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The‌ ‌Development‌ ‌of‌ ‌School‌ ‌Choice‌ ‌in‌ ‌Indiana‌

&‌ ‌How‌ ‌It‌ ‌Has‌ ‌Helped‌ ‌Put‌ ‌Students‌ ‌First‌

School Choice in Indiana has come a long way from its roots. Established in 2008, the School Choice Program initially gave students the right to request transfer to another school or district entirely. Today, the School Choice Program has given all students in Indiana the choice of attending 6 different types of schools, most at little to no cost to themselves or their parents.

Of course, the option stands to attend traditional public and private schools. However, they also have the option of attending public charter and magnet schools, as well as attending courses, homeschooling, and micro-schools, known as learning pods. Allowing students and their parents the freedom to choose their own path has had great effects on the state’s educational statistics and the wellbeing of the student body as a whole.

If you are interested in learning more about the School Choice Program & its benefits to students across the state, read on, and contact Options Schools today!

The Need for School Choice

Traditional schooling simply is not for everybody. As many people understand it, the public school system is built to cater to an extremely specific kind of student. Although the “that kind of student” mold is meant to be as general as possible, those who do not fit that mold will inevitably be at somewhat of a disadvantage in a more closed-off system.

Indiana’s School Choice Program allows students in this situation to better cater their educational experience to their specific needs. The addition of public magnet and charter schools (such as Options Charter School), as well as the lower class sizes of learning pods and homeschooling, guarantees an uptick in learning potential by giving students the attention and teaching style they need to be successful.

The Benefits of School Choice

The implementation of the School Choice Program came from the desire to put the student first. In states without a school choice, teachers in traditional public schools have very little say in things like curriculum or rigor, and due to cases of overcrowding, they wind up having little say in teaching style. This is because they do not have the necessary time to really get to know and understand their students, let alone personalize lesson plans for each individual.

The teacher-to-student ratio is one of the main factors in seeing the positive effects of school choice. By simply allowing for more schooling options, Indiana pushes that ratio further in the student’s favor. Whereas before, a student was delegated and detained to one school that was a part of a larger district, the same amount of students are spread out to a much wider scale, including multiple districts and school styles. This allows each student more one-on-one time with their teachers, and teachers more ability and time to personalize their lesson plans to their class and their strengths.

Playing to, and Maximizing the Strengths of Students

Are you a visual learner or an auditory learner? Do you excel in creative subjects or STEM? Do you work better as a team or alone? These are just a few examples of questions that can be answered and addressed best in a more open, school choice system. Instead of being pigeonholed, students can attend a school where their success is measured on a better understanding scale. This not only results in higher grades across the board but also a higher overall mental wellbeing of a given student body.

School choice also gives students the ability to specialize themselves long before others who have no choice. Instead of waiting until junior year of college to get to specialty courses, a school choice program allows students the opportunity to focus their studies as early as 8th grade, making them far better candidates for college and job applications.

School Choice, The Right Choice

For over a decade, Indiana has made the choice to install and grow its school choice program. Born from the necessity of putting students at the forefront of their own education, the School Choice Program has positively influenced the efficacy of Indiana’s school systems. By allowing students the freedom of foraging their path not only gives them knowledge and experience that they will take with them for the rest of their life, but also allows them to play to their strengths and gain confidence in the things that bring them joy.

By expanding the options for students, teachers become more specialized as well. Their classrooms become smaller, and the individualized attention that every student needs is now a possibility.

School choice, simply put, is the best choice. For students. For teachers. For the future.

If you are interested in learning more about charter schooling in Indiana, contact Options Schools today!

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Thomas Skinner, Social Studies Teacher https://optionsschools.org/thomas-skinner/ Tue, 07 Dec 2021 15:55:40 +0000 https://optionsschools.org/?p=3871 The post Thomas Skinner, Social Studies Teacher appeared first on Options Charter Schools.

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Thomas Skinner

Staff in Noblesville & Carmel, IN | Options Charter School
SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER,
OPTIONS INDIANA

Educational Background

  • B.A.  Secondary Social Studies Education – Historical Perspectives with concentrations in Economics and Political Science –  (Purdue University)

  • B.A. History – (Purdue University)

When did you join the Options team?
December 2021

When did you begin working in the field of education?
I have been teaching since August of 2008. I spent the first six years in a traditional classroom teaching a variety of Social Studies courses but mostly U.S. Government and Economics in Lafayette, IN. I did leave education for a year to work as a certified ABA Therapist at an Autism Center in West Lafayette, IN. Then I returned to education serving as the teacher of the Western Alternative Learning Center (WALC) for the past seven years at Western High School in Russiaville, IN.  

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?
I appreciate being part of a team that recognizes the field of education is changing and they are providing an alternative path to an education for children who may be better suited for success outside of the traditional classroom. 

What do you enjoy outside of Options?
Outside of school I collect and restore pinball machines with most of my free time along with traveling and competing in pinball leagues and tournaments. I also coach wrestling at the high school level. My girlfriend and I have rescued 3 Dachshunds over the past few years and have four dogs total. 

 

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Jeff Cramer, Instructional Assistant https://optionsschools.org/jeff-cramer/ Mon, 06 Dec 2021 14:11:28 +0000 https://optionsschools.org/?p=3872 The post Jeff Cramer, Instructional Assistant appeared first on Options Charter Schools.

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Jeff Cramer

Staff in Noblesville & Carmel, IN | Options Charter School
Instructional Assistant ,
OPTIONS with ABA (FISHERS)

Educational Background

  • B.A. Psychology (IUPUI)

When did you join the Options team?
December 2021

When did you begin working in the field of education?
I have three years (2017-2020) in the ABA field. About two of those years with my RBT certification. And the last year (much of 2020) as a team supervisor in the center I worked at.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?
I enjoy how passionate and hard working the members of the Options team are. I know that they are doing everything they can to ensure that the students are successful in and out of the classrooms.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?
Hobbies and things I enjoy outside of Options are: video games, axe throwing, voice acting, Dungeons and Dragons, and story writing.

 

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Students of the Month – November 2021 https://optionsschools.org/students-of-the-month-november-2021/ Fri, 03 Dec 2021 16:37:08 +0000 https://optionsschools.org/?p=3869 Congrats to our newest Students of the Month! Each student was selected by their respective program after having a great month of November. Scroll down to read our Q&A with each program’s Student of the Month selection. November 2021 Students of the Month: Ryder (Options Westfield High School) Leviticus (Options Indiana High School) Kaedon (Options […]

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Congrats to our newest Students of the Month!

Each student was selected by their respective program after having a great month of November. Scroll down to read our Q&A with each program’s Student of the Month selection.


November 2021 Students of the Month:

  • Ryder (Options Westfield High School)
  • Leviticus (Options Indiana High School)
  • Kaedon (Options with ABA)
  • Kirah (Options Indiana High School)
  • Tobin (Options Indiana Middle School)
  • Maggie (Options Westfield Middle School)
  • Dominick (Options Noblesville)

Ryder
Options Westfield High School

Grade: 11th 

When did you begin attending Options?
April 2021 at Options Carmel

How has your Options experience been?
It’s been very good. I have felt like I can focus more during classes, which I struggled with previously. Also, everyone really wants each other to succeed. Teachers are always available to help, but even students help each other a lot.

What was the transition like from Options Carmel to Options Westfield for you?
Well, I really like our new campus, and it was a nice upgrade. There were some new people to meet when this school year started also, but it’s just comfortable here and has the same great energy.

Away from school, do you have any hobbies, passions, or ways you enjoy spending time?
My favorite thing to do is skateboarding, and I like to do that a lot. I was probably like five years old the first time I picked up a skateboard, and I just loved it ever since. I also paint a lot and I enjoy listening to music.

What kind of growth or improvement have you seen within yourself?
I’ve become much more social and personable, and the environment really helped with that.

What is your favorite subject in school?
Right now, probably creative writing. I really like that class, and being able to write about what we like, but also learning about the way to write and appeal to the reader.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for when you’re older, or after you graduate?
I want to go to college for video & film editing. After that, I want to progress into the field, and I think I want to become a writer or director, but I want to see what happens as I experience it all.


Leviticus
Options Indiana High School

Grade: 12th
Hometown: I was born & raised in Fort Wayne 

When did you enroll at Options?
August 2020

Do you have any hobbies, passions, or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
In my free time I honestly just focus on preparing for adulthood. I focus on specifically researching financial stability and colleges so that I can prepare to face the REAL WORLD. On a side note, I also focus on writing a studio album that I’ve been working on for a while. Another honorable mention is the book I would like to write about my life!

What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
My favorite thing about Options is the flexibility and the accountability. Options give you the tools to succeed within their curriculum BUT it’s all up to you to make things work! They are very flexible with situations and provide a lot of help to students who are struggling. 

What is your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject in school is English because while studying it you can learn a lot of valuable things that seem like nothing but really are everything.

Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
I’ve honestly never been more invested in my schooling my whole entire life, since started in Options Indiana. I’ve improved in all areas thanks to the amazing staff.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
Well, I plan on going to college for Business Administration so that I can start up my own business. I would actually like to start up a few along with a franchise!


Kaedon
Options with ABA, Kokomo

Grade: 9th 

How long have you been attending Options with ABA?
4 months

Do you have any hobbies, passions, or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I enjoy video games and sleeping.

What is your favorite thing about attending Options with ABA?
The people are nice, and I can actually learn.

What is your favorite subject in school?
Chemistry because I’m good at it.

Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
I’ve improved in all the subjects we’ve learned in class so far.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
I want to be a chemist and have a bachelor’s degree in everything.


Kirah
Options Indiana High School

Grade: 10th
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

When did you enroll at Options?
Second semester of my 8th-grade year, in the beginning of 2020

Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I’m very much into music; playing it, listening to it, etc. I also love spending time with my family and friends.

What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
My favorite thing about being at Options is the lovely people that support me and help make Options what it is. I’ve felt so seen and valued since I’ve been a part of Options Academy, and I’ve also felt such a foundational understanding throughout the tougher parts of each year from all the staff.

What is your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject in school is English! I love to write.

Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
I’ve for sure improved in so many aspects since attending Options. My independence and personal accountability have become stronger, my academic strategies have improved, and my goal setting has also grown. I’ve also been able to gain the opportunity to cultivate creativity in ways that I haven’t before.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
I’m not set on any career paths quite yet, but I’m very interested in psychology and how the brain works and develops, so I could see myself aspiring to go into that field!


Tobin
Options Indiana Middle School

Grade: 6th
Hometown: Connersville, IN

When did you enroll at Options?
Fall 2021

Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I have a couple of big hobbies. For example, I love to play with RC boats and I like to fix them when they break. I also love to program games with the languages python, c#, java, html, and xml. Soon to come, my uncle will help me program better.

What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
I love Options because you can work at your own pace, and be on a good level.

What is your favorite subject in school?
I mostly like Math the most followed by science. I like math because I can learn with my mom since she knows it well. And with science, I just fell in love with astronomy and all the stuff that we still want to learn about our universe.

Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
I have improved in many things and subjects. For example, I have learned a lot about astronomy and social studies. This school has also helped me with anxiety and tourettes.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
I only have a couple of plans for life but mostly my dream is to become a programmer and to enjoy what I do for a living. I also want to spend valuable time with my family while they are still here.


* About Options Schools *
Founded in 2002, Options Schools are free, public charter schools serving grade 6-12 students in 135 school districts (and counting) across Indiana. With a high-quality, individualized approach to education, Options Schools specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment, unparalleled support, and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1. With brick-and-mortar campuses in Noblesville and Westfield, Options also offers additional programs in virtual, hybrid, and in-person formats.

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Madeline Reiff receives President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award https://optionsschools.org/madeline-reiff-receives-presidents-gold-volunteer-service-award/ Fri, 12 Nov 2021 13:42:17 +0000 https://optionsschools.org/?p=3861 The post Madeline Reiff receives President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award appeared first on Options Charter Schools.

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Maddie Reiff - President's Gold Volunteer Service Award

Pictured Left to Right: Options Noblesville Principal Melanie Martin Terrell, Sarah Reiff, Maddie Reiff, Adam Reiff, Connor Reiff

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Having amassed over 500 volunteer service hours, Madeline Reiff has earned the President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award, in recognition of her selfless efforts.

A prestigious and national award, the President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes kids, teens, young adults & adults whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action.

A freshman at Options Schools’ Noblesville campus, Madeline has made significant contributions to the White River Christian Food Pantry, volunteering by serving the guests on Thursdays, and by helping other days though out the week. Her contributions have included: sorting breads, stacking shelves, making up drink and snack bags, cleaning and breaking down cardboard, buying diapers, and being part of the outdoor team that serve hundreds of people in a drive-thru format each week. Maddie is an overall team player who greets people with a smile on her face, compassion in her heart, and the desire to serve her community.

Madeline was presented with the President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award on Thursday morning at the White River Christian Church Food Pantry.

Maddie Reiff community service

A collage of photos of Maddie’s volunteer efforts over the years

“Now a high school student, we’ve been fortunate to have Maddie (Reiff) with us at Options Noblesville since 6th grade. Maddie has a heart for service and equity. She is a wonderful example of the Options way. I look forward to seeing the continued impact she will make throughout our community, and beyond. Congratulations to Maddie on this honor!”

Madeline has dedicated over five hundred volunteer & service hours. Madeline has served at the White River Christian Church since she was 8 years old, and is now in her seventh year of volunteering, or according to Madeline, “Almost half of my life!”

“Volunteering is something you can do your whole life,” said Madeline. “It is fun, impactful, and a meaningful way to bring joy to people. Thank you to the White River Christian Church Food Pantry for providing food weekly to the people in our community. Thank you to all of the volunteers who have taught me the value of working together, laughing, and developing a servant’s heart.”

The White River Christian Church Food Pantry was started by Jeff and Kim DeMaise, as a small pantry from within a closet. The pantry now includes a building, serving approximately 285 or more families a week (1200 per week & 4800 per month). Guests are welcome to visit the pantry every Thursday from 1 PM-6 PM.  The pantry is located at 1685 North 10th Street in Noblesville (in the cream-colored building just south of White River Christian Church). For more information about how to volunteer or donate, contact Jeff DeMaise at jdemaise@wrcc.org or 317-776-2848.

About Options Schools
Founded in 2002, Options Schools are free, public charter schools serving grade 6-12 students in 134 school districts across Indiana. With a high-quality, individualized approach to education, Options Schools specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment, unparalleled support, and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1. With brick-and-mortar campuses in Noblesville and Westfield, Options also offers additional programs in virtual, hybrid, and in-person formats.

About the President’s Volunteer Service Award
In 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President’s Volunteer Service Award to recognize the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. The PVSA has continued under each administration, honoring the volunteers who are using their time and talents to solve some of the toughest challenges facing our nation.

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Students of the Month – October 2021 https://optionsschools.org/students-of-the-month-october-2021/ Mon, 01 Nov 2021 19:39:30 +0000 https://optionsschools.org/?p=3858 Congrats to our latest Students of the Month! Each student was selected by their respective program after having a great month of October. Scroll down to read our Q&A with each program’s Student of the Month selection. October 2021 Students of the Month: Adam (Options Westfield Middle School) Abby (Options Noblesville) Jacob (Options with ABA) […]

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Congrats to our latest Students of the Month!

Each student was selected by their respective program after having a great month of October. Scroll down to read our Q&A with each program’s Student of the Month selection.


October 2021 Students of the Month:

  • Adam (Options Westfield Middle School)
  • Abby (Options Noblesville)
  • Jacob (Options with ABA)
  • Ashton (Options @ HYCA)
  • Ellana (Options Westfield Middle School)
  • Ayla (Options Indiana Middle School)
  • Mia (Options Indiana High School)
  • Arianna (Options Indiana High School)

Robbie G.
Options Noblesville

Grade: 10th

When did you begin attending Options Noblesville?
I started at the beginning of this school year

How have your first couple months at Options been?
It’s been going great, and I’ve been working hard on my grades.

Away from school, do you have any hobbies, passions, or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I like to play different simulator games on the computer: either bus, plane, or train. I’m also a big public transit enthusiast, and I think the expansion & growth of public transportation is important.

What is your favorite subject in school?
History has always been something that interests me

Do you feel that you’ve improved in any areas since coming to Options?
Definitely. I’ve been a lot better in science.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for when you’re older, or after you graduate?
I want to pursue something in the transportation industry for sure. I think it is important to be on the administrative side of things, so I can help make a positive impact.


Adam G.
Options Westfield High School

Grade: 12th

When did you begin attending Options?
I started at the beginning of this school year

How has your first semester at Options been?
I came in from a different school, but I was able to get comfortable in a short amount of time. The teachers and students were all super welcoming & it’s been awesome.

Away from school, do you have any hobbies, passions, or ways you enjoy spending time?
I would say a combination of working, fishing & spending time with family. I started working at Dairy Queen recently and really like it, and I’ve been fishing for my whole life. 

What is your favorite subject in school?
Anything history-related. I think it’s important to see what has happened to bring us to where we are today.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for when you’re older, or after you graduate?
I’m very interested in the National Guard and then working for the DNR (Indiana Department of Natural Resources) with my passion for the outdoors & nature.


Abby A.
Options Noblesville

Grade: 9th

When did you begin attending Options?
At the start of this school year, in August

How has the first semester of the school year gone for you?
It’s been very good. With the campus being smaller, there is just a lot less stress & the chance for each student to be helped when they need it.

Do you have any hobbies, passions, or ways you enjoy spending your time?
I focus on my school, but I also like talking with my friends.

What have you enjoyed most about the Options experience?
I like that it’s really personal. It doesn’t feel like you’re coming here to just do work all day, you get to connect with classmates & teachers.

What is your favorite subject in school?
Probably math or science. It comes easy to me & I like that there is an order to some aspects.

Are there any areas you feel like you’ve improved since attending Options?
I’m better at communicating now, and I’ve become more comfortable at asking questions when I need help.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for when you’re older, or after you graduate?
Ever since I was younger, I’ve wanted to attend an Ivy League school. I also think it would be cool to work with rockets, and things that involve outer space.


Jacob L.
Options with ABA

“Jacob is a hard worker and a pleasure to have in class.  He’s polite to his classmates and is always engaged in activities.” — Hannah Marichal, Options with ABA teacher 

Grade: 8th

How long have you been attending Options with ABA?
For 2 years

Do you have any hobbies, passions, or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I like to play basketball and draw. 

What is your favorite thing about attending Options with ABA?
The teachers 

What is your favorite subject in school?
Science, because it’s fun.

Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
I’m better at paying attention to my teachers.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
Undecided.


Ashton H.
Options @ HYCA

Grade: 11th
Hometown: South of Indianapolis, near Franklin 

Do you have any hobbies, passions, or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I have recently become more interested in reading, but I also know how to play the piano and taught myself just from watching YouTube videos.

What has your HYCA experience been like?
I was looking forward to coming here and improving in some areas, so it has been good. The first couple of weeks were tough with the physical fitness aspect, but I know it is something I’ll need.

What is your favorite subject in school?
I would probably say History since it is based around learning about the past and what has happened across the county & world.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
After I graduate from HYCA, I’m going to finish my high school diploma at Options Indiana. Then I plan to enter the military before going into a career in law enforcement.


Ellana B.
Options Westfield Middle School

Grade: 8th

Do you have any hobbies, passions, or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I like to ride my bike, make clothes & hang out with my friends. I know how to sew, and I’ve done it for a few years, so I can make things & also repair clothes too.

What is your favorite thing about Options?
I like how everybody is nice, and with not as many students in my classes, I feel like it’s easier to focus & learn what I need to.

What is your favorite subject in school?
History because I like learning about what’s happened before

Have you improved in any areas since first enrolling at Options?
I’ve improved in math

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
I want to attend FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) and study fashion or possibly attend The Juilliard School for performing arts. I would love to become a fashion designer.


Alya M.
Options Indiana Middle School

Grade: 8th
Hometown: Laporte, IN

When did you enroll at Options?
2020

Do you have any hobbies, passions, or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
Reading & Archery

What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
How positive, patient, and helpful the teachers are

What is your favorite subject in school?
Science

Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
Yes, especially with history

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
After I graduate, I would like to travel


Mia C.
Options Indiana High School

Grade: 9th
Hometown: Noblesville

When did you enroll at Options?
July 2021

Do you have any hobbies, passions or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I play tennis, I like to shop, and I like to talk and hang out with my friends.

What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
I like that there is a flexible schedule

What is your favorite subject in school?
Art

Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
I have improved in math

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
I want to travel the world and inspire people


Arianna D.
Options Indiana High School

Grade: 12th
Hometown: My hometown is Yuma, Arizona, but I currently live in Terre Haute. 

When did you enroll at Options?
I enrolled about a year ago.

Do you have any hobbies, passions, or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
My hobbies are painting and collecting rocks & crystals

What is your favorite thing about going to Options?
My favorite thing is how I can work at my own pace, and getting good grades is great too.

What is your favorite subject in school?
My favorite is English

Have you improved in any areas since enrolling at Options?
I would say that I’ve improved in every area 

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
I want to travel the world in a mobile home, after I graduate


 

* About Options Schools *
Founded in 2002, Options Schools are free, public charter schools serving grade 6-12 students in 135 school districts (and counting) across Indiana. With a high-quality, individualized approach to education, Options Schools specializes in providing students with an inclusive environment, unparalleled support, and a student-to-teacher ratio of 15-to-1. With brick-and-mortar campuses in Noblesville and Westfield, Options also offers additional programs in virtual, hybrid, and in-person formats.

 

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Alternatives to College: What Are Your Options? https://optionsschools.org/alternatives-to-college-what-are-your-options/ Tue, 19 Oct 2021 14:13:24 +0000 https://optionsschools.org/?p=3854 Alternatives to College: What Are Your Options? Contrary to popular belief, not all graduating high school students enroll in four-year colleges and universities. College enrollment has been on a gradual decline since 2012. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, college enrollment in the US dramatically dropped in the spring of 2021. At Options […]

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Alternatives to College: What Are Your Options?

Contrary to popular belief, not all graduating high school students enroll in four-year colleges and universities.

College enrollment has been on a gradual decline since 2012. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, college enrollment in the US dramatically dropped in the spring of 2021.

At Options Schools, our student population is diverse when it comes to post-high school graduation plans. Some of our graduating seniors pursue their Bachelor’s degrees at Indiana state colleges or private universities, while others opt for alternatives to college, including trade school or military service.

What are your options after high school? Read on to learn more ‒ or reach out to us if you’d like assistance in navigating your path after high school!

Trade School

Do you enjoy working with your hands, or does a particular trade interest you? Trade schools are post-secondary institutions that prepare students for a specific occupation and skill set.

There are a few different programs you could pursue in a private trade school or a community college. In some trade schools, you may receive a diploma or certificate for a particular area, which usually requires less time and money than earning an Associate or Bachelor’s degree.

Options students are eligible to enroll in dual-credit trade programs where they can attend classes at J. Everett Light Career Center, and get involved with programs through ABC Construction or Gaylor Electric.

If you decide to pursue a trade program through a community college, chances are you will work towards earning a two-year Associate degree.

There are also trade schools that offer non-credit programs. A non-credit program provides you with the foundation for a specific occupation and skill set. Even though you don’t receive formal credit, having the program on your resume can suffice for employment in certain jobs.

Apprenticeships

Are you interested in a trade-oriented career and want to get paid to learn skills and gain real-life experience in the field? As an apprentice, you work full-time alongside professionals and receive on-site, hands-on training, making yourself eligible for higher pay as your skillset develops.

In some apprenticeship programs, you have the opportunity to work closely with a mentor, someone who has years of experience in the field and can guide you on your journey of work experience.

Through job-based learning and developing your craft, you’re more likely to secure employment opportunities with the sponsoring company. If you decide to seek employment with a different company, having an apprenticeship on your resume, along with references, will elevate your employability and help you stand out from other applicants.

In fact, some occupations, such as electricians, carpenters, masonry workers, and construction workers, usually require apprenticeships for application consideration.

Military

For generations, thousands of young American adults have enlisted in the US military after graduating high school. The military not only teaches discipline, responsibility, and focus but prepares members for a wide range of post-duty career paths.

Whether you’re interested in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps, you can pursue professional and technical training in specific areas and choose from many types of certification, licensing, and skill-building opportunities.

Active duty members receive a monthly payment and are eligible for special pay and incentives depending on their skill set or assignment duties. Active duty members and veterans also receive home financing, free health care, and financial aid in higher education.

Community College

Not sure what you want to study and major in, but ready to start building up college credit anyway? Are you looking to join the workforce soon after high school graduation?

Enrolling in community college is an economical way to earn credits towards a Bachelor’s degree, work part-time, save money, live at home, and carefully decide on a career path.

Depending on the community college you enroll in, you may be able to pursue professional training in a particular field and secure a job soon after. Options students also have the opportunity to earn college credits at Ivy Tech Community College, while they are completing their high school diploma.

There is also a 2 + 2 Program available through Ivy Tech Community College. Students who have earned an Associate’s degree from Ivy Tech and fulfill the requirements can transfer their credits to various public and private universities in Indiana.

Go Abroad

Traveling and seeing more of the world is an excellent way to broaden your horizons and think about what you want to pursue as a career and in life.

Saving up money to travel on your own and take a gap year is an adventurous alternative to college ‒ but there are other opportunities to go abroad AND earn money, build skills, and gain valuable, resume-worthy experiences for college or future jobs.

Here are some options:

  • Join a TEFL program & train to teach English in foreign countries.
  • Become an au pair & live with a host family.
  • Volunteer abroad through a private, non-profit, or government-sponsored program.

There are also gap year programs that allow you the opportunity to live independently, work, attend seminars, or study in a country of your choice.

Let’s Explore Your Options!

Navigating your path after high school can be challenging – but at Options Charter School, we’re committed to helping every student pave the way forward for a lifetime of success.

We welcome students and families throughout Indiana to get in touch with us today and learn more about our campuses and online learning opportunities. If you are currently enrolled at Options and would like to explore alternatives to college, contact us today!

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Staff in Noblesville & Carmel, IN | Options Charter School
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Cierra Golder

Staff in Noblesville & Carmel, IN | Options Charter School
ABA TEACHER,
OPTIONS WITH ABA (FISHERS)

Educational Background
B.S. Applied Health Science (Indiana University-Bloomington)
M.S. Special Education (Indiana University-Bloomington)
M.A. Applied Behavior Analysis (Ball State University) 

Licensed in Mild Interventions P-12
Licensed in Intense Interventions P-12

When did you join the Options team?
October 2021

When did you begin working in the field of education?
August 2017 as a Special Education teacher, Alexandria, Virginia
(prior I did was an ABA therapist/RBT for 5 years)

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Options team?
Being that I am brand new (this month), I would say how welcoming everyone has been 🙂 It has truly been refreshing.

What do you enjoy outside of Options?
Outside of work, I enjoy time with my family making memories, attending church, enjoying Mommy time away (i.e. getting my nails done) & enjoying a hot cup of coffee, specifically ones that I make at home and Starbucks 🙂

 

 

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Students of the Month – September 2021 https://optionsschools.org/students-of-the-month-september-2021/ Fri, 01 Oct 2021 19:16:28 +0000 https://optionsschools.org/?p=3841 Congrats to our latest Students of the Month! Each student was selected by their respective program after having a great month in September. Scroll down to read our Q&A with each program’s Student of the Month selection. September 2021 Students of the Month: Robbie (Options Noblesville) Noah (Options Westfield Middle School) Elodie (Options Westfield High […]

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Congrats to our latest Students of the Month!

Each student was selected by their respective program after having a great month in September. Scroll down to read our Q&A with each program’s Student of the Month selection.


September 2021 Students of the Month:

  • Robbie (Options Noblesville)
  • Noah (Options Westfield Middle School)
  • Elodie (Options Westfield High School)
  • Wyatt (Options Indiana)
  • Hayden (Options @ HYCA)
  • Sam (Options Indiana)

Robbie G.
Options Noblesville

Grade: 10th

When did you begin attending Options Noblesville?
I started at the beginning of this school year

How have your first couple months at Options been?
It’s been going great, and I’ve been working hard on my grades.

Away from school, do you have any hobbies, passions, or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I like to play different simulator games on the computer: either bus, plane, or train. I’m also a big public transit enthusiast, and I think the expansion & growth of public transportation is important.

What is your favorite subject in school?
History has always been something that interests me

Do you feel that you’ve improved in any areas since coming to Options?
Definitely. I’ve been a lot better in science.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for when you’re older, or after you graduate?
I want to pursue something in the transportation industry for sure. I think it is important to be on the administrative side of things, so I can help make a positive impact.


Noah R.
Options Westfield Middle School

Grade: 7th

When did you begin attending Options?
I started at here in August at the start of the school year, after being homeschooled for a few years. 

How have the first couple months of the school year been for you?
It’s very different because so much of this is new. I think I attended 1st grade before I was in homeschool, so things were new at first, but I’ve really settled in now & enjoy it a lot.

Away from school, do you have any hobbies, passions, or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I like to read a lot, and a lot of different types of things too. Right now, I’m reading The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. I’m on book two out of five & I like it so far.

What have you enjoyed most about the Options experience?
Probably the teachers.

What is your favorite subject in school?
Social Studies because I like Steve as my teacher.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for when you’re older, or after you graduate?
I would like to move to Australia and work at the Irwin Zoo. I’ve always been a really big fan of animals & nature.


Elodie H.
Options Westfield High School

Grade: 9th

When did you begin attending Options?
Just at the start of this school year

How has the first month of the school year been for you?
It’s been good. You can’t get lost on campus, and the class sizes are nice.

Away from school, do you have any hobbies, passions, or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I like to listen to music and draw things for other people. It really makes people happy to get something they aren’t expecting, so I like to surprise people with my art.

What have you enjoyed most about the Options experience?
With the smaller classes, it’s been easier to connect more with other students & even teachers too.

What is your favorite subject in school?
I would say P.E. because I like doing the group activities with our class.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for when you’re older, or after you graduate?
I would love to work towards something relating to a foreign language. I’ve taken a few Spanish classes before, so I am interested in other languages. Possibly something like a Japanese-to-English translator.


Wyatt L.
Options Indiana

Grade: 11th

Where are you from in Indiana?
Muncie

When did you enroll at Options?
I started with Options Indiana in 2020

Do you have any hobbies, passions, or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I love to spend my free time playing basketball or playing Xbox.

What is your favorite thing about Options?
Not having a specific deadline during the day to complete & submit my work.

What is your favorite subject in school?
P.E.

Have you improved in any areas since first enrolling at Options?
I’ve improved in English classes

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
I am going to become a sports commentator.


Hayden D.
Options @ HYCA

Grade: 11th
Hometown: Jeffersonville, Indiana

What has your HYCA experience been like?
It’s been pretty good. The physical fitness aspect hasn’t been as tough on me because I’m used to working out and being active. With school work, it’s also nice to have the support of teachers & the flexibility as well during our class periods.

Do you have any hobbies, passions, or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I like sports and really enjoy playing basketball.

How has Options @ HYCA been beneficial to you?
I’ve been able to become better at handling situations I face and being more level-headed.

What is your favorite subject in school?
History because I like learning about all the different things of the past

Do you have any current career plans or aspirations?
I want to enlist in the National Guard.


Sam J.
Options Indiana

Grade: 12th

Where are you from in Indiana?
My hometown is Fort Wayne

When did you enroll at Options?
I enrolled in January 2021

Do you have any hobbies, passions, or ways you enjoy spending your free time?
I really like playing my trumpet, and participating in bands, and orchestras, such as the Fort Wayne Youth Philharmonic, where I am the principal trumpet player.

What is your favorite thing about Options?
It was just the right school for me, because it is more flexible than most schools, allowing me to have a job during the day.

What is your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject is history.

Have you improved in any areas since first enrolling at Options?
I’ve improved the speed and efficiency of how I learn.

Do you have any current plans or aspirations for after you graduate?
I plan to go to the Purdue University Fort Wayne School of Music, to get a Bachelors degree in the Science of Music.

 

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