The Graham Learning Center has five goals for the 2013-14 school year, including improving student performance, allowing funding to meet campus needs, promoting community and parent partnerships, encouraging/participating in activities for recognition of students’ efforts and providing development opportunities for teachers.
So far, through a reduced student teacher ratio, students are receiving direct one-on-one instruction when needed. GLC students typically include young adults who have a job, have families or have lost credits due to excessive absences. There are two teachers at the center and a total of 20 students who attend a class period from 7:50 to 11:50 a.m.
“Having that number (allows) our students to have more opportunities to have one-on-one help from the teacher,” said Thomas Iles, principal of Graham Learning Center. “These students are working at their own pace, and their programs are all computer-based programs.”
At the GLC, students take core classes with an option to take electives. Once they complete all of their requirements, they are declared complete. Regardless of when completion occurs, students receive a diploma at the end of the school year.
GLC has also used state and local funding to meet instructional goals for at-risk students.
GLC also recognizes student accomplishments through small graduation ceremonies upon completion of the program.
“A lot of these kids, in their situation, they don’t get a lot of recognition. The main reason why they’re at this campus is because they haven’t had that support,” Iles said.
The center also plans to provide growth opportunities to ensure staff meet instructional goals through reduced student/teacher ratios. GLC plans to do this by monitoring professional development, and providing leave time for staff to attend training during the school year.
While the GLC may have the fewest amount of students in the district, Iles believes in the difference made by the program and will continue setting and achieving goals for its improvement.
“I feel like we are on track with our goals as far as everything that we’ve established,” he said.
Read the complete story in Wednesday, Feb. 14 edition of The Graham Leader.