“To assure every Newark City Schools student the opportunity to pursue and complete education after high school.”

Eighth Grade

The PEAK Program sponsors eighth grade early college awareness activities that reach more than 400 students in all three Newark City School middle school buildings. Outreach at this grade level focuses on three priorities: career education, financial literacy and expanding college knowledge. The main activities are:

  • 3C's (College, Careers and Cash). During 5 lesson plans and using a specially designed workbook, every eighth grader is introduced to the basics of career exploration. A portion of the programming, utilizes the online resource, Ohio Career Information System (OCIS). By the end of the programming, students will discover career clusters, take interest assessments, complete a budgeting exercise and explore pathways, as well as programs and majors at our local campuses.

  • Reality Store. A financial simulation game in which the students assume an adult identity and for purposes of the game, each is randomly assigned a level of educational attainment, an occupation, monthly earnings and certain life/family characteristics (married, single, children).  Through participating in Reality Store and the two classroom lessons that precede it, students learn some valuable lessons: how to budget, how much it costs to live, that education is highly correlated with earning power, and most importantly, the serious financial consequences of dropping out of high school. 

Did you know?

Ninety volunteers from our local community, Central Ohio Technical College, Denison University, The Ohio State University at Newark and Park National Bank assisted with the 2022 Reality Store, helping over 400 eighth graders understand the important link between education and earning power. 

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