Jackson Learning Lab, an on-line option for middle and high school students, began in the fall of 2010 with 10 students. Today there are over 115 enrolled. Two students have already graduated, and 4 more are expected to graduate before the end of summer. We project the enrollment to nearly double, yet again, for the 2012-13 school year. Our students come from every school district in Jackson County. We have a diverse population, and serve students who are seeking an education they can earn anytime, anyplace, and at any pace. Many of our students have jobs, children, and an array of family responsibilities that make consistent school attendance impossible. Others are seeking an education that allows them to outpace their peers and explore options in the vocational and college setting.
Dr. Roxana Hopkins is the Director of the lab. Dr. Hopkins began her career as a 7-12th grade teacher in a small rural community. She then spent 10 years working for the Michigan Department of Education traveling across the State assisting districts, focusing on school improvement initiatives for at-risk students, gender equity, and civil rights compliance.
Dr. Hopkins next spent 6 years as the Assistant Superintendent for Student Achievement at Jackson Public Schools. Her desire to ensure options available for students for whom the traditional setting isn't working led her to retire and found the Jackson Learning Lab. With the support of, and in collaboration with, Suttons Bay Schools, Dr. Hopkins has led the initiative to make this on-line choice a reality for the students in Jackson county.
"I appreciate the flexibility of scheduling, the availability of tutoring, advice, and the professional yet creative standards of the JLL program!" -Laurie Snow, Parent.