Granger High School – 2019 Transformation Award Winner
For helping at-risk students close academic gaps, improve attendance, and reach their full potential.
Granger High School (GHS) in West Valley, Utah, implemented the Construction Youth Mentorship program, an initiative that provides both credit-recovery classes and hands-on trade education to help at-risk students graduate.
The mentorship program helps 12th grade students who have fallen behind in their coursework by providing FuelEd’s online credit recovery courses during the first half of the school day. During the second half of the day, the students receive hands-on training in fields that will help them obtain employment after graduation. Students acquire skills that will transfer to many fields including construction, electrical, automotive, carpentry and plumbing, all of which are taught by specialized teachers onsite at the district’s technical institute.
Benjamin Anderson, the assistant principal at GHS, says the program has helped many students who lack support at home and have struggled to keep up academically in their traditional courses. These students may not have graduated if it wasn’t for the school’s intervention.
“Students have improved their attendance, work ethic, attitude towards school, and many other things in the process of being part of our program,” said Anderson. “Students have also gained self-confidence and the support of their classmates.”
Additionally, participation in this program has resulted in a 75-percent increase in attendance by the students enrolled and has increased the school’s overall graduation rate by 2 percentage points.
About the Transformation Award
The Transformation Awards recognize schools, districts or organizations that are successfully transforming the way teachers teach and students learn. Granger High School was one of seven programs honored in 2019, out of more than 2,000 school districts nationwide, for modernizing the way K–12th grade students experience education.
Each Transformation Award winner uses Fuel Education’s portfolio of online courses and adaptive learning tools to meet the varying needs of their students, who represent different demographic, economic and geographic backgrounds. The winning programs use online learning to overcome challenges in unique and inventive ways, whether through providing students with the means to earn a high school diploma after dropping out, filling teacher vacancies, helping students recover credits, differentiating instruction based on real-time progress data or providing students with access to a wider variety of elective courses.
“Education is not one-size-fits-all, which is why Fuel Education works to provide unique solutions that meet the needs of unique students,” said Russ Roselle, senior vice president at FuelEd.
“The winners of this year’s Fuel Education Transformation Awards are creating incredible opportunities for their students, meeting their students’ immediate academic needs, and going above and beyond by using digital curriculum and content to provide unparalleled personalized learning experiences,” said Roselle.