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Night school is an independent study that takes dedication, work to graduate

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If a senior in night school doesn't have enough credits then the senior doesn't walk for graduation.

Summer school - also known as night school - is used to make up credits, which are only used to make up required credits. The student has to be at least 16 to enroll in night school.

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"A student has to have at least 11 hours of seat time and do enough work to make up for that credit," said District Assessment Coordinator Shelli Walsh. "There is no punishment if the student doesn't show up or is not willing."

Walsh meets with the students' parents, and they have to have a new plan to make sure the student will graduate.

Most people don't qualify.

"It's mostly an independent study," said social teacher Mary Garlie. Only enrolled students can stay. Qualified students are those who have to be behind in credits in total credits to graduate."

Just being behind in one or two credits does not qualify a student. Students that dropped out, are pregnant, or have chemical issues can apply.

If students don't have the required classes completed then they don't walk with their class.

Helping with students' questions is one of Lisa Coborn's tasks. Coborn works with 9th through 12th grade English.

"It's hard to get the student motivated, If they are not willing to work," Coborn said.

Students can take physical education, English, science, math, and social. Students can get a makeup credit, if they have 11 hours per credit of seat time per credit and do the make up work.

During the school year, hours are from 4-7 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays. Students not willing to work during night school will not graduate with their class.

"Encouraging a student to show helps them show up more," Walsh said.

Dealing with pregnancies, chemical issues and dropping out can take a toll. With the help of teachers students should be able to pass high school and graduate.

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