Warren County Public Schools is pleased to announce that Jackson Academy has been recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) as an Alternative Program of Distinction. In an effort to recognize the work of educators and programs that serve students with a variety of learning needs, WCPS’ Jackson Academy was chosen by KDE as one of eleven programs to receive the honor and they will be recognized at the Kentucky Board of Education’s regular meeting in June.
An alternative education program is designed to meet the needs of students who need alternative learning options in a unique setting. These programs can be alternative classrooms, centers or campuses that are designed to remediate academic performance, improve behavior or provide enhanced learning experiences. Alternative education programs do not include career or technical centers or departments.
“One of the top priorities of Warren County Public Schools has been an unwavering commitment to ensuring student achievement and opportunities for all students,” stated Superintendent Rob Clayton. “Jackson Academy is simply one of the numerous unique learning opportunities our Board supports for students who need an alternative structure to further their learning. Mr. Eric Wilson and his entire staff of Jackson Academy are truly committed to ensuring we provide our students with the individual support necessary to ensure their academic, social, and emotional needs are met. They are making a life-long impact on every child who walks through the doors, and I am incredibly proud of the program of distinction recognition because it reflects our passion for all students.”
Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown said alternative programs are an essential educational option for Kentucky’s students. “Alternative programs are vital to the future of the children of the Commonwealth,” said Brown. “We can’t reach every child in a traditional classroom setting. We have to work with our students to find what works best for them and put them in the best possible situation to succeed.”
KDE began highlighting exemplary practices in public school alternative programs in 2009. Each program selected as an Alternative Program of Distinction receives a monetary award from the Kentucky Department of Education for instructional support. Information on the schools also will be posted on the KDE website which enables other schools to use these programs as models for emulation.