The Charlottesville Community Charter School has been proposed to help deal with the school system's achievement gap. According to the proposal, the school would provide an alternative and innovative learning experience for "at risk" kids in grades five through eight.
Students would be eligible to attend the school if they are two or more years behind in reading and or math, have a D average or below in two or more subjects, lack motivation or social connections with their peers, or qualify for free or reduced lunch.
The idea is expected to appeal to the parents of kids who are academically challenged, as well as parents who just want alternative learning methods for their kids.
"I'm interested in having my kids have the opportunity to learn in a more experiential way, not everything being geared to test taking," commented Pia Adler, a parent of two who recently pulled her kids from the school system. "The charter school would definitely be a school I'd consider for my children, and I'd love to see more choices in Charlottesville," added Adler.
Members of the School Board say they would also like to see more choices for students and will take a close look at the charter school proposal.
"If it's really going to make a huge difference for our kids, it's our job to support it," said School Board Vice Chair Julie Gronlund.