duPont Manual and the Youth Performing Art School has an excellent education program taught by a talented and dedicated faculty. Our school is committed to providing each student with an education in which rigor and relevance is the norm, creative thinking is encouraged, and ideas are critically analyzed and evaluated. High school is a special time. It is a time of academic and personal challenge as well as a time to make important decisions about future plans. One of our goals at Manual/YPAS is to serve and challenge all of our students.
Manual/YPAS students benefit from the following:
Each unique magnet offers a wide range of academic classes, including the largest number of advanced placement courses offered in the state, five foreign languages, and a variety of college preparatory electives.
College enrollment during the day is possible for upperclassman through the University of Louisville. In addition, students can take advantage of numerous dual credit offerings available through local universities and colleges.
Manual/YPAS optimizes instructional time by following the "A/B" block schedule. This schedule offers four courses on "Red Day" and four courses on "White Day" with classes meeting for 90 minutes. This allows instructors to delve further into material than the normal 55-minute block.
The M.A.C. lab was a combination of efforts from multiple teachers and staff members. It combines Manual’s old academic enrichment program; Academic Enrichment for Manual Students (AEMS), and the learning lab into one space. “We’ve always had a great team of people that work on ways to better our school and ways to benefit more students,” Todd said. “This idea was born after a lot of conversation and seeing needs and places where we could do a little bit better in the school." There are many opportunities
for students to visit the M.A.C. lab, including during their Study Skills block. “There are different ways that students can come to the M.A.C. one being from their study skills. Teachers can send three at a time after having a purposeful conversation with the student about why they need to go to the M.A.C. and what they will be working on. Or if a student has trouble in a certain class their teacher can contact me and I’ll get them started with a peer tutor or a teacher,” Todd said. “Students need to be here with a purpose.” The new addition to the school is thought to be beneficial and the students and staff involved in making it happen are very hopeful for its success. “I think that it’s going to be very beneficial because of how organized it is and how concentrated students have to be to be in here,” Malarie Davis (12, HSU) said. “This is much more definitive than going to the library and hoping that someone is there to help you. I am excited to see where this goes and hope students take advantage of the opportunity.”
Although the year has just started, the M.A.C. lab is already available for students in need. “I would like to invite every staff member and every student in the building to stop by and check it out,” Todd said. “Our vision is to make it an all-inclusive welcoming space for students to get extra support and to make it very college-like. We’re doing great things and it’s going to get even better. We want students and staff to really be a part of this and I believe it’s going to take things to the next level.”