Ombudsman Student Profile: Kenan Hrvo (Downers Grove, Ill.)
Kenan is a junior from District 87.
OES: You’ve been here about a month. How are things going?
KH: Good. At first I didn’t think three hours was going to be enough time to get my work done. But I’m doing fine. I get to work at my own pace and I don’t worry about a test on Friday.
OES: Instead of a test on Friday, you have a test after every lesson. You seem to like the system.
KH: The Friday tests were stressful. Now I take a test when I’m ready.
OES: Can you explain why it is less stressful?
KH: I can spend as much time as I need in the lesson before I take the practice test. I don’t have to take the mastery until I feel ready.
OES: Are there other aspects of the program you like?
KH: I like the quiet. In a normal class there are always people talking. I like the silence.
OES: How are the classes compared to what you were taking at the district?
KH: They seem pretty much the same. The algebra here is different, harder, but now I get it. English is the same.
OES: Do you have a favorite subject?
OES: Any particular type of history?
KH: I like learning about World War II.
OES: If you were asked to explain our program to someone who didn’t know anything about it, what would you say?
KH: I’d say it’s different here but after a while you get used to it and you might not want to leave. I know I got myself back on track to go back to my district.
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