He said parents have asked what sorts of diplomas students will be able to earn, but the same opportunities are available to them as if they went to a traditional high school. He said the Core-40 diploma and academic honors diplomas will be available.
But he said the typical New Tech graduate leaves high school with about 25 dual credits, which he said can offset some of the cost of classes in college.
The district’s board of trustees has repeatedly brought up the point of not detracting from its traditional high school while promoting the new academy. Allred said he also thinks that’s important.
“I think we have to be careful not to discount the traditional model,” Allred said. “I think there are some people who will really be drawn to that. It’s all about school choice. Are we going to offer our kids and people in our community the kinds of education choices that will help the community flourish? I think that’s where we are in Clarksville and we’ll be able to do it.”