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Reengaging students: A new school opens its doors

 

"The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."
– Thomas Edison

Tacoma Public Schools just opened the doors to its newest school, the Reengagement Center. The center provides a unique, personalized educational experience, which helps students reengage and rediscover their educational path to graduation.

One of Tacoma Public Schools’ top goals is to increase the graduation rate. To support that goal, the district invested $455,000 to create the Reengagement Center.

The center targets dropouts and students who fell off their graduation path. The Reengagement Center offers custom-designed programs of online and in-class sessions to help students get back on track to graduate from high school.

In addition, the center will offer some students the opportunity to earn their GED (high school equivalency) through a partnership with Goodwill or, through a partnership with Tacoma Community College, work on their associate degree and high school diploma at the same time.

In its first two days of operation, the center had enrolled more than 70 students. Greg Eisnaugle, Reengagement Center principal, expects the center to grow rapidly. Eisnaugle said his staff is preparing to enroll more than a dozen new students a week. 

The Reengagement Center team works with students to create an “Individualized Learning Plan,” which allows students to work at their own pace in a blended learning model of computer-driven curriculum with support from certificated teachers.

The Reengagement Center also supports students beyond the classroom. Community partners will provide services such as: housing, career counseling, job internships, anger management and mental health counseling.

"Our job is to remove barriers," Eisnaugle said. "We're dedicated to helping every student succeed every day."