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What if…we designed high school around students’ needs?

What if …

  • Flexible schedules were offered to accommodate working students and to acknowledge brain research that says that teenage brains are wired for late nights and late mornings?
  • Students could test out or graduate early instead of sitting in class bored?
  • Students could earn credit simultaneously in more than one content area through real world projects and problems that they select based on their interests?
  • Students could earn credit for learning experiences that included post-secondary, internships, educational travel, on-line learning and community/social service?
  • Learning experiences nurtured students’ skills in understanding their own strengths, their local and global communities, and their goals and aspirations?

How would this impact overall achievement in our schools?

(from: Flex Credit Report, State of Ohio, 2009)