A Green Bay Area Public School District program aimed at helping at-risk students received a $4,000 donation Friday from AT&T. It was given to the Academy to further its mission to help young people find success.
Inside this classroom, high school seniors having a hard time getting enough credits to graduate find success, through a program called the Academy.
“Our overall goal is relationships, it’s about re-engaging students in the learning process,” said Principal Jason Johnson.
Housed at East High School the Academy helps at-risk students find a path in this competency- based program. Supported along the way by instructors like Katy Schroeder.
“They are all working on their own personal learning plans just to get through the competencies so they can graduate on time with their class,” said Schroeder. “They deeply care about what’s coming next in their futures, they just don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Through intensive one-on-one instruction and with specialized learning plans approved by the district these students – some who are parents, or homeless, or the main breadwinner in their family – find success.
“We find out what has been successful, what hasn’t been successful and we start there,” Johnson said.
The 4-year-old program has an 83 percent graduation rate and when finished the students get their degree. Thanks to the Academy and dedicated teachers who simply won’t give up.
“We don’t give up on students. We have student that don’t finish and we don’t drop them. Once you’re here, you’re here until you graduate or we run out of time,” said Schroeder.
There are 100 students enrolled this year. Next fall the Academy will move into the district’s new charter school – the Northeast Wisconsin School of Innovation in downtown Green Bay.