Currently, East Campus students and teachers meet at the Muscatine Community College campus. Through the partnership, the high school students have access to the college science and computer labs. Since its inception, East Campus has become known for allowing students to learn in a nontraditional environment.
MCSD Superintendent Jerry Riibe explains, “Typically, kids that are at risk would be considered for the East Campus program as juniors. But we have come to realize that for some of these kids, that is too late.”
The high school implemented 9th Grade Academy last year. The program is designed to help at-risk students succeed in the high school setting. Students take classes in a more sheltered environment and are able to focus on their classes.
First, “Muscatine High School is moving to become a Diploma Plus school. In other words, in the future, our hope is all students will leave high school with a diploma and a certification, credential, or progress on a path toward continued education.”
Riibe explains, “It is not a cancelling of a program, but more of an evolution of the program.” In addition, MCSD plans to add seven mental health positions district wide, “ranging from guidance counselors, therapists, and teachers trained to work with students who may need some additional support.”