Why did the Pulaski County Special School District name its School of Innovation DRIVEN: A School of Opportunity? Cambridge and Oxford dictionaries define a “driven” individual as “someone who is so determined to achieve something or be successful that all of their behavior is directed toward this aim. It is a person who is relentlessly compelled by the need to accomplish a goal or very hardworking and ambitious.” And as the word opportunity implies, the PCSSD is providing the framework for students to do great things and follow their individual passions to achieve successful careers or college degrees after high school graduation through this unique program.
Our goal through DRIVEN is to provide your student with a quality education that provides flexibility of learning pace and allows students to have more voice and choice in planning their educational pathways. All policies and procedures outlined in the PCSSD Student Handbook will apply to DRIVEN students. The following additional guidelines will be helpful to you and your student as you decide which PCSSD educational pathway will serve your educational needs through DRIVEN.
Taking Advantage of the Opportunity
Interested students need to contact their principal or counselor about applying for DRIVEN. In order to be successful in the program, students must be willing to take ownership of their learning. The program requires students to put in the time required to:
- spend time with teacher mentors
- independently work at school and home
- willingness to participate in internships and projects
- complete a digital portfolio related to their area of interest
- undertake a Capstone project or culminating activity that is presented to a panel of experts.
Students must be willing to make a one-year commitment to the program. Students must also be willing to take part in an atmosphere that includes online and face-to-face learning; as well as, work at their own pace to master rigorous content.
In order to envision something new, we reimagined learning. We created a system designed to meet all learners where they are and that allows each student to reach his or her full potential through mastery of core knowledge as well as the skills and dispositions that promote lifelong success. In this flexible, personalized system, the student is at the center of all learning opportunities, and experiences are intentionally designed to support, challenge, engage, and excite. Students will master the core competencies that will lead to careers or continued academic endeavors.