New Albuquerque Charter School Helps Students Drop Back In

A new kind of school is being launched in New Mexico for students who have fallen behind.

Colegio Sin Fronteras will be launched as a pilot project of the Robert F. Kennedy Charter School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Most of the students expressing interest have fallen behind, lacking the necessary credits to graduate and find traditional high school does not suit them. Educators will teach a computer based core curriculum, but the school will also include mentoring, work study, and community service programs. Prospective students must complete a three-week orientation to be considered, and every nine weeks participate in goal-setting seminars.

Opening next month, the new charter school will lease space from the Sante Fe public schools, and will pay for its own maintenance, computers and software, and staffing expenses. The school will also incorporate ideas from students.

Shelley Cohen, the Co-Director of the Sante Fe Partnership for Communities and Schools explains:

This school is not about sitting behind a desk and listening to a teacher. This is their school.

[via Sante Fe New Mexican]

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