SAISD credit recovery program opens third satellite

SAISD credit recovery program opens third satellite to help dropouts graduate

Persons between the ages of 17 and 25 who left high school now can return to Sam Houston High School to earn their diplomas in a flexible setting thanks to the expansion of a San Antonio Independent School District credit recovery program that has helped more than 400 students return to school and graduate.

Sam Houston High School is actively recruiting students to attend the third satellite program of the Cooper Academy credit recovery program, which launched in fall 2008. Though the new satellite program is housed at Sam Houston, it is run independently of the traditional high school program there.

Those interested in enrolling in the Sam Houston satellite or any of the other two satellite programs – there is one at Highlands High School and another across the street from Jefferson High School – should visit the main Cooper Academy campus, located at 1700 Tampico St., to register between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The credit recovery program is free of cost to students and serves those who meet the age criteria and who have a minimum of 5.5 high school credits. Among students who graduate from the program are those who may have dropped out of high school because they did not pass the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.

What makes the program attractive to students is the flexibility it provides, with students setting their own class schedules between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Since Cooper Academy opened, it has helped more than 420 former dropouts earn their high school diplomas. Students receive one-on-one counseling and develop plans to earn the credits they need for graduation. A teacher is assigned to each core class (English, math, science and reading) to assist students with their studies and coursework is completed via computer.

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