Ghazvini Opens Doors to More Students

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Tallahassee, Florida --

The Ghazvini Learning Center in Tallahassee will now be taking on a new role. The school has formed the Success Academy. It helps students who are behind in class catch up.

The Success Academy was formed as a direct result of Life Skills closing. Life Skills provided a place for young adults to get their G.E.D. or catch up with the rest of their classmates, and graduate on time.

Every charter school has a school board of its own. The Life Skills Center board decided not to renew it's contract back in May.

After a lengthy process, the school board called on Ghazvini to help.

Beverly Owens is the Divisional Director of Special Programs for Leon County Schools. She said, "They weren't really satisfied with the support they were getting And approached the school district with the idea to serve the students that they had already been serving... Their board chose to close."

Starting this fall students from Life Skills, and all over Leon County can go to the Success Academy on Ghazvini's campus.

Principal of Ghazvini, Joe Pons, said, "We're providing opportunities for students that may have missed out on certain credits that they needed to stay on track towards graduation... this allows students to get caught back up and to hopefully graduate with their cohort group which we know how important that is."

Pons and Leon County Schools say it gives students more confidence when they can graduate with their classmates. The Success Academy on Ghazvini Learning Center's campus will be separate from the second chance school.

Pons said he is glad they are giving these students a chance.

He said, "to make a decision to do what's right for these students, in spite of these very, very difficult budget times."

Students can now enroll in the Success Academy at Ghazvini. For information call: (850) 488- 2087


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  • by not quite Location: Tallahassee on Jun 21, 2011 at 07:30 AM
    Unfortunately, Life Skills was under the impression for some time that the district would be picking them up after June 30, which is when their parent company White Hat was releasing them from contract. Staff were promised priority interviews for their jobs under the district, and they were told that the school would be moving into the old Bellevue building. After months of allowing the media to facilitate rumors of Life Skills closing, the district finally told the staff of Life Skills that they were just going to merge their students in with the already existing Ghazvini, and jobs would dissolve. I am glad the students have a place to go, but it saddens me that their options are being limited and that they had to go through so much upheaval this past year. These students have already dealt with many obstacles and transitions, and the way this change was made without their knowledge or input must be very frustrating.
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on Jun 20, 2011 at 04:01 PM
    This is great to hear.
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