MIDDLETOWN, OHIO (January 30, 2019) — Marshall High School, a local dropout recovery school operated by Oakmont Education, recently welcomed Ohio Senators William C. Coley and Steve Wilson and State Representative Sara P. Carruthers for a tour and informative visit. The state legislators had an opportunity to meet with students, faculty and members from the Oakmont leadership team to learn about the school’s mission and current performance.

As a dropout recovery school, 98 percent of Marshall High School’s student body is classified as “opportunity youth,” which means they have not succeeded in traditional school settings. The average Marshall student reads at a fourth grade level at the time of enrollment, and 38 percent of students have a documented disability. 

“A school like Marshall High School is badly needed because what works for one student doesn’t necessarily work for others,” said Senator Coley. 

Marshall High School offers flexible scheduling and personalized, self-paced learning to help re-engage students. Focused on Career Technical Education and job placement, the school also provides hands-on training and industry credentialing opportunities. After touring the school, the legislators met with Dr. Jerry Farley, Oakmont’s executive director of the Career Tech program. Farley gave an in-depth presentation of the school’s academic model. 

“Our education model prepares students for the workforce,” said Farley. “They are offered the opportunity to major in one of the five areas: construction, healthcare, IT, manufacturing and early childhood education. Through Marshall’s Career Tech Education, graduates are prepared to enter the workforce.” 

This aspect resonated with the legislators, who are invested in both opportunity youth and the community at large. “Schools such as Marshall High School provide a pathway out of poverty and into the workforce. It’s a place that brings hope to students who have struggled in their traditional high school careers and teaches them what it takes to succeed,” said Representative Carruthers.

Marshall High School is a nationally accredited high school with 295 students enrolled.