LS R-7 to host Parent Information Night for new Innovation Track on Jan. 30

// Posted By Janie Rohlfing

Program for 2017-18 allows students to earn up to 30 hours of college credit at limited or no cost

The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District will host a Parent Information Night about the district’s Innovation Track, a 2018-19 program providing next year’s high-school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to earn up to 30 hours of college credit at limited or no cost to the student and his/her family. The event, which is open to both parents and students including current sophomores and juniors, will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Lee’s Summit North High School Performing Arts Center, 901 NE Douglas Street.

The Innovation Track, approved by the Board of Education in December, is a partnership between the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College (MCC) and the University of Central Missouri (UCM). Students will attend courses at the MCC-Longview campus with the school district providing transportation from their home schools. Sophomores and juniors at all three R-7 high schools began learning about the program in early January with enrollment for 2018-19 taking place Feb. 20, 21 and 22.

The Innovation Track is designed to offer the following to students.

  • A jump start on higher-education degree completion thanks to reduced cost and time to degree completion.
  • A quality education provided by partnered institutions.
  • Access to college and university resources including full student privileges at higher-education institutions.
  • A seamless transition to becoming a MCC or UCM full-time student.
  • Greater flexibility and a competitive advantage for R-7 students among their peers.

The credits earned by the local students through this program will be guaranteed to transfer from not only  MCC to UCM but to virtually any public post-secondary institution in Missouri.   

To qualify for the Innovation Track, students must have a grade-point average of 2.5 and have scored 18 on the ACT. The school district will offer scholarships for the cost of tuition and textbooks for students who qualify based on eligibility for the federal free/reduced lunch program (based on family income). Other students in the Innovation Track will pay for their tuition and books with MCC working to extend the dual credit rate for this program allowing them to experience a 50 percent reduction in cost.

For more information, visit https://www.lsr7.org/sites/innovation-track/.

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