• We are now accepting applications for the 24-25 school year. All students interested should apply. Those currently in Innovations must re-apply every year. Innovations is a district-wide program. Any high school student in the district may apply.

    Click here to apply!

    Innovation Academy's Mission Statement:

    Innovation Academy was created to provide students with a different pathway to completing their graduation requirements. Our goal is to create a community that meets the educational needs and unique learning styles of our students and re-engages students through a personalized approach to learning.

    Innovations Handbook

    What the Academy offers to our students:

    • Small class sizes (20:1 student: teacher ratio)
    • Individualized Learning Plan for accelerated pacing in learning and the ability to set your own deadlines
    • Blended learning model (blend of online and face-to-face learning experiences)
    • Credit recovery options
    • Social/emotional support
    • Student choice in content delivery and assessment, when available
    • Individual, frequent meetings with a mentor for student reflection and goal-setting
    • Involvement in community-based projects, life skills lessons and wellness practice 

    Innovation Bell Schedule:

    For the entire school year, Innovation Academy will follow the same bell schedule as the rest of Lathrop High School. 

    Mentor Meetings:

    Each student is assigned a mentor teacher at Innovations Academy who they are required to meet with regularly. Mentor teachers work with students on setting daily and weekly goals and working through barriers to learning. Mentor teachers communicate regularly with parents/guardians.

    What to Expect:

    • Students will meet in their scheduled classes throughout the week. Students must follow their set schedule.
    • Focus of course content will be on competency: students work independently and are expected to complete 6 or more classes each semester. Students must make steady progress to remain in the program.
    • A variety of learning methods will be used including digital coursework, small group work, team work, and individualized instruction.
    • There is no daily homework (students can take work home if they wish to work at a faster pace).
    • No zeroes are entered in the gradebook.
    • Assignments and attendance will be entered in Powerschool so that students and families can be continually informed of progress.
    • Students have the opportunity to complete classes at an accelerated pace by working diligently and demonstrating mastery of key course competencies.
    • Each student is assigned a mentor teacher. At bi-weekly mentor meetings, mentors help students set learning goals and reflect on course progress.
    • There are limited elective options available through Innovations. There is an opportunity for accessing Lathrop or eLearning electives on a case by case basis.
    • All students will be assigned a Chromebook to use for online portions of instruction.
    • Cell phones are a proven distraction in classrooms. Students are expected to follow cell phone policies in each Innovations classroom.
    • Final grades are earned at the completion of a course and entered into PowerSchool.


    How do I get into the program?

    Innovations cap their enrollment at 80 students each year. Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores will be considered first for the program. We generally do not start Freshmen in Innovations but realize there are unique circumstances.

    Click here to apply

    Questions? Call Lathrop and speak with a counselor, Principal Hecht, or Asst. Principal Dennehy Eberhardt.



Last Modified on March 27, 2024