The newly created Opportunity School is in the final month of its first year as a pilot program. Last summer, Rush County Schools encouraged students to opt back into school and try a different way of learning by attending Opportunity School.
Sometimes the traditional school setting is a challenge or extenuating circumstances makes it difficult to complete the required credits for a high school diploma. Make no mistake – the Opportunity School is not an easy way out. Students must meet the same criteria as students in the traditional learning environment.
In the first year of this pilot program, 17 students have continued their education through the Opportunity School. As of this writing, a total of eight students have completed the requirements needed for their high school diploma. By the end of the school year, we expect another student will be added to this list bringing the total graduation number up to nine.
“It is an honor to be a part of these students’ journeys, and I enjoy the daily interactions and connections that are made possible when working with small class groups. Had this program not been in place most of our graduating students would not have earned their diploma. This educational opportunity has been beneficial in so many ways as these students are now transitioning into the work world with their diploma in hand,” Mrs. Kara Scheidler,Opportunity School Program Coordinator, said.
We invite the Rush County community to celebrate the unprecedented success of these students in this newly created program. By opting back into school, they have in hand a document that will have a lasting impact not only on their lives, but also the life of Rush County.
So what about the 2014-15 school year? The Opportunity School is on board to offer this specialized program for a second year. In order to attend, those interested should promptly submit an application to the RCHS Guidance for consideration. An application can be obtained in the RCHS Guidance Office. An application review team then selects the students for the Opportunity School program.