MACON CO., AL (WSFA) - The Macon County School system has come up with a unique way to help students achieve academic success.
Rashard McCloud is a 12th grader who is on track to graduate in just a few months, but this wasn't always a goal he thought he could reach.
"I was so behind; I was taking 9th grade classes and I am in the 12th grade," said Rashard McCloud.
McCloud is soon to be another Macon County Student Success Center success stories. Not only was he able to catch up with his courses while enrolled in this program, but is looking at what he wants to do in the future.
"I am looking at colleges and going into the military. When I came over here, I wasn't looking at all of that," said McCloud.
Students who are facing challenges within a traditional learning environment can use this resource. Through virtual learning and one-on-one teacher instruction during the day, night, and on weekends students have access 24/7 to learning.
"Some are deficient in reading and writing and we work with them. If they came in failing, they usually leave here passing. They get a chance to graduate with their classmates and don't d rop out," said Juan Macon, Teacher at the Student Success Center.
Since the implementation of this program close to ten years ago, the Macon County School's graduation rate has exceeded or been equal to the states. Administration believes it is due in part to this program.
Macon County Schools currently has as 89 percent graduation rate, which is the same as Alabama's current graduation rate.
"If they don't have a high school diploma and can't get a job, then we pay for it forever and students suffer forever. We have been able to save students," said AJ Nelson, Director of Student Success Center.
For the school system, this is another step as they make sure its mission that "Every Teacher and Every Child is ConnectED" is fulfilled.