Student Handbook


Be Safe • Be Respectful • Be Responsible

 “Rule of 5”
Many of the students are working hard, listening in class, and exhibiting excellent behavior in our brand new school.  We are very proud of them and have told them so. Unfortunately, we also have a few students who have been making very poor choices. Their disrespect to teachers and classmates, lack of motivation, and lack of effort has become a chronic, continual issue that is affecting the learning process. In order to provide the best learning environment possible for every student, we are again emphasizing the discipline process called the “RULE OF 5”.  The procedure is outlined below.  Please read  be  aware of our code of discipline at Taylor Academy.

What makes up the Rule of 5?

  • 3 marks on the clipboard = 1 step on the discipline plan
  • Steps 1,2,3,4,5:  Detention (1/2 hour after school)
  • Steps 6,7,8,9,10:  Double Detentions (1 hour after school)
  • Steps 11,12,13,14,15:  Friday Night School (2 hours after school)

*If a student surpasses step 15, they are considered a “chronic offender” and can be suspended or removed to the A2S (Alternative to Suspension) School.

Consistency Management & Cooperative Discipline (CMCD)

Project GRAD schools use Consistency Management & Cooperative DisciplineSM (CMCD), which is a research-based instructional discipline management system that combines consistency in classroom organization with student self-discipline. CMCDSM builds shared responsibility for learning and classroom organization between teachers and students. Statistics indicate that through the implementation of CMCDSM, schools save between 15 and 18 days per year for instruction.

CMCDSM responds to the changing needs of students by establishing consistency within the classroom and throughout the school, while providing flexibility and responsiveness to the unique styles of each teacher. Progress builds over time to provide a stable and orderly learning environment in which students become self-disciplined by experiencing greater responsibility. Greater responsibility is provided through a series of activities that allow students to become partners in the classroom. Students gain self-discipline by resolving conflicts, solving problems, participating in decisions and by having responsibility for managing the classroom. These experiences, guided by the teacher, enable students to test their own sense of values and build important bridges to their future roles in the larger world.

Bullying Policy

Ethel M. Taylor Academy believes that the rights of all students regardless of race, age, gender or economic circumstance are to be respected. Therefore there is a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for situations involving bullying of any kind.

When any staff member is made aware of bullying against any student, appropriate action is taken immediately. The actions taken are aligned with the Cincinnati Public School District Code of Conduct regarding bullying. Bullying can be defined as:

  • Teasing — name-calling, insulting, or other behavior that would hurt others' feelings or make them feel bad about themselves
  • Exclusion — starting rumors, telling others not be friends with someone or other actions that would cause someone to be without friends
  • Hitting — pushing, slapping, grabbing
  • Severe hitting — punching, kicking, similar behavior that may injure others
  • Threat of serious violence
  • Harassment — racial, ethnic, sexual