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1 OPEN ENROLL See form inside. Deadline is Feb. 1, Programs & Possibilities AKRON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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3 Today s Leaders Akron Public Schools offers unique programs designed for every student! Parents love giving their child the best start in school with free all-day kindergarten. To help children grow and learn, a free breakfast and free lunch is served to all students. Parents also appreciate the many customized educational opportunities designed to fit each student s needs whether it s special programming or special education, accelerated learning for the gifted, creative outlets for the talented, and even learning outside of the traditional classroom. APS offers many unique programs not found at other area schools including The Akron School for the Arts, two dedicated STEM schools, AkronReads tutoring, an International Baccalaureate program, more than 30 Career Education subjects, and opportunities to earn a high school diploma and college credit at the same time! AKRON PUBLIC SCHOOLS is a great choice for educating your child!

4 School Meals Starting in , every APS student began enjoying a FREE breakfast AND FREE lunch. This tasty, new program is available through the federal Community Eligibility Option (CEO) and will cover the full cost of serving meals at no charge to the district. Meal applications will not be required for any student. After-School Programs After-school hours can be a critical time for youth. At APS, our students can use this time to learn and grow. Students who participate show higher levels of achievement, display more self-confidence and enjoy a safe place to learn when the school day is over. APS offers amazing after-school enrichment activities in 27 elementary schools and three middle schools, including one-on-one tutoring, golf, drama club and more! After-school programs benefit children, their families, schools and the whole community. ALL-DAY KINDERGARTEN is important to a child s success in school. Free All-Day Kindergarten Akron Public Schools offers FREE all-day kindergarten with small class sizes in all its elementary schools. Studies show children who attend full-day kindergarten benefit academically, developmentally and socially. Children show more independent learning, classroom involvement and productivity in work with peers. Early Learning Program The Early Learning Program (ELP) provides educational opportunities for children ages 3-5. The program integrates special-needs students with typically developing children and incorporates developmentally appropriate curriculum and supplemental services. Children have the opportunity to interact and learn from one another. Uniforms Students in grades K-8 are required to wear uniform attire. Parents like the cost savings, and teachers feel that uniforms instill pride and improve behavior. High school students follow a district-wide dress code.

5 CAREER EDUCATION more than 30 two-year programs For a complete listing of programs offered at APS, go to akronschools.com/programs. Administrative Office Technology Animal Management Automotive Collision Automotive Technology Automotive YES Biomedical Sciences Business Finance Business Technology Career Based Intervention Commercial Art Computer Aided Drafting & Design Computer Aided Manufacturing Construction Technology Cosmetology Dental Assisting Early Childhood Education Electrical Trades Electronic Engineering Family and Consumer Sciences Fire Safety/EMS Graphic Arts Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning High School of Business Hospitality Information Support & Services Integrated Software Interactive Media Marketing Education Masonry Medical Assisting (Diagnostic) Network Systems Plumbing Pre-Engineering Pre-Engineering/Pre-Architecture Pre-Nursing (Therapeutic) Programming & Software Development Restaurant Management Teacher Academy Transition-to-Work Welding Work & Family Life

6 International Baccalaureate The International Baccalaureate program at Firestone High School is a rigorous, two-year curriculum designed to meet the highest standards required of any high school student in the world. Firestone, repeatedly named one of Newsweek Magazine s top 1,500 high schools, is one of only 32 high schools in Ohio, 1,389 in the U.S. and 3,484 worldwide to offer the International Baccalaureate program. The IB diploma is widely recognized by the world s leading universities. JROTC APS offers all four branches of the armed forces. Army JROTC is offered at Kenmore, Air Force JROTC at Buchtel, Navy JROTC at Garfield and Marine Corps JROTC at East. Athletics Statistics show that students involved in sports are more likely to experience academic success, graduate from high school, and develop teamwork and leadership skills. Akron Public Schools offers 17 sports and boasts many state and national awards. World Languages With 50 different languages spoken at APS, don t be surprised when you hear Kizigua or Ndebele echoing through the hallways. The district helps more than 1,050 students learn English as their second language. Habla usted Español? In addition to ESL, more than 1,700 APS students study a foreign language. Whether it s French, Spanish or Chinese, our students are better prepared to succeed in the everchanging global workforce. What s more, they are learning about a variety of cultures and what it means to play a part in a diverse community. The Arts Whether you seek the stage, have a passion for creativity or dance to the beat of your own drum, Akron Public Schools has a program for you. Nearly 700 students attend Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts as well as The Akron School for the Arts at Firestone High School. Students perform in local, state-wide and national theatre; music concerts; and adjudicated music events. Art programs foster imagination, language and social skills and enhance academic achievement all characteristics that employers and colleges seek. Both the Miller South and Akron School for the Arts programs received state and national honors in all arts areas. Students who graduate from the Firestone visual and performing arts program receive an arts endorsement on their diploma. In addition, all Akron public schools offer art, music and instrumental music classes.

7 Schools With a Focus on STEM Education National Inventors Hall of Fame School Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Learning Buchtel CLC New Tech Program The new John R. Buchtel CLC opened in the fall of 2012 as the district s first Through an inventive partnership with New Tech High School. Programming The University of Akron, the National at the school focuses on project-based Inventors Hall of Fame, City of Akron, learning; smart technology; and a culture of trust, respect and responsibility. Greater Akron Chamber and Akron Tomorrow, the National Inventors Students will enhance their 21st- century learning skills to prepare them for Hall of Fame School Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and internships at local businesses and for Mathematics Learning serves as a college and careers. district model for 21st-century education. STEM School students learn to think, NIHF STEM High School create, innovate and collaborate in a Through another innovative partnership global economy. The school accepts with The University of Akron, Invent incoming fifth-graders through an open Now, City of Akron, Greater Akron enrollment lottery. Chamber and Akron Tomorrow, the NIHF STEM High School will prepare students for entry into STEM-related career fields. Learners will work with industry partners in the field to gain real-world experiences. Students currently enrolled at the STEM middle school will automatically continue on to the high school. Additional students will also be admitted. Portage Path CLC While STEM takes hold in our secondary schools to prepare children for college and the jobs of the future, we are integrating it at the elementary level, too. Teachers at Portage Path CLC are also integrating innovative STEM teaching strategies. Through a partnership program with Kent State University and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the program works to spark student interest in STEM fields through hands-on, problembased learning experiences within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

8 Last year, our SENIORS EARNED more than $11 million in scholarships. College Access Programs AECHS was named a SCHOOL OF PROMISE by the ODE. Akron Early College High School At Akron Early College High School, students earn the edge they need in today s world. Through a partnership with The University of Akron, hundreds of students simultaneously earn a high school diploma and 72 hours of college credit at no cost to the family a $30,000 value. Seniors to Sophomores The Seniors to Sophomores program allows seniors who meet specific criteria to earn a high school diploma and complete 24 college credit hours at The University of Akron an $11,000 value. Stark State Dual Credit Through a new partnership with Stark State College, APS students can earn college credit through APS classes and online options. Students at every APS high school will be able to earn dual credit through their career tech classes. An online option for English and math courses also will be piloted at Ellet, Firestone and Kenmore high schools. Advanced Placement Through AP courses, students can earn credit or advanced standing at most of the nation s colleges and universities.

9 Individualized Supports for Students Special Education Students with disabilities benefit from a wide variety of individualized special education services provided by intervention specialists, occupational and physical therapists, interpreters, tutors, speech/language pathologists, and school psychologists. STRIVE (Success, Think, Responsibility, Independence, Vision, Education) In a unique partnership with Pastoral Counseling Services of Akron, STRIVE is an alternative to out-of-school suspension. STRIVE provides quality mental-health services to elementary students with disruptive behavior and teaches better problem-solving skills. Credit Flexibility Pupil Adjustment Program Credit Flexibility is a new way for students to earn high school credit. The The Pupil Adjustment Program (PAP) purpose of credit flexibility is to develop consists of one school psychologist learners who take primary responsibility taking the lead in triaging students for planning and implementing their who are referred for discipline due own learning outside of the traditional to violations of the Code of Student classroom options. Students interested Behavior. The individualized nature in credit flexibility may take advantage of the services offered through of distance learning, educational travel, PAP has been extended upward to independent study, an internship, music, include programmatic efforts arts, an after-school/tutorial program, for servicing entire populations of community service engagement at-risk youths in an alternative projects and sports. school setting. PASS (Positive Academic Support System) The PASS program is an alternative program, in collaboration with Pastoral Counseling Services of Akron, for students with significant mental health needs. The program allows students to receive special education and related services, as well as intensive, therapeutic, mental-health and casemanagement services.

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