Crim Open Campus is first APS high school class of 2014 to graduate

by Leslie Rivera, Communications Officer
lrivera@atlanta.k12.ga.us

Atlanta Public School students from the New Crim Open Campus High School became the district’s first graduating class of 2014. Students received their diplomas Friday May 23 at Atlanta’s Civic Center.

Crim helps to ensure the success of students who may find it difficult, for various reasons, to reach their potential in a traditional setting. The school enables each student to experience accomplishment, a feeling of belonging and confidence in setting goals and making life choices.

Crim High School graduates often overcome tremendous odds on their quest for a high school diploma.
Crim High School graduates often overcome tremendous odds on their quest for a high school diploma.

Saundra Windom, Principal of Crim Open Campus wants the story of Crim told in the Atlanta community.  “I am honored to expose the best kept secret in Atlanta, The New Crim Open Campus High School.  It is true that every child can learn but some students need a different setting, a second chance or additional support.  Fortunately our district has the foresight to offer students a non-traditional school that meets all of the academic requirements for graduation.  Crim students are finding success in an environment that offers flexible hours from 8am to 8pm, credit recovery, credit acceleration, Saturday School and a full service daycare and clinic.”

Crim prepares students to be college and career ready through their comprehensive curriculum which also offers seven career pathways with some leading to certifications.  All students must complete at least one pathway such as Small Business Communication, Construction, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Engineering /Technology, Graphic Arts and HealthCare Sciences.  The school can also meet the needs of students requiring advance courses as well.

Amyia Harper, age 34, was among the graduates receiving her diploma and awards during Friday’s ceremony.  A non-traditional

Crim Open Campus High School not only delivers a program with academic rigor, but also the social and emotional support  needed to build resiliency.
Crim Open Campus High School not only delivers a program with academic rigor, but also the social and emotional support needed to build resiliency.

student who realized the value of obtaining her high school diploma, she is also an APS parent with a son at Douglass High School.  Ms. Harper’s perseverance embodies the spirit of Crim Open Campus High School.

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