GOAL Academy eyes big day for 34 seniors

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG christy.armstrong@clevelandbanner.com
Posted 5/19/17

GOAL Academy, Bradley County School’s alternative school, is getting ready to graduate 34 students this weekend.

The school’s commencement is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. in the …

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GOAL Academy eyes big day for 34 seniors

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GOAL Academy, Bradley County School’s alternative school, is getting ready to graduate 34 students this weekend.

The school’s commencement is scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. in the “gymatorium” at Ocoee Middle School.

GOAL Academy is a school which enrolls two different types of students — those with behavioral issues and those who have, for whatever reason, fallen far behind in their work at their regular high schools.

The 34 graduating seniors have each worked hard to recover all their high school credits and earn their high school diplomas.

"A lot of these students have been through a lot to get to where they are today," Principal Kyle Page has said of the school’s graduates.

GOAL Academy does not choose a valedictorian or salutatorian. However, several of Saturday’s graduates will be recognized for completing the school’s honors program.

Nine students will graduate with Platinum Honors, the school’s highest honor level. Seven seniors will be graduating with Gold Honors.

The commencement will also feature four of the graduates sharing “statements of appreciation” to explain what GOAL Academy has meant to them.

Gary Peltier, business and work-based learning teacher at the school, said many of the shool’s Class of 2017 graduates have good reason to be thankful.

Several of the seniors this school year have taken part in a dual enrollment program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Athens, making progress toward professional certificates and college degrees.

This year, students have also been encouraged to take on part-time jobs to begin gaining practical work experience.

“Almost every graduate presently has a job,” Peltier said. “This class will probably be our largest class who will attend some type of post-high school training and education.” 

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