LEXINGTON, S.C., Nov. 4, 2021 — Lexington County School District One recently launched a program in partnership with Graduation Alliance, which provides students with an alternative pathway to a high school diploma. High school graduation can be an elusive goal for some students, and the pandemic has made things even more difficult. This innovative program provides students who cannot continue with traditional high school a new way to complete their diploma online on a schedule that works for their own particular situation.
“Lexington District One’s partnership with Graduation Alliance will help us open doors for students whose circumstances have limited their progress toward earning a high school diploma,” said Dr. Luke Clamp, Secondary Schools Director for Lexington County School District One. “Graduation Alliance offers services that allow students to get back on track to graduation. We see that as a win-win-win for the student, the school system, and the community.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 400,000 South Carolina adults do not have a high school diploma or a credential. In 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics stated, “High school graduates make an average of $9,200 more per year than people without a diploma.” This program brings educational and economic opportunity to at-risk students in South Carolina. Funded through the state, there is no cost to students or school districts.
In addition to online, anytime curriculum, students in this program receive 360 degrees of additional support to help ensure success in the program. They are paired with a dedicated Academic Coach to monitor pace and progress, a Local Advocate to help navigate obstacles and well-being, as well as access to 24/7 tutoring resources.
Lexington County School District One, is one of the fastest–growing school districts in the state and is the first district in South Carolina to implement this program with Graduation Alliance.