Graduation boot camp helps Tulsa students earn high school diploma
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) – Many graduating seniors look forward to spending the next four years earning their degree, but for some hanging that diploma on their wall can’t happen if they’re just shy of the credits they need to finish high school.
Students like Guillermo Cortes are taking a boot camp at Nathan Hale High School with one goal in mind.
“It’s helping us get the credits we need to make up so we can graduate,” he said.
Principal Dr. Sheila Riley said they’ve struggled with graduation rates in the past and this year was no exception. That’s why they launched this program.
“It’s incredible and the students are really loving it,” she said. “Being able to come in, do their work, get it out of the way, it is just a heavy burden lifted off of their shoulders.”
Some seniors only lacked half a credit and others up to four.
In summer school, students typically can only earn two full credits, and it doesn’t even start until the end of June.
“For some of our seniors having to wait, it puts them at a disadvantage getting into college,” said Riley. “But this boot camp allows them to go ahead and finish those credits and get in line for a college. Having it earlier and giving them an opportunity to complete it gives them a better chance moving forward.”
The school did everything in their power to get seniors right on the edge to attend, even stopping by their homes. On that list, Cortes.
“I think it’s a great thing,” he said. “I appreciate. It’s a great help.”
After speaking with career advisers he’s thinking his major should be multimedia design, possible with a high school diploma.
Riley hopes the program will expand to other schools next year.
So far, 42 students are currently enrolled in the program. Out of that number, eight seniors have earned all of their credits and can now graduate. Seven more will earn the rest of their credits in summer school, which starts Monday.