West Side Education News & Notes
New alternative high school opens in Akron
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Towpath Trail High School has opened at 275 W. Market St.
The high school is a nontraditional, nongraded school for students in grades nine through 12 who are 16 and older and may have fallen behind in earning credits, have other responsibilities, have difficulty passing state-required tests, are at risk of dropping out of school or just need a new environment to study in, according to John Stack, director for the school.
“This nationally accredited school will fit a lot of different students for a lot of different reasons,” Stack said. “This school will be open year-round and is designed for students who don’t fit into the traditional school setting.”
According to the website, students do not enroll in a specific grade level, but instead take courses that are self-paced, teacher directed and technology-centered to allow for customized instruction. Students proceed at their own pace, and assessment is included to track instructional practices.
The curriculum includes reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies and science, and the program is designed to meet state standards, according to Stack. Graduates of the program can earn a high school diploma, he added.
To enroll or for more information, visit towpathtrailhigh.org.
— Maria Lindsay contributed to this report.
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