Ottenheimer Accelerated Learning Center (ALC)
The ALC Initiative is a program designed to prepare P.A.R.K.’s high school seniors for life after high school, specifically college. In this initiative, students are prepped for higher education through ACT study courses, various seminars, such as; study skills, writing workshops, money management skills, college daily life workshops, etc.
It is very important that students receive the necessary skills before entering college to ensure their retention in school. With the building blocks given, P.A.R.K. students are able to work through multiple issues that may be stacked against them. Unlike many high school seniors who will go to a college or university, P.A.R.K. students have an upper hand, because they have been exposed to a wealth of knowledge, including college tours. This allows them to have the experience before entering their college of choice.
The ALC Initiative includes, but not limited to; ACT prep, ACT registration, learning materials, seminars, college tours, ALC summer trip (out of state college tour), and Dream Builder (challenge to fulfill a dream for their freshman year in college, be it dorm room supplies, books, meal ticket, etc., all through an essay, community service, attendance, and participation).
Criteria For Rising to the ALC
- Preference will be given to students in the 12th grade.
- Must have a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA and maintain a 3.0 GPA each nine weeks.
- Must not have any F's on report card 9 weeks prior to applying to ALC.
- Must demonstrate in writing why they would like to be a part of the ALC. (One-page assignment)
- Must possess a desire to learn for self-sake and not external gratification.
* Students rise and fall into the ALC at semester and the end of the 4th nine weeks.