WALTON — Southeastern School Corp. is starting up an alternative program for junior and senior high students who need extra guidance to make it through school.
“We’ve got a lot of kids that maybe the traditional classroom setting is not what they really thrive in,” said Southeastern Superintendent Trudie Hedrick. “They may need a little more one-on-one, they may need an alternate way of how they are presented with the information.”
Nancy Franklin, assistant principal at Lewis Cass Jr-Sr. High, is the director of the alternative program, which has two separate ways of reaching students.
One is through the King’s Academy, which will provide online, small group and one-on-one education for students. Franklin said it’s for kids who need more than just credit recovery for a class.
The academy will have two teachers, an aide and a case worker for the students. It’ll be run out of the old kindergarten center on campus, next to Thompson Elementary.
The alternative program will also be designed for students in the high school who need credit recovery and any remediation for classes. Franklin said this helps “super seniors” out the most — students who’ve wrapped up four years in high school but need just a couple of classes to graduate. Those students won’t meet in the academy.
“Our priority is to always get our seniors moved on and graduated,” Franklin said.
Hedrick said the district started sending some kids to the Crossing Educational Center in Kokomo last August, but she said they were limited on how many students they could send there. Hedrick said they wanted to create an in-house alternative program instead.
“We felt like it was a need for our kids,” Hedrick said. “And so we wanted to develop something to service that need.”