STUART – When students and faculty return to school at the Clark Advanced Learning Center (Clark) on August 13, they have good reason to be excited.
Clark, a public charter high school on the Chastain Campus of Indian River State College and partner of the Martin County School District, received an “A” grade from the Florida Department of Education, an honor he earned for 10 consecutive years.
The ranking, based on published school grades, means Clark is among the top 20 high schools in the state and the top performing high school on the Treasure Coast, scoring 86% of the points available under the Florida Department. of Education High School Grades Model.
The announcement comes after Clark was named to America’s News and World Report list of top high schools in America and just before the high school opens for its 15th year of service to Martin County students and their families.
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âAt Indian River State College, student success is the # 1 priority. This commitment extends to students attending the Clark Advanced Learning Center. The outstanding student performance is the result of exceptional teaching, a supportive learning environment and the perseverance of our students who are intensely focused on their academic goals, âsaid Debra Kohuth, Chief Executive Officer of Clark.
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Founded in 2004, Clark opened with 191 high school students from grades 11 to 12.
The school was expanded in 2008 to include 10th grade students, with enrollments exceeding 200.
Clark begins the 2018-19 academic year on Monday August 13 with 250 students.
Clark’s initial concepts were modeled on the new âtech readinessâ initiative, as well as the desire to connect technology to the way students learn.
Other fundamental ideas continue today, including the inculcation of good character, employability skills and the development of soft skills that students need in the work environment.
Of particular note is the course on Personal and Professional Development (SLS 1421).
Created in collaboration with CIHR and community business partners, this course is articulated with an internship and gives students college credit as they invest 60 hours of hands-on training at a local company exploring a career in which they have a genuine interest.
The unique high school design is also key to the Clark concept.
Classrooms are built around a central area called the Knowledge Room. Each classroom opens into this multi-purpose room, designed for activities ranging from small group work to special presentations to immersive collaborative projects.
Kohuth explains how Clark’s training concepts still support student success today.
âClark’s philosophical beliefs are that you educate the child as a whole and not just the academic side,â she said. âThese beliefs are coupled with caring and supportive attitudes that encourage students to reach their highest potential. We look forward to continuing to develop and develop these traditions as we enter our 15th year.â