Innovation Diploma Plus
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Alternative school for older students
Students face enormous challenges
A small school devoted to second chances, Innovation Diploma Plus is designed for students aged 16 to 20 who have been unsuccessful in traditional high schools.
The school has three trimesters a year, instead of two semesters. That means students can earn up to 18 credits a year instead of the usual 10 or 12, allowing them to catch up on their school work and graduate before they turn 21 and are no longer eligible for high school.
Innovation Diploma Plus offers paid internships through the Learning to Work program.
In addition to regular academic classes, some students produce videos, such as this one about gentrification and aggressive policing.
Founded in 2009, Innovation shares the Louis K. Brandeis campus with several other small schools. [photo by Lydie Raschka]
Admissions: Innovation Diploma Plus has a rolling admissions, that is, it admits students throughout the year. Applicants must have attended another high school for at least one year, have passed at least one Regents exam and have minimum of 10 credits. Students must be interviewed. See the school’s website http://www.innovationdp.org or call for more information. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, May 2018)