Frequently Asked Questions

What is LOC?

What does LOC do?

Isn't LOC just like other schools?

When I enroll at LOC does that mean I'm no longer enrolled at my home school?

Do I get a separate set of LOC grades on my transcript?

Does LOC teach anything that I can really use in my life?

Isn't LOC a school for slackers?

Why do LOC students have no assigned homework?

Won't I miss out on all the great extracurricular activities at my home school?

Does LOC have just required classes or do I have the choice of taking elective classes, too?

Are teachers at LOC going to have enough time for me? I need extra help to learn a lot of things.

Am I going to be able to do computer-based learning at LOC?

How do I find out if I can go to LOC?

When I'm done with all my class credits, do I still have to pass OGTs to get a diploma?

I've heard that LOC can schedule classes around my work schedule, is this true?

When I graduate, do I get an LOC diploma or a SHS diploma?

Will you still help me after I graduate?

What do students who have attended LOC say about it?

 

Q. What is LOC?

A. The Learning Opportunities Center (LOC) is an alternative high school operated by OIC of Clark County, a non-profit Community Action Agency serving residents of Clark County.

Q. What does LOC do?

A. LOC provides a unique, individualized learning environment for those students who need to catch up on credits so that they can graduate with their class.

Q. Is LOC just like other schools?

A. LOC is not like your home school. It's smaller (usually less than 125 are enrolled), class material is accelerated, and there are no passing grades lower than 77%, so you have to be committed to success. It is not a free ride. However, LOC teachers care about your success, and they will go to extraordinary effort to help you graduate.

Q. When I enroll at LOC does that mean I'm no longer enrolled at my home school?

A. No. Students remain enrolled in their home school district during their enrollment and participation in the Learning Opportunities Center.

Q. Do I get a separate set of LOC grades on my transcript?

A. No. Your grades from LOC are a part of your grades at your home school. Grades received while enrolled in the Learning Opportunities Center program are reflected on the student’s home school district transcript.

Q. Does LOC teach anything that I can really use in my life?

A. LOC will also prepare you for the real world. Unlike a lot of conventional schools, LOC requires completion of our intensive workplace readiness program, CEYA - Career Education for Young Adults. There are also plenty of other real-world skills taught at LOC from math to computer skills.

Q. Is LOC a school for slackers?

A. Absolutely not. They might have had problems keeping up before they enrolled at LOC but once enrolled, they have plenty of work that must be completed in order to stay here and succeed.

Q. Why do LOC students have no assigned homework?

A. All work is done in class, even though the course material is accelerated. This approach not only keeps with the way the real-world workplace operates but allows our students the time outside of school to work and to take care of their families and outside responsibilities.

Q. Will I miss out on all the great extracurricular activities at my home school?

A. Not unless you want to. Students may continue to participate in all extracurricular activities offered by their home school district (in accordance with district and state grade minimum policy).

Q. Does LOC have just required classes or do I have the choice of taking elective classes, too?

A. LOC offers both required class credits and plenty of electives to choose from. Each term offers different classes but generally there is something for everyone among the electives offered. See our alternative learning page for a short list of examples.

Q. Are teachers at LOC going to have enough time for me? I need extra help to learn a lot of things.

A. The Learning Opportunities Center Alternative High School offers a low student/teacher ratio providing individualized attention for students who may require extra help or guidance.

Q. Am I going to be able to do computer-based learning at LOC?

A. The Learning Opportunities Center Alternative High School provides a computer lab for students to use for educational purposes and there are a variety of computer classes offered as electives. LOC is not a computer-based curriculum. Classes are taught by teachers.

Q. How do I find out if I can go to LOC?

A. There are some basic requirements that you can review on our eligibility page, but most students who need LOC are able to enroll.

Q. When I'm done with all my class credits, do I still have to pass OGTs to get a diploma?

A. Yes, you will still have to pass OGTs just as you would at your home school. LOC has plenty of practice tools and preparation materials to help you get through your OGTs, and we also set aside a special block of time for each OGT-bound student so that they can use those tools effectively.

Q. I've heard that LOC can schedule classes around my work schedule, is this true?

A. We feel that until you graduate, school needs to come first, so although we will make every effort to help you coordinate your school and work schedule, we will expect your employer to understand that getting your diploma is the first priority. Your employer needs to be flexible in their scheduling, as well. Overall, students find that we are able to be much more flexible with class scheduling than many home school districts can be.

Q. When I graduate, do I get an LOC diploma or a SHS diploma?

A. You get the diploma from your home school, not from LOC. Whether you come from Springfield High School or any other County school, you will graduate from that home school, not from LOC. However, we do have an LOC graduation ceremony every spring for those students who wish to participate. Many students either cannot (or do not wish to) participate in their home school's graduation. Also, some students prefer to participate in both their home school's and the LOC graduation ceremonies.

Q. Will LOC still help me after I graduate?

A. Absolutely. OIC is a CAA, a Community Action Agency. We have all kinds of programs that can continue to help you after graduation. Arguably the most important of these is our network of job placement resources. Anytime you need help finding a job or developing your career, you are welcome to come to SureHire and talk to the same people that you already know from LOC and they will help you find the right job. OIC has other resources, too, so contact us any time and we can find you the right help.

 

To see what our students have to say about LOC, see our testimonials page.