The first graduating class of Camp Verde Alternative High School will receive their high school diplomas during graduation ceremonies Thursday.
The ceremony will be at the Camp Verde Unified School District office, 140 Camp Lincoln Road, at 7 p.m.
Alternative High School Teacher Cecy Gilbert said that of her 15 students, four would receive diplomas.
"We're proud," Gilbert said. "They had the tenacity to come back to school and finish the program. That's what makes it worthwhile."
Gilbert said that the alternative high school is for students who were unable to finish the traditional high school curriculum for various reasons.
She said that the graduating class, age 18 and older, "Were unable to finish their high school programs for reasons beyond their control, but the alternative school offers them a chance to finish with a high school diploma instead of a general equivalency diploma."
The alternative high school is a cooperative effort of the Camp Verde Unified School District and the superintendent's office of Yavapai County School's.
Gilbert said that Camp Verde Unified School District furnished the supplies and the classroom facility and the funds and the county pays salaries for one teacher and a teaching aide.
Speakers during the graduation ceremony will be the alternative high school principal Jim Taylor, Yavapai County School Superintendent Dr. Paul Street and Special Education Coordinator Dr. Amber Lee, who coordinated the establishment of the alternative high school.
Gilbert said that the alternative school's curriculum is computerized instruction, independent study and traditional textbook application.
"So many students don't finish high school for whatever reason," Gilbert added. "But these students made the commitment and finished the program. We are proud of them."
If you are interested in attending Camp Verde Alternative High School, call the school's office at 567-8076.
Classes are held morning until noon, Monday through Friday in the old elementary school building by the Yavapai College Camp Verde campus.