Second chances: Alternative academies becoming the norm


Cory Turner will graduate from the Indian Creek Learning Center. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

Brandon Wethington, 20, will graduate from the Clark-Pleasant Academy. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

Local teachers and counselors regularly look for students who want to finish high school on time but can’t because they’ve been sick, work full or nearly full time or face other challenges that stop them from spending seven hours in class five days a week.

For those students, an alternative to the traditional high school schedule is a necessity in order to graduate.

About a decade ago, when school districts including Center Grove and Clark-Pleasant opened alternative academies, they were intended for students who were failing their classes and were in danger of dropping out of high school.

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