Lawrence Twp. Schools look to improve graduation rate

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – About 130 Lawrence Township students will begin a new school year Wednesday in a brand new program aimed at improving the district’s graduation rate.

Lawrence Advance Academy will be housed at the Lawrence Education and Community Center, formerly Craig Middle School.

The program provides juniors and seniors who are behind in their credits the opportunity to make it up in a more individualized setting and maybe even graduate earlier than they anticipated, said principal Ronald Davie.

“Parents are thanking me. one guy wanted to hug me because he said this is a great opportunity for my son to get his education to finish his high school diploma. so it’s been a very positive experience for the community and the students and i think they’ll take advantage of it,” said Davie.

According to the district, the program is built around the premise that – in education – one size does not fit all.

Davie said the program will eventually host up to 180 students.

Before they’re admitted into the program, students and their parents have to take part in a mandatory conference with the principal.

“The School Board remains committed to helping every student with the desire to earn a high school diploma,” said board president Kathy Varie in a statement after members approved the program earlier this summer. “We know that without a high school diploma, a young person will have difficulty securing employment throughout his or her life and consequently will struggle to contribute positively to our community. The Lawrence Advance Academy is an investment in our youth and our Lawrence Township community.”

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