DRIVEN students are required to develop a digital portfolio that will culminate in a senior capstone presentation to a panel of business partners, higher education leaders and faculty members. Evidence in the portfolio will include high school courses taken, internships, projects, research, job shadowing, etc. The ultimate goal of the capstone is to build the marketability of each student for gainful employment in Arkansas and beyond.
What if DRIVEN does not work for my student?
Mentors meet weekly with students to ensure they are on target with weekly goals, courses and credits. If a mentor has concerns about a student’s pacing or performance, he/she will meet with the student, the parent and the building administrator. Lack of progress during the first nine weeks results in the student being placed on a watch list, which will result in more frequent meetings. Failure to acquire the expected 3.5 credits by the end of the semester will result in the student being transitioned to a regular schedule. Upon advisement from teacher-mentors and counselors, students are permitted to move back into the non-blended, regular schedule at the end of each school year.
What if my student wants to take AP classes?
All students may apply for SOO blended classes; however AP courses are not offered in a blended format. Blended courses do not carry weighted credit.
Who is a good candidate for DRIVEN?
The School of Opportunity is an exceptional opportunity for students who thrive in a blended learning environment. Students in this environment have to be willing to assume ownership and control of their education. They must be willing to work with teacher-mentors and demonstrate the self-discipline needed to take full advantage of the flexibility offered to them.