Madison High School Learning Center
The Madison High School Learning Center is designed to serve high school students who are at risk of dropping out of school for academic reasons and who may have social, personal or behavioral issues affecting their school performance. The school may also represent a last chance alternative for some students facing long-term suspension. Important factors in a student's success at the school shall include his ability to recognize the issues affecting his school performance and his willingness to build the skills necessary to overcome those obstacles.
The purpose of the Madison High School Learning Center is to accomplish the following objectives:
The program seeks to provide an environment in which students who have not been successful in the regular educational setting can be presented with the opportunity to experience success through various student-centered academic interventions, academic assistance, and recovery strategies designed for the individual. Included in these strategies are vocational preparation and positive, disciplined hands-on learning experiences that empower students to take ownership in their educational goals. Additionally, students shall be encouraged to become positive members of their communities through a relevant form of affective development, as such opportunities present themselves. Although the school will inevitably provide temporary placement opportunity for discipline cases, the school's primary function should be as a dropout prevent arm of the high school.
Limited Credit Diploma
Graduates at Madison High School are typically required to earn 28 credits in order to qualify for a diploma at the end of their senior year. However, state requirements indicate that in order to receive diploma students need only 21 credits. Therefore, the Learning Center has been able to offer a limited credit diploma. To qualify for a this diploma, Madison High School juniors and seniors will have failed more than four classes and not be on track to graduate with their class.
There are important caveats to note regarding the limited credit diploma. While students who graduate with this diploma should be able to attend community college in North Carolina or join the military, they do not have enough credits to attend most four-year colleges or universities. Therefore, if after high school the student desires to join the military or workforce or continue his or her education at a community college, the 21-Credit Option might be a good choice.
Students bypass the extra seven credits by eliminate some of their elective credits, such as certain physical education courses. However, if the student has already earned these credits, he or she will still have to pass the required classes to graduate. Thus, if students have already passed elective classes and earned those extra credits prior to entering the program, they may wind up with more than 21 credits, but less than 28. Each case will vary according to each student's situation. For specific information on individual circumstances, please contact director Jeff Smith. For more information on the limited credit diploma, you may contact the counseling department by clicking on the Counselors' Corner link on the menu bar to the left.
Referral and Placement
The referral and placement aspects of the program are currently being posted to a wiki space that is under construction. If you have questions about this process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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