Alternative school a good fit for senior
Seventeen-year-old Sarah Walker won’t say she wouldn’t be graduating with her class if it weren’t for the alternative school.
What she will say is that it would have been a difficult road.
Walker was a good student, but not a happy one. She’d go to school in the morning, leave for lunch and not come back.
She didn’t like some of her teachers and her peers annoyed her.
“Their opinions didn’t exactly agree with my opinions,” Walker said of her teachers. “They were always on your case. They were always in your face.”
So Walker enrolled in the Moffat County School District’s Alternative School. She finished classes in December and will graduate with her class in May.
“I wanted to walk with my class; that’s why I went to the alternative school,” Walker said.
She finished in five months at the alternative school what it would have taken her a year to do at the high school.
“It was just a faster way for me to get it done,” she said.
Walker said she’s not an example of a student who “needs” the alternative school. She has friends who would have dropped out of high school, failed because it wasn’t flexible enough or are pregnant. Those are students, she said, who need the program. None of those are her issues, she insists. Walker said she would have never dropped out of high school.
But, her differences with teachers were leading to heated discussions that made no one comfortable.
Once enrolled, Walker found the teaching methods at the alternative school were what she needed.
“Some kids don’t need a teacher, they just need to do it,” she said.
“My attitude going there was better. They just left you alone and let you do your own thing and they’re always there to help when you ask.”
Plus, she was able to keep her part time job at Kmart, something that’s important to her so she can save for college.
Walker plans to take some time off from school and then will enroll at Colorado Northwestern Community College. Eventually, she would like to go to Kent State in Ohio and study either physical therapy or electronics.
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