Options Magnet information sessions are this summer

From AAPSNews Service

Want to do high school differently? Students throughout Washtenaw County are invited to stop by the Community High School Media Center this month to talk to an Options Magnet adviser.

Two sessions have been scheduled to offer information about the Ann Arbor Public Schools Options Magnet, which offers students who live anywhere in Washtenaw County scheduling flexibility with a combination of online classes and individualized learning plans.

Two drop-in question-and-answer sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday, June 17 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Community High School Media Center.  Staff will be available to talk with parents and students and answer questions.

Community High School is located in downtown Ann Arbor at 401 N. Division St. in the Kerrytown area.

An additional Options information session has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, 1819 South Wagner Road, Ann Arbor.

Under the Options Magnet, students can take a majority of their classes in a non-traditional format and pursue classes they might not otherwise be able to take in a traditional setting, said program coordinator Susette Jaquette. Options also serves students who may have been home schooled and want to transition into a public school setting, she said.

The Ann Arbor Public Schools opened Options earlier this year to any student living in Washtenaw County.

In addition to online courses, students can select Community Resource classes, called CRs, Jaquette said. These courses are taught by a volunteer “expert” from the community either off-site or in the school and monitored by certified teaching staff, They can be as specialized as a student and parent want them to be and can be for one student or many.

A CR allows students to explore career options, an opportunity to do community service or a way to accommodate a learning style preference.

For more information, attend one of the sessions at Community High School or contact Jaquette at jaquette@aaps.k12.mi.us or call  734-994-2026. General information about both the Options Magnet and Community Resource classes can be found online, then clicking on the appropriate submenu on the left.

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