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EOC History and Overview

     In the fall of 1990, the doors opened for the first time at the Educational Opportunity Center. This educational program came about because of a corporate vision, which saw a need to serve the “at risk” high school age students in school districts serving Steuben County who currently were not being served and who were in need of specialized programming.

     A board made up of the three schools’ Superintendents and the Steuben County Circuit Court Judge governs the Educational Opportunity Center. The E.O.C. began in 1990 serving approximately 40 students from the attendance areas of Angola High School, Fremont High School, Hamilton High School and Prairie Heights High School. Prairie Heights is no longer with us due to budget issues.

     The Educational Opportunity Center is an alternative high school for non-traditional high school students. The E.O.C. works in conjunction with the Steuben County Circuit Court, Probation, Welfare, Treatment centers, WIC, the Northeastern Center, as well as other agencies that deal with teen problems and addictions.

     The Educational Opportunity Center provides students with a holistic approach to education. Students study one academic classe at a time for 4 1/2  weeks. Students are in a learning lab environment. The E.O.C. uses the Edgenuity on line curriculum. Students work independently with help from their teachers to earn the credits required for graduation. Edgenuity courses are alligned with Indiana State Standards.

     Students are provided a diverse schedule of activities to promote change in learned behaviors in conjunction with their academic schedule. Speakers from the community share their expertise with the students. Students with dependent children are provided with assistance in caring for their children while attending academic classes and group and individual counseling. 

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Curriculum

The Educational Opportunity Center provides students with a holistic approach to education. Students must be referred by one of the participating schools. Students who are referred go through an intake process that includes an intensive interview, a general information packet, and an Individual Service Plan (ISP) .Students must be interviewed and accepted by Student Council before they are allowed to enroll.  Students are then scheduled for academic classes and, depending upon the individual and the type of referral, may be required to attend counseling through a local provider.

Students study one academic class at a time for four and a half weeks or 67 1/2 hours of seat time. Students are in a learning center and use the Edgenuity on line curriculum. This is an internet based program so students can work at home as well as in the class room and earn credits at their own pace. 

Most of the E.O.C. students are employed in various jobs and receive credit for their work experience. All job sites are monitored by an I.C.E. Program Coordinator. Students are evaluated on their job performance, and the evaluations are used to modify behaviors that have made them unsuccessful in their past work experience.

Students also work on developing long-term and short-term goals. They learn job searching skills, how to write a letter of introduction, how to make a résumé, how to interview for a job, and most important, how to keep a job.

Students with dependent children bring their children to school with them. We all help with their care. Diane Shappell teaches a class on "teachable moments" to help our young parents improve their parenting skills. All mothers in attendance when the class is offered are required to attend. In the past, we have had mothers that have graduated before the class was offered come back to attend this class.

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Assessment

Edgenuity provides assessment for each content area. Progress reports are e-mailed to parents weekly. Students must pass the ECA's as required for graduation by the Indiana Department of Education.

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Statistics

The follow-up statistics generated through the years demonstrate that the EOC is a successful program that has made an impact on the community it serves. The program continues to grow and improve to meet the changing needs of the students.

The Educational Opportunity Center has been in operation since the fall of 1990. The school is staffed by seasoned professionals with many years of experience in alternative learning center environments. The program has grown and evolved over the years to better meet the needs of alternative students.

The program incorporates many facets to provide each individual student with a plan to help them succeed in their future endeavors. The program boasts an 80% success rate for students achieving a high school diploma or GED. Seventy-five percent of the students polled after graduation have followed their Individual Service Plan.

The EOC has been used as a model for many new alternative programs throughout the state of Indiana. The school has been published in National school magazines, and we have received telephone calls to inquire about our curriculum from as far as Nevada, South Dakota, and even Washington.

The EOC has received the State of Indiana Department of Education Exemplary Award twice.. Our goal is and always will be Excellence in Education.

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Academics

Students work to earn a high school diploma at the Educational Opportunity Center. Students must complete all academic courses required by their home school to earn a diploma. The school that referred the student awards their diploma. Students may choose to participate in the graduation ceremony at their home school if they were not referred to the E.O.C. for behavioral problems and were not expelled from their home high school. Students who are not permitted to attend the graduation ceremonies may pick up their diplomas in their home school office the week following the ceremonies.

Eight semesters of attendance in grades 9-12 are generally required to complete the total credits required for graduation. Some students may accelerate their program and meet all the requirements before their normal graduation date.
Students are given a schedule that shows all classes they must complete for graduation. (Individual Service Plan). Students work on one class at a time. It usually takes 4 weeks attending half day sessions to complete one class. The average EOC student usually earns 14 to 16 credits per year.
 
Graduation Requirements
***Angola and Fremont students can earn a Core 40 diploma or a Regular Diploma Hamilton student MUST earn a Core 40 diploma

Angola
Regular Diploma
A. Minimum number of credits – 42
B. Required courses
    1. Language Arts - 8 credits
    2. Social Studies - 4 credits: 2 U.S. History,
        1 Economics, 1 Amercian Government
    3. Mathematics - 4 credits
    4. Science - 4 credits
    5. Health and Safety - 1 credit
    6. Physical Education - 2 credits
Fremont
Regular Diploma
A. Minimum number of credits – 40
B. Required courses
    1. Language Arts - 8 credits
    2. Social Studies - 4 credits: 2-U.S. History,
        1 Economics, 1 American Government
    3. Mathematics - 4 credits
    4. Science - 4 credits
    5. Health and Safety - 1 credit
    6. Physical Education - 2 credits
    7. Speech - 1 credit
 
Hamilton
Core 40 diploma only
A. Minimum number of credits – 42
B. Required courses
    1. Language Arts - 8 credits
    2. Social Studies -6 credits - World History, 2-U.S. History, 1 Economics, 1 Amercian Government
    3. Mathematics - 6 credits
    4. Science - 6 credits
    5. Health and Safety - 1 credit
    6. Physical Education - 2 credits
  

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