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Four students from the Outreach School in Stettler will earn their Alberta High School Diplomas at the end of this month.
“It is the only measure of success for us,” said principal Roe Desrosiers.
Along with the four graduating, the school is also celebrating six students who have already graduated, but are upgrading certain courses. Overall it was a successful year, says Desrosiers.
“What can I say? It’s great, we have a new building, we have been working diligently to upgrade and the kids have been fantastic this year,” said Desrosiers.
The switch to the new building and the school’s dedication to improving programs has had a significant impact on the performance from the students of the school, according to Desrosiers.
“It’s fantastic, they feel like they’ve been re-invested in,” said Desrosiers.
“They also love the fact that they and their predecessors have been involved in creating not just a viable, but a thriving school.”
The new building, is leased by the Outreach School and is on its way to being state of the art with new technology.
That technology, which the school is planning to implement in September, is a new focus on online learning to help students who work, either full-time or part time, to gain the credit they need, while working.
“It really reflects in a concrete manner, pun intended, the way that Clearview in Stettler and the community view all students and all youth here,” said Desrosiers. “The fact that in this day and age when the provincial government is hacking and slashing, that priorities are clear, students come first and that shows that this is a community venture.”
Included in the school’s dedication to the students is the addition of a new staff member for 2011, bringing the total to six.
“The reason behind it is that we are growing in a new direction with the online factor. The great part is as we’ve grown and expanded every year, we’ve managed to not just go with the flow, but we have thrived and I think that says a lot,” said Desrosiers.