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Evening classes get overwhelming response before school starts

The idea of evening classes to help students complete graduation requirements is appealing, and before the doors to the new program even opened, more than 40 individuals asked to join in.

"We think there will be a great demand. This helps kids keep themselves on track if they are willing to work hard for it," said Steve Strouble, principal at Crossroads who helped create the program.

The evening school, which is designed to accommodate 20 students at one time, began this week. It should boost graduation rates by helping those close to meeting requirements complete necessary classes through on line "e-courses" two nights per week.

The program will serve both current students who have fallen behind as well as those who dropped out but were close to earning a diploma. Initially, the focus will be on current students, and "We will start with seniors and work our way down," said Rudy Falana, principal at Thomson High School.

"The first class will include eight high school seniors who, if all goes well, will put on the robe and graduate in May," he said.

All the enrolled students are expected to attend the classes and make regular progress.

"We are not going to tie up a seat for someone who is not going to attend," Mr. Strouble said.

The curriculum offered is a self-paced, accredited program under the direction of two teachers.

Web posted on Thursday, February 17, 2005


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