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Alternative School Program Report to Plymouth School Board

August 10, 2018

Plymouth Community SchoolsThe Plymouth School Board heard the annual report from the Director of the Alternative School during their August meeting. This year marks the 20th year that services have been offered through the alternative school that was put in place in 1998.

The school offers morning, afternoon, and evening classes for students who have special circumstances that prohibit them from attending classes at regular hours at the high school.

Director Katie Duran said they had an 81 percent graduation rate last year and that the number could increase if students with only a few credits needed to graduate complete the work. She said of the 66 total enrollment, 6 were freshman, 9 were sophomores, 15 were juniors and 36 were seniors.

Students in the alternative program are offered independent and group studies to earn credits as well as credit recovery opportunities. Overall, the students completed 502 course offerings with 237 in alternative school classes, 227 through credit recovery and 38 at night school.

She indicated that the average attendance rate was at 77 percent and that PHS administrators were working with students to increase attendance on an individual basis.

Duran shared a few success stories saying one student earned 14 credits in one semester to graduate on time, a single mother was able to earn enough credits to graduate one year early, and another student drove from the Winamac community to graduate two months earlier than expected.

Carol Anders Correspondent