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January 28, 2014

Opportunity School a big success

Some time ago I wrote about a new initiative being undertaken by Rush County Schools. It’s called “Opportunity School.” Well, we’ve finished the first semester; and, thus far, it’s been a smashing success. What follows is excerpted from a brand new brochure produced by Marianne Scott, the school corporation’s information officer.

During the first semester of operation, the Opportunity School had 13 students. What’s great is they earned, collectively, a total of 68 credits! It takes 48 credits for one student to graduate; so, in just one semester, these 13 students earned more than enough credits for one student to graduate in four years! The latest information I have is that two of those 13 students will earn their high school diplomas within the next four to six weeks. Were it not for the Opportunity School, none of that would be happening.

For those of you who may not have read my previous column of glittering prose about the Opportunity School, let me tell you a little about. First, “Rush County Schools is committed to the premise that all students can learn and succeed when provided with an educational environment that meets their needs and interests. Because the traditional school setting presents challenges for some students, Rush County Schools has created another place where students can experience academic and personal success in a new way…”

Opportunity School is designed for those who have opted out of high school prior to graduation. Now they can decide to go back to school and complete their high school diploma. As with most things, prospective students must apply and be accepted to Opportunity School before classes begin. Application forms are available on line at http://rchs.rushville.k12.in.us/ and then prospective students follow the Opportunity School link. Prospective students can also apply at Rushville Consolidated High School and at the Administrative Building at 330 West 8th Street in Rushville.

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