CLARK COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) -- For more than 10,000 students in Greater Clark County Schools, it's back to class on Thursday, July 27.

There are a few things Superintendent Dr. Andrew Melin wants parents to know, starting with some classroom changes.

"We're going to expose them to different career-based interests throughout their whole high school career," Melin said of the district's new partnership with "Ford Next Generation Learning."

"We're actually starting all of this down in elementary school in fourth and fifth grade."

This year, students can expect to see normal classrooms start to transform into career-focused academies.

"It's introducing them to different labor market demands that are out there, specific career pathways they can engage themselves in depending on their interests, their skills, their passions and exposing them to these opportunities inside of classrooms," Melin said.

Another new feature at GCCS this year is the "Here Comes the Bus" app.

"Whether they're waiting on the bus to come to their house to pick them up to take them to school, or 'What's the status of my child's bus as it's leaving school and getting closer to me?'" Melin said.

Parents can download it for free on their smartphones.

"Obviously, their children are their No. 1 priority, and we want to make sure we're making them feel as comfortable as possible knowing where their kids are," Melin said.

To find out which bus your student will ride, including the nearest bus stop, check the district's website. That's where parents can also fill out registration forms.

"That's really important," Melin said. "We want to make it as convenient as we can for parents to do that (registration) work online, at home, on their own time, as opposed to feeling like they have to come in to school and take all that time to physically complete the paperwork."

To access GGCS back-to-school information, click here.

Copyright 2017 WDRB Media. All rights reserved.