"Teaching and learning of the intended curriculum for all students” is the first priority of the Learning Center. To accomplish this priority, the Learning Center provides an environment that is safe, orderly, allows for productive classrooms, and reinforces personal productivity."
Established in 1973, the Learning Center has been an integral part of the Fremont Public Schools for thirty-one years. It is an educational program for students grades 8-12 who have not found success in the traditional school. The program is highly structured with strict attendance, behavior, and progress policies. Referrals are made by school counselors and administrators when an area of concern interferes with a student's ability to graduate. Enrollment can occur at any time during the year. Students currently enrolled in the Fremont school district are eligible for enrollment. Students fulfill district graduation requirements and receive a Fremont Public Schools diploma.
Students are required to attend one of two three-hour daily sessions. Approximately 25-30 students attend each session. Fifteen hours of employment each week are required for students sixteen years of age and over. Students are placed on one of four teams with staff members as team leaders. Under the guidance of the team leader and in partnership with parents, students are required to set three goals: academic, social skills, and vocational.
The academic goal is the amount of credit students must earn each week to reach their desired graduation date. A minimum credit of 2.00 each week is required. Student progress toward these goals is checked and recorded weekly.
The social skill goal addresses the behaviors that initiated enrollment. These may include improving attendance, improving peer relationships, accepting authority, completing a specified amount of homework, avoiding any behavioral referrals and using class time wisely.
The vocational goal focuses on workplace skills, weekly employment, post educational goals and future employment opportunities.
The individualized, self-paced curriculum addresses learning styles and allows students to regain lost academic credit. Work must be completed with a "C" or better grade in order to receive credit. Self-esteem building and group cohesiveness is built into daily activities.
Students are encouraged to volunteer in the community. Each senior is required to complete 10 volunteer hours as part of a Senior Plan.
The classes taught include English, business, health, vocational, math, science, and social studies. The staff includes four classroom instructors, a vocational counselor, a senior office associate and a classroom aid.
The Learning Center Mission states: "The Fremont Learning Center will ensure educational achievement for non-traditional students, enabling them to become self-reliant, problem solving citizens who are proponents of lifelong learning."