This month, more than two dozen students graduated from high school. Theirs wasn’t the traditional, pomp-and-circumstance ceremony, but their road to graduation wasn’t a traditional one, either.
The students were completing their high school educations through alternative programs offered by the county’s school districts.
Their grit is admirable.
While just finishing their coursework is reason enough to celebrate, many of these students accomplished this while holding down a job or raising a family.
Others found they couldn’t concentrate in a traditional classroom or felt unable to ask for the kind of help they needed to complete assignments and learn lessons.
In one case recently profiled in the Daily Journal, a teenager said that when she had trouble understanding a lesson or completing an assignment she didn’t know whom to turn to. Neither of her parents was a high school graduate.