In Worthington, we take great pride in the fact that we offer many learning experiences that are different from those offered by school districts across Ohio and beyond.

In Worthington, we take great pride in the fact that we offer many learning experiences that are different from those offered by school districts across Ohio and beyond.

Starting in 1971, when the community opened Linworth Alternative, Worthington Schools created a program that engages students a little differently by creating choices and requiring higher levels of responsibility. You may have heard about the Walkabout program, where Linworth seniors, after they meet graduation requirements, are able to test their skills and abilities beyond the classroom, and apply them in the adult world of work.

These experiences can happen in Columbus, and have often taken students across the world. They've worked in diverse fields such as sex trafficking reform, urban ministry, the You Tube music industry, marine biology, graphic design, and on alternative fuel and automobile engineering.

Linworth students are independent learners with a strong desire for knowledge and commitment to community service.

At Phoenix Middle School, our own Worthington teachers came together to create a school where seventh- and eighth-grade students have an opportunity to engage in Mastery Learning. Phoenix combines a traditional middle school experience along with a focus on critical thinking, global education, fine arts, wellness and community interaction.

With support and guidance from teachers, students must demonstrate all essential knowledge and skills of a specific course before moving on. Phoenix offers an extended school day to allow students and teachers to collaborate and make each student's educational experience as meaningful as possible.

New this school year is the Worthington Academy. Whether it is credit recovery or an opportunity to graduate early, this high school integrates technology, online learning and personalized instruction at the student's individual learning pace. This is a great option for Worthington high school students who are looking for a different educational environment beyond the typical classroom.

If you are interested in more information about any of these programs, feel free to contact the individual school and schedule a tour. We have also created a video on our Worthington Schools website that features students, parents and staff from each building.

You will be amazed to see first-hand the great learning that is happening in each one of these programs.

Superintendent's notebook is provided to ThisWeek Worthington News by the Worthington City School District. Trent Bowers is the district superintendent. He can be reached at tbowers@wscloud.org.