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Failing seniors get a second chance

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Credit Recovery program will help students graduate on time without summer school

By Jennifer Garcia

Typically, seniors who are lacking the sufficient number of credits to graduate have to make them up during the summer, but a pilot program being implemented by Los Alamos High School could change that.
During Tuesday night’s school board meeting, Superintendent Gene Schmidt said the school district is trying to identify the population of students most at risk for not graduating on time. He said there are upward of 10 seniors who could benefit from the program that is being offered through IDEAL-NM, a state-approved online program.
The program would allow students who are credit deficient to take online courses, which will be taught by a certified teacher. Also, a certified teacher will be in the classroom with the students to help guide them through the courses.
“It’s possible that some juniors might also be interested,” Schmidt said. “We’re going to start small, as a pilot program and will evaluate it at the end of the semester. This might be something that needs to grow in the future.”
School Board Member Thelma Hahn asked Schmidt how many credits these students typically need to make up in order to graduate.
“They need one to four credits,” Schmidt said. “Four would be a lot.”


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