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From Superintendent Ryan: Specialty Academic Programs

From Superintendent Ryan: Specialty Academic Programs

Dear Clarkston Community Schools Families,

As you know, our district's mission is to "create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported." I am so inspired by this mission statement. These words provide a strong foundation for excellence in all we do and inform all of the decisions we make as a district.

In the weeks ahead, I will be joined by our assistant superintendents Mr. John Lucido and Mrs. Nancy Mahoney in visiting each building to talk with staff about the "State of the District." (We'll also link this presentation on our website for parents and students.)

One of the noteworthy updates we will be sharing with our staff is our mission-driven plan to expand the district's specialty academic programs to benefit our students. We love that our students have so many opportunities to explore their passions in programs such as CSMTech and the International Baccalaureate Programme. Our aim is to ensure the longevity of our specialty programs by constantly improving what we offer and making sure they're attractive options for kids.

Many of these specialty academic programs have been offered as open-enrollment programs for several years (meaning out-of-district students can apply) since we truly believe in the power of our academic offerings. We are pleased to introduce a few new, enhanced opportunities for kids, approved by our Board of Education just before the break. These specialty academic programs are now, or will soon be accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year for out-of-district students. Clarkston resident students will always be given first priority access to all of our open-enrollment programs.

If you know of a student who would be perfect for one of these programs, please encourage them to learn more!

Clarkston's Open-Enrollment Specialty Academic Programs

NEW! Music Certificate Program (Band, Choir, Orchestra) — Grades 6-12

Students take their love of music to the next level in one of Clarkston's highly regarded band, choir, or orchestra ensembles, earning a certificate at graduation. Applications accepted 4/22/19-5/21/19.

NEW! Clarkston Construction Technology Program — Grades 6-12

A hands-on STEAM & construction tech curriculum that leads to careers in the skilled trades, construction management, and everything in between. Applications accepted 4/22/19-5/21/19.

Career Immersion Program — Grades 8-12

Students are immersed in real-world experiences in career pathways and earn a Career Diploma endorsement at graduation in Business Administration, Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Finance, or Marketing. Applications accepted 4/22/19-5/21/19.

Advanced Studies Endorsement Program — Grades 8-12

A challenging academic program that leads to an Advanced Studies endorsement at graduation. Applications accepted 4/22/19-8/9/19.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme — Grades 11-12

A rigorous program that focuses on international perspectives of learning and teaching. IB graduates are welcomed by the world's leading universities. Applications accepted 4/22/19-8/9/19.

CSMTech — Grades 9-12

An integrated four-year STEM academy for highly motivated high school students. Act fast! Applications accepted now through 4/12/19.

Online and Hybrid Program — K-12

Families may choose from complete online schooling or a hybrid schedule (in school and online). Applications accepted now through 8/23/19.

Stars & Stripes Gymnastics Partnership Program — Grades 4-12

A unique academic experience for talented athletes who have achieved junior Olympic level 5 or above. Applications accepted 7/9/19-8/7-19

Renaissance Alternative High School — Grades 9-12

Students receive individualized attention and support in small classes and earn a Clarkston High School diploma once they have met the graduation requirements. Applications accepted year-round.

The success and sustainability of a healthy school district depends on its ability to look into the future, adapt, and innovate. Clarkston Community Schools is "ahead of the curve" in so many ways! I believe in our schools, and our ability to continue to lead the way with robust academic offerings.

Of course, we can't do it alone. We are ever grateful for the partnership of the incredible Clarkston community, our students, staff, and families! If you have questions about these programs, please visit our website or call our Enrollment Office at (248) 623-5400.


Shawn Ryan
Superintendent of Schools

About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 7,500 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.

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