Housed in Douglass building, the core is
designed to be a smaller version of a traditional school.
The Core Program is comprised of 100 students and 12 teachers who
are certified in all the required areas needed for high school
graduation. The teachers cooperate as a team while working to develop a
comfortable, yet challenging academic program.
The courses are 80 minute blocks which alternate by semester.
Typically, students will have four block classes first semester
and four different classes the second semester.
Students in this program are
encouraged to attend the
Center or to be involved
in a work-study experience for a portion of the school day. Classes such
as music, foreign language, and industrial technology are not available.
Options Program." This program is only open to students in their
senior year or beyond who are not able to graduate with their class
because of a deficiency in credits. Students attend school for a minimum
of 15 hours a week and work for a minimum of 15 hours a week. During
class time students prepare for the GED test and complete the Douglass
senior portfolio. Students who pass the GED, maintain a job, and
complete all other requirements of the program will be granted a
Columbia Public Schools high school diploma and are eligible to
participate in the Douglass graduation ceremony.
This program provides on-the-job paid training to 10 students who are at
least 16 years old. For half
the day, the students are involved in academic instruction through
contracted credits required for graduation.
Hospital employees and
work in various departments for a minimum of 3 hours per day, 5 days per
week. The classroom is
located in the Veterans Hospital.
Only students with good attendance, evidence of good citizenship,
and who have earned several of their required credits are considered.