The Ritzville School District recognized Kimi Bolton during its regular board meeting on June 21 as the first graduate from The American Academy.
The district partnered with The American Academy to offer an alternative learning program. Principal Deborah O’Brien explained that the diploma is equivalent in all ways to those presented during graduation on May 30.
"She is the perfect example of why we chose to create an alternative learning program," O’Brien wrote in an e-mail to The Ritzville Adams County Journal on June 22. "She was unable to attend school because her work hours conflicted with school hours.
"Given the opportunity to complete a couple of courses online, (Bolton) has earned her diploma… (She) earned the same number of credits and met standard in all state tests."
O’Brien added that the district will continue its partnership with The American Academy in the 2010-2011 school year.
She said, "It has allowed our district to provide an educational setting for students in our district and from around the state that needed an atypical setting in order to pursue their educational goals."
Originally posted on the Ritzville Journal.