MHPS extends registration window for second-chance diploma program

Photo: Crystal Mortvedt (right) accepts her diploma from Jeff Kincade, director at Guy Berry College & Career Academy, on July 24. Four other students also completed the requirements for a high school diploma through the Night Flight program: (not pictured) Dayton Tollison Messick, Elizabeth Richardson, Savanah Tollison and Kaitlyn Young. Submitted photo.

Mountain Home Public Schools has extended the registration window for its second-chance diploma program.

The program, known as Night Flight, offers an alternative route to graduation for people ages 18-21 who had previously dropped out of high school. Individuals who are interested in the program may apply by contacting Guy Berry College & Career Academy Director Jeff Kincade at 870-425-1261 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays, between now and Sept. 14.

The Night Flight program allows enrolled students to attend class at the district’s alternative learning environment campus four evenings a week. Each evening, a licensed teacher from a different subject area is available to provide one-on-one or small group instruction and proctor exams for the students. Students are only required to attend two evenings per week, and they’re able to access their instruction online as well.

Kincade says Night Flight is a rigorous program that also offers a lot of personalized support.

“This program is not just a diploma mill,” he says. “These students really have to work hard to complete their graduation requirements, but we understand that they are in this program for a reason – that their traditional high school experience was derailed – and that they are going to need lots of support to earn their diplomas.”

Kincade explains the Night Flight teachers regularly record their daytime lessons and share them on the program’s online platform, for the students to view at their convenience. If students in Night Flight do not have a computer to complete coursework, they will be provided to them to use during class on campus.

When he began envisioning this program, Kincade says he knew flexibility was going to be crucial. He understood that the students who might be interested in this program were already adults and had many adult commitments – including their own children, jobs and bills.

The Night Flight program began last September, and this summer five students who had previously dropped out of high school, graduated with their high school diplomas.

“We had some students who tried the program and found it was not the right fit for them,” Kincade says. “But these five young ladies have shown us that this program does work and they now have a diploma, which is just another key on their keyring that will open many more doors for them.”

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