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Carpe Diem Schools


Carpe Diem Schools

JCCC to host dialogue with founder of Carpe Diem Schools 

Johnson County Community College will host a dialogue with Rick Ogston, founder of the nationally-acclaimed Carpe Diem Schools, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Hudson Auditorium in the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art on the campus of JCCC. 

Ogston will be introduced by Kansas State Senator Jeff Melcher (R-11). 

Outperforming all Yuma county schools for four straight years on the Arizona Instrument for Measuring Standards (AIMS) test, Carpe Diem schools are tuition-free public charter schools educating 6th- to 12th-grade students. Carpe Diem has achieved an average 92 percent proficiency and 40 percent advanced performance on Arizona’s math and reading assessments with per pupil expenditures at 60-70 percent of typical schools. The model blends individual digital curriculum with high-quality instruction. Students work at their own pace with daily assessments based on their individualized learning plan. The schools are NCA accredited. 

The first Carpe Diem school opened in 2005 in Yuma, Ariz., followed by schools in Indianapolis and Cincinnati. Another school is expected to open in San Antonio, Texas, in fall 2014. 

No registration is necessary and the event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, email Kate Allen with the JCCC Foundation, or call her at 913-469-3835