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Richland One Program Offers Dropouts a Path to High School Diploma

Destiny Daniels plans to graduate from Richland One's Evening High School in January. Destiny Daniels plans to graduate from Richland One's Evening High School in January.

By: Storey DeBrew

Richland County School District One is trying to raise South Carolina's high school graduation rates.

It's the only school district in the Midlands to offer evening high school classes. Evening high school is designed for high school drop outs under the age of 21 to get their high school diploma.

Most of the program's participants work during the day, so the evening classes are easier for them to attend.

"I work two jobs during the day, and then come here at night. I still want to go to college, and this seems like the best way for me to do that," said Destiny Daniels.

Daniels currently attends the evening high school program.

"I had to drop out of high school to help support my family since my Mom got sick," evening high school student Destiny Daniels said.

"We try to provide our students with a way to get their diploma when other things in their life come up," evening high school coordinator Kerry Abels said.

Depending upon the number of credits needed, the program usually takes students at least two years to complete.

The classes last four hours a night, five days a week.

The district has graduated 96 students since the program began in 2006.

It's have also seen an increase in enrollment each year since they started.

"At the beginning of each term, we find students are eager to get back in the classroom," Kerry Abels, Director of Evening High school said.

At least 50 drop outs enroll each semester.

Richland One's Evening High School is held at W.A. Perry Middle School off of Two Notch Road.











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