Students at the Teen Learning Center showed their committment to graduating by earning a collective 240 course credits through the online program, Grade Results.
Thomas Trenkler of Grade Results showed his appreciation for their hardwork by providing a pizza party.
“We have been bragging on you guys all over the Cleveland City school system. Your name is out there and they know what you are doing,” said Barbra Ector, principal, to assembled students. “The reason Mr. Trenkler has come is because he wanted to meet you guys.”
Grade Results is an online program developed to aid in credit recovery, acceleration, and remediation to a variety of educational institutions. Comprehensive courses are provided for the core classes of math, science, english, history and geography. Several electives may also be studied online.
TLC students primarily use the program for credit recovery. Kimberly Lockhart, TLC special services, said this year has shown a shift in student population. There are less students entering due to behavioral problems. A majority of the students are now at the center for credit recovery.
The program has been a success at TLC.
“Our kids are earning credits they did not have the opportunity to earn before. Due to the limited staff, we could only teach the core credits,” Lockhart said.
Most students become hooked to the program after their first earned credit, said Lockhart.
“Kids are catching up and they realize after they get the first credit they can do this. They get excited and it picks up after that,” Lockhart said.
New students at the TLC sit down with Blair Deacon when they first arrive. As counselor she goes over their transcripts and they discuss which credits the student needs. A course plan is drawn up according to the needed credits.
Online courses can be accessed by any computer with an internet connection. Students can finish the courses in their own time. Lockhart and Deacon admit to having to use “tough love” on some of the students. They offer daily encouragement to push their students to success.
Success through Grade Results has given many students a renewed sense of confidence.
“A lot of them have not been successful in a regular class. Grade Results has an online tutor they can access or they can use the teacher in their classroom,” Lockhart said. “When we first started they did not like the idea of remaining in the lab all day. The majority of them have thrived.”
Students focus on one course at a time. Upon completion the student is rewarded before they move on to another subject. According to Deacon, TLC administrators found it was easier for students to concentrate on one subject at a time.
She is impressed with the change taking place in the students.
“A lot of our kids do not want to be praised. For a lot of them praise is an embarassment. With this program they have been realy proud and excited,” Deacon said.
Hope has become an option for both students and school administrators.
“A lot of students here have issues in their life so the consistency of their education has not been there. When you have a 17 year old with five credits what do you do? Do you decide the student is a lost cause or do you find some way of helping the kid achieve,” Deacon asked. “That is really what the program has provided. A way for students to get back on target.”
Ector announced three students would be graduating with many more ready to move back into mainstream education.
“We have had some ups and some downs, some highs and some lows, but overall I feel like a mother hen,” Ector said. “I am very proud of my chicks. I thank you [students] for all you have done.”