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November 29, 2012

Redefining education

Harris Academy offers alternative concept

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BROWNSBURG —

“People think this school is for dumb kids, trouble makers, and pregnant girls, and you know what, it’s for everybody. It’s for students with low GPAs. We have a child center. We try to be everything to every student every day. We had a student from Avon last year with a 4.3 GPA. We have a lot of non-traditional thinkers, artists, singers, painters, we have a lot of racers from in-line skating to a BMX bicycle girl from Avon that graduated last year. We have sprint car racers, even a student who drove a top fuel car. The requirements to come here are for students that want or need to learn a different way.”

Tamara Mizdalo is a senior at Harris who says her education is important but she has other things on her plate as well.

“Last week I went to class from noon to 3:30 p.m. and went to work before and after that,” she said. “If you have a job interview, they’ll let you leave 30 minutes early or something like that if it’s important to go. You teach yourself to be on task. The future is closer, so you try to be prepared. There are some people that come here because they don’t want to be around that many people or got bullied or mistreated by some people and they just want to come here and get away.”

Mizdalo says the self-paced learning style works for her, as she’s seen her GPA rise 1.2 points in less than a year. After graduation, she plans to attend IUPUI to pursue a degree in marketing.

Fellow senior Alli Silvey echoes Mizdalo’s sentiments.

“When I went to Brownsburg my grades were so low I would have had to go to another school and transfer, but my grades are up so much I can go straight to a college now,” Silvey said. “You’ll fall in love with this school. You don’t get chances here, you get opportunities. It really is true.”

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