The Owensboro Innovation Academy opened its doors for the first time today, welcoming just over 80 freshman students. As the first high school in Kentucky to be a part of the national New Tech Network, OIA focuses on project-based learning where students immerse themselves into hands-on projects as a way to actively learn valuable subject material.
“The school isn’t a traditional high school. It’s more like a college experience,” said Beth Benjamin, OIA Director.
Students from Owensboro Public Schools, Daviess County Public Schools and McLean County Public Schools attend the school. The program expects to enroll about 100 freshman each fall with an enrollment goal of about 400 students by 2018.
OIA is located on the lower level of the Centre for Business and Research on 1010 Allen Street. Members of the staff and district administrators ensured that the school was ready to welcome students to a new learning environment on the first day of classes.
“OIA provides some of the most unique learning environments around,” Benjamin said. “The students have been incredibly impressed with the look of their new school.”
The Owensboro Innovation Academy will host an open house from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday. Jan. 10 at the school located at 1010 Allen Street.
Owensboro Public Schools, Owensboro Health and Kentucky Wesleyan College cut the ribbon on the new Owensboro Track and Field on Wednesday, August 16, located between the Owensboro Middle School South and the Owensboro Middle School North campuses on South Griffith Avenue. OPS, Owensboro Health and Kentucky Wesleyan College put their financial resources together to make the track possible.
Thanks to some guideline changes in community eligibility provision, all Owensboro High School and Owensboro Innovation Academy students will receive a no cost breakfast and lunch this upcoming school year. OPS students preschool through eighth grade and Gateway Academy students already receive a no cost breakfast and lunch.
The Owensboro Public Schools will be launching a new innovation model targeting middle school students for the 2018-2019 school year.
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