Reyes Guana is presenting on Agenda item 4.2, the Advance Path in SUSD program – which is a credit recovery program.
Amasia Dugar – Student spoke about her Advance Path experience after being a troubled student elsewhere. She graduated on time – actually 3 months early. Advanced Path helped her in life and school. She’s in a college course to become an ultrasound technician now.
Carlos Castellon – Another student spoke about attending the Chavez and Edison Advance Path programs. He said he was at Franklin when he heard about the program. He was lacking credits and had to make them up. He said he liked the school because it was four hours a day and he could get a job. He later went to Chavez after some other problems arose. Through the program, though, he graduated on time. “I really love this program,” he said.
Teachers JD Burrise and Tim Swartz also spoke.
Burrise said he’s enjoyed the job, and has been able to see for example a student who had hated math before wanted to discuss math problems.
Swartz said he thinks Chavez will have 50 graduates by the end of the summer. He said he strives to teach students why they are learning the things they are. In Advance Path, he said, students have a building block back toward life-long learning.
A couple admins also spoke about research and student “nurture.”