Alamosa School District is partnering with Ombudsman Educational Services to help nontraditional learners graduate from high school. Spots are available for 75 middle and high school students who are interested in attending Ombudsman because they prefer a smaller class size and personalized instruction, require a flexible schedule to meet family or work commitments or wish to recover credits to graduate. Middle and high school students will attend one of two four-hour sessions each day.

For Immediate Release

Alamosa, Colo. (April 5, 2011) – Alamosa School District is partnering with Ombudsman Educational Services to help nontraditional learners graduate from high school.

Spots are available for 75 middle and high school students who are interested in attending Ombudsman because they prefer a smaller class size and personalized instruction, require a flexible schedule to meet family or work commitments or wish to recover credits to graduate. Middle and high school students will attend one of two four-hour sessions each day. Students will benefit from:

  • Small class size and personalized attention;
  • A customized academic plan created to meet students’ specific needs;
  • A technology-rich environment that allows students to receive immediate feedback and become familiar with tools they will use in college, trade or vocational school or the workplace;
  • Service learning and volunteer projects that will help students explore careers, develop the skills required to secure a job and give back to their community;
    Teacher-led learning activities and small group instruction to help students apply knowledge and enhance their social skills;
  • Focused, dedicated preparation for the state’s end-of-course tests; and
  • Greater accountability and improved academic results.

Parents who are interested in having their children attend Ombudsman can contact Assistant Superintendent Mark Meyer at (719) 587-1601 for further information and to determine eligibility.

“Alamosa School District is committed to offering the highest quality of education to all of our students by providing them with a learning environment and culture that empowers them to reach their greatest potentials,” said Assistant Superintendent Mark Meyer. “Ombudsman will help our nontraditional students graduate, improve the district’s graduation rate and support our mission to maintain a culture of educational excellence that promotes exemplary academic success.”

Ombudsman’s rigorous academic program is aligned with Colorado standards and is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the organization that accredits Colorado schools.

Ombudsman students make significant academic gains. Data from the 2009-2010 school year shows that during an average enrollment of 91 days, Ombudsman students nationwide advanced 1.5 grade levels in math application, 1.2 grade levels in language mechanics, 1.2 grade levels in spelling, one grade level in vocabulary, one grade level in math computation and nearly one grade level in reading comprehension.

“Ombudsman partners with school districts to provide students an alternate route to a high school diploma,” said Mark Claypool, Ombudsman president and CEO. “Students receive one-on-one instruction from caring teachers who guide and encourage them to make positive choices about their education. Ombudsman helps students recognize their ability to learn and celebrate their successes so they can achieve their academic and career goals.”

Nationally, 85 percent of Ombudsman students graduate, earn credits or return to their district school closer to or at grade level. Ombudsman has served more than 132,000 students since its founding in 1975 and partners with more than 120 school districts in nearly 20 states. For more information, visit www.ombudsman.com.

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Resource Links:
Alamosa School District
Website: alamosa.k12.co.us

Ombudsman Educational Services
Website: Ombudsman.com
Blog: DestinationDiploma.net
Twitter: @OmbudsmanEd
Facebook: facebook.com/OmbudsmanEducation
YouTube: youtube.com/OmbudsmanEducation

For more information:
Alamosa School District
Mark Meyer,
Assistant superintendent
(719) 587-1601

Ombudsman Educational Services
Allison Russo
Lovell Communications
(615) 297-7766
allison@lovell.com