Thursday, February 28, 2013

School of Innovation concept not dead yet

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Wasson student on football field
  • Student Aaron Shoemaker loved Wasson's School of Innovation program.
In 2010, Wasson High School became the only Colorado Springs school with a special state designation giving it many of the freedoms of a charter school.

But since the District 11 Board of Education decided that it will close Wasson at the end of the year, the School of Innovation concept looked like it would be short-lived in the Springs.

Now, it seems that may not be the case after all. Earlier this month, the Falcon School District 49 Board of Education unanimously approved a plan to make Sand Creek High School a School of Innovation. The plan will now move on to the Colorado Board of Education for final approval.

According to a press release, Sand Creek students will have the opportunity to participate in specialized programs, or “pathways,” if the plan is approved. For instance, “A media and communications pathway will focus on developing career-ready skills in the tech, graphic design and marketing industries and will include dual credit options with area universities,” it stated. Other pathways include one for visual and performing arts, and another for engineering and technology.

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