ten restroom visits will be allowed each semester  - these are in the Student Handbook. Use them wisely
6.       Use appropriate and respectful language toward yourself, fellow students and your teacher (no swearing)
7.       Any behavior that interferes with the learning of another student is against the law (AZRS 15-841) and will incur progressive consequences and possible removal from the class.
8.       All other rules not covered here will appear in the Student Handbook and will be enforced in this classroom
For minor infractions such as breaking one of the rules above, the student will be assigned detention.
In my experience, students at MUHS have been amiable, respectful and earnest about their academic work. However, any student interfering with other students’ ability to learn, or the instructor’s ability to teach will be dealt with firmly.