Our Newest District Partner: Sioux Falls School District

Date: January 18, 2011

We can’t wait to help more students graduate in Sioux Falls, S.D!

From the Sioux Falls Argus Leader:

Sioux Falls will open a second alternative high school this fall, seeking to prevent its most at-risk students from dropping out. The school board agreed Monday to a one-year contract with the Nashville, Tenn., company Ombudsman to run the 66-student school.

Assistant superintendent Fred Aderhold said about 200 Sioux Falls students drop out at age 18 each year. The new venture will be a school of last resort, offering individualized learning plans, daily counseling and a teacher for every 10 students.

“We want all kids to have a high school diploma when they leave the district,” Aderhold said.

Ombudsman has schools in more than 120 districts in 18 states. One of those, Aurora Public Schools in Colorado, has seen enrollment in its Rebound program grow from just less than 100 former dropouts and expelled students in fall 2008 to almost 300 today. Aurora Deputy Superintendent Tony Van Gytenbeek said he likes the program’s student assessments and personalized plans.

Read the full article on the Argus Leader website here.

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