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District offers school at night
Program lets students catch up, get ahead
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Forsyth County News

What’s next for the Forsyth Academy

Academy at Night summer program will include courses in English, math, science and social studies.
• When: 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday from June 8-July 23
• Where: Forsyth Academy on Lanier Technical College Forsyth campus
• Open to: Forsyth County Schools’ students 16 and older
• Sign-ups: A registration form must be completed by the student, student’s counselor, assistant principal or graduation coach and a parent. The form should be turned in between 5 and 6 p.m. the week of May 11-14 at Forsyth Academy.
• Cost: $250 per course
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At Forsyth Academy class is in session day and night.

The Forsyth County school system launched its Academy at Night program this winter in an effort to provide students with the chance to catch up or get ahead.

Lissa Pijanowski, associate superintendent, said there are about 75 students enrolled in the program, registered for about 95 credits.

“We started this in February, so we’re really thrilled with the response so far,” she said. “It was a recommendation from our high school improvement work that we offer an evening school for our kids.”

She said the program’s students go to school during the day and take an additional one or two classes at night.

Brad Smith, Forsyth Academy principal, said the program was originally offered only to seniors but was later opened up to juniors and sophomores.

“It’s a great opportunity for kids who want to stay in traditional schools but have gotten behind or kids who want to graduate early,” he said.

In the classrooms, students work at their own pace on computers, with teachers available to help.

Pijanowski explained that school system leaders researched night school programs in other districts to get a better idea of how to develop one locally.

“We looked at several different programs and schools in particular,” she said. “We looked at their policies, what courses they offered and how much they charge.”

The program costs $100 per class and lasts 12 weeks.

English and social studies are offered on Mondays and Wednesday and students can take math and science on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Sessions last from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Pijanowski and Smith said the district plans to offer the program this summer as well.

“If a child wanted to take a recovery class in the morning in our regular summer school and then come and take another class in the evening, they could,” Pijanowski said. “There’s nothing that precludes them from doing that.”

She said the summer session, which will last six weeks, offers the opportunity for students who work during the day to take a class at night.

“It’s a mastery-based program, so as students actually master the program, especially if they’re in a recovery class, as they master the standards, they’re able to earn that credit and move on,” she said.

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