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Tuscaloosa's Success Prep Academy at Oak Hill School selected as CLAS Banner School

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A Tuscaloosa City school for students in danger of dropping out has been named The Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools or CLAS Banner School.

Success Prep Academy at Oak Hill School uses a specialized educational model that includes wrap-around social services in a non-traditional setting to challenge students. In addition to increased rigor and high educator/student expectations, students are required to read a book about three poor boys from New Jersey who grew up to be doctors. Educators refer to students using their surnames building a climate and culture of mutual respect. Students also participate in community service projects. Before school meetings are used to motivated and encourage students.

"It such an honor for Oak Hill School to be selected as a CLAS Banner School for the second time in our recent history,” said Tyrone Blocker, Oak Hill principal.  “We are among 10 exceptional programs recognized in the State of Alabama.  This award speaks the hard work and dedication of all our stakeholders."    

Oak Hill joins Homewood High School as a CLAS Banner School. It was chosen for it's unique approach to preventing childhood obesity.

Homewood High started an "Incorporated Course" plan as part of its wellness policy. The plan includes Driver Education, a LIFE course, and a Health curriculum.  As part of the health and wellness curriculum, students are encouraged to complete assignments outside of the PE class, allowing for time in class to be focused on fitness. The physical education program is divided into three major areas: Cardio Fitness, Strength Training, and Recreation.

The goal of the program is to not only to impact childhood obesity in a positive way, but also create an atmosphere encouraging students to continue to be fit for life.  Parents are also included in school fitness classes both before and after school. The Incorporated Class ends with a community-wide 5K race and wellness fair.

All winners will formally received their honors at an awards luncheon in Montgomery in February.

CLAS was founded in 1969 by a small group of school leaders to provide targeted professional development and support for Alabama’s public school administrators.
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