The Good Samaritan Agency is here to help the teen parents of today. Here are some FAQ’s about our Teen Parent Education Program to get you started on the right track!
What is the Teen Parent Education (TPE) Program?
The Teen Parent Education Program is an alternative high school education program for pregnant and/or parenting young women who have the opportunity to work towards and earn their high school diploma in a smaller, supportive environment. Students must be between 14 and 20 years old and be eligible to attend high school (meaning completed the 8th grade). Childcare is available to all students in the program. All students are also assigned a caseworker who helps you to stay focused on your educational goals, but can also help with referrals to resources and provide a safe and supportive place to talk about stressors in your life.
How do I enroll in the program?
To enroll in the program, you (or a parent, provider or guidance counselor) need to contact the agency and schedule an intake with a caseworker. During the intake process, the caseworker will discuss with you your current situation, your past educational experiences, and your goals. Next, you will be scheduled to complete testing in math and English to give our teachers a better understanding of your abilities. If you reside in Bangor, we will help you to enroll through Bangor Adult Education. If you live outside of Bangor, you will need to be in touch with the Superintendent responsible for your school district to request approval to attend our program. Your caseworker at Good Samaritan Agency can help you with this process.
What kinds of classes will I be taking in the Teen Parent Education Program?
The TPE program is a diploma program, so you are required to earn credits to work towards your diploma. For Bangor students, this means 20 credits for graduation. Other school districts may have different graduation requirements. Students in our program will take classes in English, Math (all levels), science, history, computer and Life Skills/Personal Growth. Life Skills and Personal Growth classes focus on learning independent living skills like budgeting/personal finances, career exploration, nutrition, healthy relationships, parenting and discipline, child development, self awareness and much more. Our alternative program offers students smaller class sizes, individual learning plans designed to fit your abilities and educational goals, and a warm, supportive atmosphere with staff and teachers interested in helping you succeed in your education. Many students who have struggled in the traditional public school setting, thrive in our program.
How many credits can I earn in a year?
The Teen Parent Education program is designed to be a two-year diploma program, meaning if your start our program with no high school credits, you may be able to finish in as little as two years. Often times, students need to attend more than two years to meet all their graduation requirements and we can be flexible about this. Students have the ability to earn a maximum of 10 credits a year.
Is childcare available to me?
Yes, childcare is available to all students in our Teen Parent Education Program who need childcare in order to be in school. The licensed childcare facility is on-site, allowing students peace of mind that their child is being cared for in a safe and nurturing environment while they are attending classes. If you receive ASPIRE services through DHHS, you will need to meet with your ASPIRE worker to arrange payment for your childcare. If you do not receive ASPIRE, Good Samaritan Agency participates in a grant program to cover your childcare expenses. You would be required to complete paperwork and meet with our childcare coordinator to get this in place.
How do I get to school?
Transportation to and from school is the responsibility of the student. The BAT bus comes right near of facility and is a viable option for many of our students. Some students drive themselves or have family members or friends bring them. If you need help with transportation, please talk with one of our caseworkers about possible options.
What is the schedule for the TPE program?
Students are in class Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Our program follows the Bangor School system calendar for all holidays and vacations. Please note: due to the condensed school schedule in our program, good attendance is a must to be successful.
What if I don’t make it in the program?
For many young students, making the commitment to return to school is a huge step in the right direction. Sometimes, things don’t always go as planned and students find themselves dealing with stressors that prevent them from staying in school. We understand that having stability is a must to be able to commit to your education. In the Teen Parent Program, students are allowed three tries in the program. If you are not able to be in school right now, maybe things will change and you can come back at a later date. Be in touch with your caseworker to discuss this.
What kinds of school supplies to I have to have?
It is helpful if you are able to provide yourself with some notebooks, pens, pencils and a backpack. If providing any of these items is a hardship for you, please talk with your caseworker and we may be able to help out.