Innovations Academy, located at Lathrop High School, is just starting year two of the program.
Innovations Academy was created to provide students a different pathway to completing their graduation requirements. Our goal is to meet the educational needs and unique learning styles of our students and to reengage students in a personalized approach to learning.
Innovations focuses on allowing students to choose their own time, path, pace, and place for learning. Classes are designed using a blended learning-flex model. This is a mix of digital courses, small group work, and individualized instruction. Students complete courses at their own pace. Upon completing a course, a student is able to immediately enroll in the next course needed.
For the 2018-2019 school year, Innovations students will have a variety of options for school hours. It is expected that students attend Innovations classes for at least 5 hours each day. Hours available will be:
Mondays: 7:45am - 2:15pm
Tuesday - Friday: 7:45am - 4:45pm
Each student is assigned a mentor teacher at Innovations Academy. Students are required to meet with their mentor teacher weekly. Mentor teachers work with students on setting daily and weekly goals and working through barriers to learning. Mentor teachers communicate regularly with parents/guardians.
In order to maintain good standing at Innovations Academy, students must be making progress in their classes. Most students will be scheduled four core classes at a time. Interventions have been put in place to help students who fall behind.
What does a typical student's day look like at Innovations?
Each student has the opportunity to create their own schedule each day based on their individual goals. When students arrive at school they sign themselves in on the attendance tracker and go immediately to one of their four Innovations classes. Students work independently or in small groups on online or print content. Class meetings or activities that involve a lesson, discussion, or project are made available to students. Students move from class to class according to the schedule and priorities they have set for themselves that day. Teachers can be seen working with students individually or in small groups, teaching a lesson, leading a discussion, or meeting with a mentee. Students may give themselves short breaks but are expected to remain quiet in the hallway and to soon return to work without disrupting other students. Before students leave for the day they sign themselves out on the attendance tracker.
Check out this video highlighting some 2018 Innovations Graduates! Innovations Video
Innovations caps their enrollment at 80 students each year. It is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. If interested, complete the application and a school administrator will be in touch with you to set up an entrance interview. Application can be found here: Innovations Academy Application
Questions? Call Lathrop and speak with a counselor or Asst. Principal Kang.