Approaching the end of senior year doesn’t always mean a high school education is complete. This year, Valley, a local high school has received funding to allow seniors who lack enough credits to graduate a chance to receive a diploma. The fifth year senior program is a drop-out prevention approach that is gaining attention nationwide and is landing in public schools across the Las Vegas Valley.
Roger West, Assistant Principal of Valley High School Alexis Kelly, Fifth year senior Lorena Jarmillo, Fifth year senior Stephanie Hernandez, Fifth year senior
Desert Rose High School has been serving the over-age and under-credited HS drop-outs and adult population for well over 12 years. Desert Rose High School graduates between 350 to 400 adults and HS seniors every year. The school offers an efficient system of both academic and vocational instruction and is currently the only HS in the valley that offers an apprentice program in welding technology.
The 5th Year program is a step in the right direction to get those students who realize that they made bad choices, but can make-up their deficiencies with one more school year. But what about those 17 and 18 year old students who were pushed out of regular HS for truancy or other behaviorial issues?
That is where Desert Rose comes in. We are the last chance. As far as I know there are few schools of our kind in the nation that can offer a returning drop out an Adult HS diploma or a credit deficient HS Junior (17+) or Senior a chance to obtain a regular HS diploma quickly.
Nonetheless, Mr. West efforts would be fruitless without both parent and student motivation. Ruben O. Rodriguez, educator Desert Rose HS –Nov 30, 2012 19:33:57 PM
Yes lets make high school as easy as possible because honors and AP courses are not necessaryJames –Nov 28, 2012 18:36:15 PM