On the wall of an office used by the Operation Graduation team at Schenectady High School, a large and busy grid of student schedules covers most of an entire white board. A dozen student names run across the top, with a column of nine class periods below each one.
The students are scheduled for lunch and orchestra, reading, gym and studio art. But the most common listing filling the grid is two letters: “In.” For much of each day, the students are “in” the suite of space used by Operation Graduation -- formerly a woodshop and technology classroom. Room C9. There, in five or 10-week runs, they get the focused teacher attention and social supports to catch up on schoolwork and learn the skills to stay on track through the rest of high school.
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