It is just two rooms, each containing 25 computers, and known as GOAL, the Gloucester Online Learning Academy. It is a small arrangement, yet one that produces big results.
GOAL is for high school students who, generally, are behind in the credits they need to graduate. Most of them are at risk of dropping out, or at least of not graduating on time.
“Our goal is to get them all back on track and back to high school. They have to have a desire to graduate,” said GOAL Director Wendy Wyatt.
Wyatt ran a similar, smaller scale program inside Gloucester High School that was also successful in helping students get their diplomas. But the move to Walker has improved on that success.
“More kids, since we moved here, want more. That shift in attitudes was phenomenal. Many of our students end up with more credits than they need, and some graduate even earlier than they are supposed to,” Wyatt said.
The program moved to the Walker Educat...
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