At-Risk Students Will Get a Boost
Lissau, Russell, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Russell Lissau Daily Herald Staff Writer
Students at Libertyville and Vernon Hills high schools who are in danger of failing or considering dropping out will have the extra support of a new educational program next year.
Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 officials are developing a program to help at-risk students succeed in school.
"It's something we've been talking about for a number of years," said Joseph Wojtena, principal of Libertyville High School. "Now that we've completed the opening of Vernon Hills High School, we're trying to spend more of our time on curriculum, instruction and special programs."
The district is the latest to develop such a program. Students at several high schools, including Mundelein, Antioch, Stevenson in Lincolnshire, Addison Trail in Addison and Warren Township in Gurnee, already benefit from the extra assistance at-risk programs deliver.
The District 128 program will start in the fall and target freshmen and sophomores, handling a maximum of 90 students each per building.
One teacher and one aide will run the program at each school. For each of six class periods, they will meet with up to 15 students for one-on-one tutoring, computer-assisted instruction, small-group lessons and independent study. …