Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 • Informational meeting held tonight regarding early college/high school

As a way to see what kind of interest students and parents have in Lassen Academy, Lassen Union High School District and Lassen Community College will be holding an informational meeting regarding the early college/high school that could open next fall.

The meeting will be held at 7 tonight, Tuesday, Dec.  7 p.m. at 814 Cottage St, where Credence High School was once located.

Lassen Academy will provide students the opportunity to enhance and broaden their career choices by offering a rigorous academic environment where they will graduate with both  a high school diploma and an associate degree making them more competitive in the job market and ensuring transfer to a California State University.

Students would be required to earn 21 high school credits, some would be dual credit classes where credit would be earned at both high school and college for the same course, plus students must complete additional college credits for an AA degree in university studies with an emphasis in social science.

The Lassen Union High School District Board of Trustees approved its creation during a Tuesday, Nov. 9 meeting.

According to LUHSD Superintendent Dr. Todd Cutler, county school superintendents at were asked to identify their highest achieving eighth-grade students and sent invitations to them. The top 25 students or so in the LUHSD were also identified and invited to the meeting.

He also said anyone who has questions or concerns regarding Lassen Academy are invited to attend.

The meeting will provide a description and other information regarding the school and will then close with a question and answer session.

Even though the LUHSD board approved the school and informational meetings are being held, Cutler said it didn’t necessarily mean the school would begin.

He said if there are not enough students or interest, then the school will not be opened.