Classic City High students overcome challenges, graduate

Twenty-eight Classic City High School students overcame social, academic and personal challenges to graduate Thursday in a ceremony at the historic Morton Theatre in downtown Athens.

 

“People might say it’s easy, but it’s not. This is an accomplishment,” said Classic City valedictorian Marlon Chavez.

Chavez, like many other students at Athens-Clarke County’s alternative school, credits the individual attention offered at Classic City for his success.

“Classic City puts more time and more effort into each individual student,” he said. “People say it’s easier, but that’s not true. We were challenged every day.”

Tiffani Knight, Classic City’s Teacher of the Year, echoed that sentiment.

“Failure is not an option here. We push and push our students until they succeed,” she said.

Classic City offers traditional instruction, online learning and a “blended model” that incorporates both. Along with small class sizes and dedicated teachers, the school is able tailor a curriculum plan for each student.

“We don’t just look at our students as numbers,” said Classic City Director Dr. David Cole. “We customize and personalize a learning experience for every student.”

Mimi Middendorf, the school’s graduation coach, is one faculty member who followed the graduates through every step of their journey.

“These students come to us with challenges that they are ready to face and address, and they want to get a diploma,” she said. “It’s our job to walk with them and work with them and help them in any capacity.”

In addition to a diploma, Classic City students also graduate with a new outlook.

“This school has taught me to take advantage of any opportunity given to me,” Chavez said. “I know I can work hard and accomplish anything.”

 

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