Guam - Southern High School and Oceanview Middle School will soon implement a new reform program come next school year. Officials from Johns Hopkins University are on island to meet with school officials. According to regional manager for talent development for secondary schools Tara Madden, this is the second time they've been here with hopes to jumpstart the program at Oceanview and create a 9th grade academy at Southern High.
She told KUAM News, "We're here to help plan for a 9th Grade Academy with curriculum to support students who are below the grade level in reading and mathematics and then career academies for students in grades 10th to 12th that provide a lot more relevance to keep students engaged and keep them in school and more support for curriculum and instruction for our students."
Former Southern High Principal and Guam Education Board member Johnny Rivera came up with the idea to implement such a program nearly ten years ago.