Academic Services—Middle School, High School and Postsecondary

Academic Services works with middle and high schools to support academic achievement, high school graduation, college enrollment and college graduation. An initiative called Investing in Innovation (i3) encourages increased enrollment in Advanced Placement classes so students will be better prepared academically for college. The program provides teachers with Advanced Placement training and students with encouragement and support to complete the classes.

Through individual interventions as well as a Youth Working Group and collaboration with other Promise Neighborhood initiatives, this staff strives for these results:

  • Students are proficient in core academic subjects
  • Students successfully transition from middle school grades to high school
  • Youth graduate from high school
  • High school graduates obtain a postsecondary degree, certification or credential
  • Students are healthy
  • Students live in stable communities
  • Students have access to 21st century learning tools

Career Circus offers career exploration fun

“Vision without action is only a dream, but students have learned vision plus action equals success.”

Candice York, Promise Neighborhood Academic Specialist, said that with confidence after this summer’s Career Circus. York worked with Save the Children’s Jackson County Summer Boost program to connect the vision and action as students investigated what they might like to do with their futures.

Ambulance“Students have explored a vision of what they might enjoy doing when they grow up and discussed how they can add energy or take action to achieve that vision,” York says. They did this by participating in career-related activities, such as a visit with Jackson County service providers who represented several career clusters. A Volunteer Firefighter, Constable, County Police Officer, KY State Police Officer, PRTC representatives, Game Warden, and EMS converged on the vocational school parking lot one afternoon so the students could not only learn about the careers, but could also hear the sirens, climb aboard the ambulance, hold heavy work belts and test out the handcuffs. York then worked with small groups of students to talk about the Career Clusters from which they’ll be able to choose later in their school careers.

It’s never too early for these students to begin connecting the hard work they do in school with the job they dream of growing into.