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  •  Our high-schooler is in a Charter (1+ / 0-)
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    School for kids that fall through the cracks in conventional schools. They have about 100 students. They do have a sort of focus on a standardized test--a proficiency test that requires all seniors in our state to reach at least 10th-grade level skills. This school pushes the kids to achieve a higher score on the test by the time they graduate. They retake the test in an effort to score in the upper level (score of 4 or 5).  It also has a portfolio requirement for graduation. They have strict behavioral codes but also foster a friendly atmosphere. The school reserves the right to ask students to leave if they don't maintain adequate attendance and are passing at least 90% of their classes. They have a very good program for kids with special academic needs. The calmer, smaller environment (she was in a very large inner-city high school) is good for my daughter.

    •  Glad you have and chose an option... (0+ / 0-)

      that sounds like it works for your daughter.  Thanks for sharing!  

      In California we have what are called "Continuation Schools" that focus on working with kids that have crashed and burned in the regular system.  Give that they often have more latitude than a regular school.

      Cooper Zale Los Angeles

      by leftyparent on Fri Jun 17, 2011 at 06:01:10 PM PDT

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    •  I love the portfolio. (1+ / 0-)
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      I think it's great for kids, younger and older, to learn how to develop portfolios of their work. It teaches them to appreciate their own work and to figure out how to make choices that best express their abilities.

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