Career Readiness Academy Lands in New Location, Serves More Students

Career Readiness Academy Lands in New Location, Serves More Students
Posted on 08/30/2017
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Career Readiness Academy buildingLakota’s Career Readiness Academy opened its doors at a new location this year. The refurbished building on Lakota West’s freshman campus replaces its prior home inside Lakota West’s main campus. The move more than doubled its capacity to serve students. 

“Last year we learned that our model appealed to a lot of our students – so much so that we outgrew it in just a year’s time,” said Academy Principal Nicole Isaacs. “We are excited to have the opportunity to give this alternative option to more students who need it to reach graduation.” Students at the Career Readiness Academy

The alternative high school program, introduced as an option to ninth- through twelfth-graders at both Lakota East and West last 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,” Isaacs said. “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.”

The staff expanded this year, too, adding a guidance counselor and two teachers for more specialized instruction in different subject areas. 

“Not physically being in the middle of main campus allows us to give students the smaller, more intimate high school experience they’re needing – but with all the same access to extracurricular opportunities,” Isaacs said. 

Of the 19 seniors enrolled last year, the pilot program yielded 17 graduates. More importantly, programming geared at college- and career-readiness helped those graduates map their post-graduation plans. 

Any interested student should talk with his or her home school guidance counselor about Lakota’s alternative school option and enrollment options.