SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A new high school that takes a non-traditional approach to learning is opening in Salt Lake City at the end of the month.
On Monday, teachers moved in.
"In SLC School District, we pride ourselves on looking at student data to tell us who's learning and who isn't," said the Principal of Innovations High School, Kenneth Grover.
At Innovations, students pick a personalized education plan to reach their goals at their own pace. They are required to attend school each day for four hours between 7 am and 5 pm. This schedule allows them to educate around a work schedule, or even to graduate early.
"The teacher has more one on one time with me and can help me whenever I'm frustrated or need help," said student Rebekkah Hamilton.
Another aspect of the system is the individualized programs and attention, whether in email or face-to-face discussions. Students who excel in algebra can breeze through, and then get the extra help they may need in biology or chemistry.
"The teachers will be there to assist the student," said Jan Hedberg, a counselor at Innovations, "but basically it's the student who will determine how fast or how slow they will go."
There is online learning, learning labs, and deeper learning based curriculum with the goal that each student leaves prepared for higher education or with a professional certificate as soon as they graduate.
"For us it's very exciting because we think we've come upon something special," said Grover. "We think it's going to be something special...something powerful."
For more information, visit the website for Innovations High School here