Oregon Eagle Learning Center graduates record number

By: 
Kari Myers

Only 75 percent of high school freshman walk the stage and receive their diploma on time, four years later.
 
The Oregon Eagle Learning Center is a charter school that caters to that opposing 25 percent of students at risk of dropping out or who have already dropped out. The school helps students achieve success by allowing them to work at their own pace, on their own time, and in a way that suits them.
 
Started in 2006, this is the center’s first year being independent from the sponsorship of Oregon City Schools.
 
The center offers in-class settings and online schooling for 16-21 year-olds who would not be able to receive their diploma in a traditional school setting, whether it be because they are working multiple jobs to support themselves, because they started a family and must be able to support their family, or simply because they work at a separate pace that traditional schools can’t provide.
 
This year, the Eagle Learning Center graduating class included a record-breaking 20 graduates. School officials note that five more students may also receive diplomas by the end of the summer. In order to be a high school graduate for the present year, students just have to complete the graduation requirements prior to the start of the next school year.
 
The 2019 Eagle Learning Center graduating class includes Amber Mahoney, Erica Hovey, Taylor Miller, Mack Seiment, Justus Robaszkiewicz, Hunter Wolf, Katera Amborski, Makayla Lampros, Lauren Williams, Sianna Bermajo, Mason Sakac, Anastacia McLennan, Faith Rodriguez, Richard Galloway, Quentin Ranson, Nathan Stange, Jazlynn Wheeler, Sierra Smith, Dalaiziah Fordham and Makayla Lintner.
 
Last year, eight students received diplomas, however, in past years, the number of graduating students has varied greatly.
 
Makayla Lampros, a former student who graduated this year, attended the school after having her son at a young age. She wanted to finish school earlier in order to focus on being a mother. For the sake of graduating a year early, Lampros took online classes and land-based classes.
 
“I think it’s a good school if you have a busy life as a teenager,” Lampros said. “As long as you’re focused and hard working.”
“These are students who would not have otherwise obtained their high school diplomas at all, and we could not be more proud of them,” Suzanne Brewer, Board President, Eagle Learning Center said.

 

 
 

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