Lakota’s new Career Readiness Academy is the definition of personalized education – and one example of Lakota’s commitment to providing a range of options to set students up for success.
The alternative high school program, introduced as an option to both Lakota East and West students this school year, offers students the opportunity to earn their high school diploma in a smaller, more flexible environment. Students facing different circumstances in their lives or struggling with the traditional high school format can work at their own pace with the benefits of a curriculum that combines online instruction with one-on-one support from the Academy's academic staff.
“The model allows students to work entirely at their own pace,” said Nicole Isaacs, the leader of the district’s new high school alternative program open to both Lakota East and West ninth- through twelfth-graders. “Every student who walks through our doors has the same goal – to graduate on time and formulate a plan for what happens after that. But how they get there can look very different.”
During its pilot year, the Academy is situated in a space right off the cafeteria of Lakota West’s main campus. Students reap the benefits of all that main campus has to offer, like guidance counselor support, athletics and extracurricular programs, while enjoying a more flexible, alternative format.
The Academy has big plans to increase its capacity next school year in a new location that will be more central to students from both sides of the district. During the current registration season for the 2017-2018 school year, students might consider what the Career Readiness Academy has to offer.
Learn more about Lakota’s new option, and why it’s worked for some students, by viewing this new video or reading the article published in the last edition of “This Week at Lakota.”