Tapestry House
appen grocery
Northside Oral Surgery
appen dec 2010

Students get 'on pointe' in accelerated learning


Older, lagging students given chance to graduate on time



kiwanis_1_w
Thirty students at Elkins Pointe Middle School have completed a full year's worth of schooling in one semester in a special pilot program. They celebrated Jan. 17 along with their teachers with a graduation ceremony and lunch courtesy of the Historic Roswell Kiwanis Club and Red Lobster. JONATHAN COPSEY/Staff. (click for larger version)
January 21, 2014
ROSWELL, Ga. – When a student moves in from out-of-state or out-of-country, or has family problems causing them to fall behind in their classwork, what are they to do? The answer may soon be available for all Fulton schools if the teachers at Elkins Pointe Middle School have anything to say about it.

Called "On Pointe," the program is accelerated learning, where students get a year's worth of classes in 18 weeks – one semester. The goal is to get them back "on point" by the time they are sophomores in high school.

"If they had continued on their normal path, they would have turned 16 in their freshman year of high school," said Melinda Springman, principal of Elkins Pointe. "With this program, they should be able to graduate high school in three years."

The middle school students will continue the program into high school, where their first year will be tailored to get them back up to speed and graduate by the time they are 18.

"This is a really exciting opportunity for these kids to get back on point for high school," Springman said.

Thirty students are in the county's pilot program at Elkins Pointe, with many getting straight A's in their first semester.

The Historic Roswell Kiwanis Club adopted the students in the program to give them a graduation ceremony Jan. 17 after they finished their first "year" in the program.

"I saw the classes, and I was astounded," said Ron Jackson, with the Historic Roswell Kiwanis Club. "This is quite an accomplishment. We're pleased to have adopted the class."

For the students, many of them have excelled in the program, despite difficulties of the workload.

"This teaches us that I can do anything I set my mind to," said Octavius Johnson, one of the students. "In one semester, I did exactly that."

The results have not been lost on administrators.

"These students are setting an example for the rest of the schools in the system," said Scott Muri, deputy superintendent of learning for Fulton Schools. "This is a big deal."

list visuals View images.
Editor, Milton Herald
printPrint
emailEmail Link
CommentFeedback
shareShare
READER COMMENTS Submission
When posting feedback please be respectful. Be nice. :
* required value
Your Name*

Town*

Email (not shown on website)*

Subject*

Comment*

Verification*
Identify the animal




Atlas Pools
Coldwell Banker
RECENT CLASSIFIEDS
Free to good home

5 parakeets and cage free

April 15, 2014 | 01:37 PM
Five parakeets and cage »
Part-time

Nightly Cleaners

April 15, 2014 | 11:41 AM
Our company is seeking dependable, »
Garage Sale

HUGE NEIGHBORHOOD SALE in Seven Oaks!

April 14, 2014 | 05:30 PM
Johns Creek-Seven Oaks, HUGE »

Title Club
appen dec 2010 Duplicate