Saturday Diversion Course

  • Purpose of Program:

    Through the Waco ISD administrative office of Student Management, our goal is:  to incorporate restorative discipline with the Saturday Diversion Course to assist in reducing the number of referrals to the Waco ISD DAEP, student out of school suspensions, and modify student behaviors.  

    This Diversion Course may be used:

    • by administrators as an option in place of suspension or placement at the DAEP,
    • by PCL's as alternative to Truancy Court
    • by judges as a sentencing alternative to increase the likelihood of students staying out of the juvenile justice system.


    The Diversion Course is intended as a Diversion away from court, entering the Juvenile Justice System, paying court fines of $500 or more, or having to leave work for court hearings or deferred disposition, etc.  Information learned during the Diversion Course equips participating students and parents/guardians with the necessary skills to communicate more effectively and build more supportive relationships with one another.

    • Students will learn pro-social alternatives to their current behaviors and understand the long-term consequences of continued school disruptions and/or truancies.
    • Parents will learn strategies for supporting their children and learn to meet their developmental needs in healthy and pro-social ways, based on trust and mutual respect.


    A Cohort group of students and parents will attend a Saturday Zoom session of 7 contact hours.
    Students and the same Parent/Guardian must stay the entire session and attend both sessions

    • Student(s) and Parent/Guardian must attend the entire session.
    • An internet link for Zoom will be sent via email to the parent and/or to the student's WISD email.  You will need to download the Zoom app in order to participate.  Utilize your student's device or personal device.
    • Certificate will be provided electronically upon completion of course for proof of attendance.




    SEPT  18th cohort 1 JAN 8TH cohort 7 MAY 7th cohort 13
    SEPT 25th cohort 2 JAN 22nd cohort 8 MAY 14th cohort 14
    OCT 16th cohort 3 FEB 26th cohort 9 JUN TBD cohort 15
    OCT 30th cohort 4 MAR 19th cohort 10 JUL TBD cohort16
    NOV 13th cohort 5  APR 2nd cohort 11      
    DEC 4th cohort 6 APR  23rd cohort 12      


        Times:                   8:30 am - 3:30 (participants must stay online for the entire virtual course in order to receive credit)

    Course Objectives:
    A Cohort group of students and their Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will attend a Saturday course.

    Over the Saturday course, students will learn strategies to communicate more effectively with others, understand impulse control and anger management, and practice skills needed to make better choices in stressful, high-pressure situations. They will also identify their post-secondary interests and strengths and understand how to achieve their career path goals. Elementary students will be engaged with restorative discipline practices, conscious discipline techniques, along with communication and interaction skills developed for proper classroom behavior. While the students are learning, their Parent(s)/ Guardian(s) will be presented information about adolescent development; gain skills in communicating, problem solving, and discipline; and have time to discuss ideas with other parents and gain support. 

    A resource guide will be sent electronically to help parents find and access resources to meet the needs they identify through the course.



    Angelica Serrano                                                         Alfonso Saldaña 

    Administrative Asst.                                                    Coordinator of Student Management




    Waco Independent School District 501 Franklin Avenue ● Waco TX 76701 254-755-9432