The GRAD program serves 9th-12th grade students who have struggled to be successful with traditional school. Students who need and qualify for alternative education are served through the GRAD program which is based on the campus of Asheville High School. Program services are designed to support students in the least restrictive environment. A student-centered approach within the tiered-program model and schedule allows for innovation and non-traditional opportunities. GRAD staff assist students with academic, behavior, attendance and mental health issues that have impeded their success. The program also offers smaller-class sizes, case management services, personalized education and the pathway to graduation framework which emphasizes students earning high school credits and graduating from high school.
GRAD students have the opportunity to access and complete the 22 required Future Core Course and Elective Credits in order to earn a North Carolina High School Diploma (for more information see the NC DPI checklist For 9th Graders Entering in 2012-13 and Later at http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/curriculum/home/graduationrequirements.pdf.