The Battle Creek Area Learning Center, also known as Calhoun Community High School (CCHS), has been providing high school students in the Battle Creek area with an alternative choice for years.
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The mission of Calhoun Community High School is to provide a safe, healthy, supportive learning environment for students who have not found success in traditional high schools. At CCHS all students, with the support of staff, work to achieve their academic potentials and establish life goals, which include both employment and continued learning, as they become responsible citizens in a global community. Without Calhoun Community High School, many of the students are at risk of never finishing their high school education.
"CCHS is a safe and orderly place to learn, where more one on one attention can be devoted to the students who chose our school. We are less concerned with four-year graduation rates but very concerned that all of our students find a way to graduate at some point. Our community knows that the community as a whole is better off with high school graduates who are prepared for the next phase of life rather than more and more high school dropouts," said Tim Allard, the Superintendent of CCHS explaining how the Battle Creek area benefits from having a choice like the Learning Center available as an option for alternative education.
CCHS differs from a traditional high school in various ways. They require fewer credits and offer many support services, including as much individual attention as any student might need. They are a Title I status school, and have the support systems needed to overcome truancy, discipline issues and many other factors that get in the way of their students finding success in high school.
When CCHS lost its authorizer last year and was faced with the possibility of closure, the school board reached out to Bay Mills. Both the community and the school board did not want to see their program die due to a lack of a charter, and to the benefit of the students in the Battle Creek area - the mission continues.