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North Valley School for Young Adults student receives second chance to finish high school
Located on Mapleton’s Skyview Campus, North Valley provides a place for students, aged 17-21, who are credit deficient, a new pathway to educational success by offering an opportunity to get back on track. Students may have a variety of reasons why they couldn’t finish high school, from health issues to problems at home, but their goal is the same: recommit and earn their high school diploma. In a typical year, the school graduates about 30 students.
Miguel took two math classes, and one each in English, the humanities, and financial literacy. Because of North Valley’s accelerated system, he was able to earn his credits in the first quarter of 2022, in half the time it would have taken him at MESA. And thanks in part to the school’s staff, he finished.
“What students find when they choose to come here is that it’s a small community full of staff who care about them, and who will hold them accountable,” said Michelle Barrott-Jackson, the post-secondary options coach at North Valley. “They can’t always find that at traditional schools and need people to get in their face to keep them on task.”
Miguel confirmed his teachers stayed on him, even texting him outside of class to ask if he needed help. He appreciated it and, when he still had moments of doubt, he would look at his pin for motivation.
He said he felt great when he finally finished all his credits, but he was initially unable to fulfill his pact after someone broke into his car and stole the pin, among other items. Thankfully, the staff at MESA had an extra pin and will make sure he has it to pin on his tassel when he walks across the stage on May 20.
Miguel thinks Mrs. Chapman would be happy he finished, and he has a message for anyone like him who is on the fence about whether to graduate.
“North Valley was a good resource for me. I’d say for anyone who is considering it, sit down, analyze your dreams, make a plan, and follow it,” he said. “Root for yourself and you’re bound to be successful.”
Miguel is now working toward a jewelry license and would ultimately like to own multiple jewelry shops to earn enough money to support his entire family.