Ombudsman Educational Services Partners with Grand Island Public Schools

Date: May 24, 2010

Grand Island Public Schools will partner with Ombudsman Educational Services to help reduce high school dropouts and improve the high school graduation rate.

Beginning in August, Ombudsman will provide alternative education programming to 60 middle and high school students during two daily sessions at one central location. Students will attend the four-hour session that meets their scheduling needs, freeing them to work or care for their families.

Ombudsman students will follow a customized academic plan created to meet their specific academic needs, giving them greater accountability for their learning. They will complete most coursework in a technology-rich environment, which allows them to receive immediate feedback and helps them become more familiar with tools they will use in college, trade or vocational school or the workplace. Students will also participate in teacher-led extended learning activities and small group instruction to help them apply knowledge and enhance their social skills.

“We are very excited to embark on this relationship designed to help students become more successful,” Steve Joel, Grand Island Public Schools Superintendent said. “All of our research points to a program that is designed to help students attain a high school diploma in an environment that stresses individual instruction, personal accountability and results.”

“Ombudsman partners with school districts to provide students an alternate route to a high school diploma,” Mark Claypool, Ombudsman president and CEO, said. “Students receive one-on-one instruction from caring teachers who guide and encourage them to make positive choices about their education. Ombudsman helps students recognize their ability to learn and celebrate their successes so they can achieve their academic and career goals.”


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