Charlottesville Charter School Possible

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

December 20, 2005

There's a new type of school featuring the arts that may be making it's way to Charlottesville.

The school board reviewed a proposal to open a charter school in the city. It would be for students in 5th to 8th grade and open for anyone to apply. The hook is that children who struggle in school will have smaller classes, tutors, and more one-on-one work.

"There are a number of children in our system who need a smaller learning environment. They are of all races, classes and learning abilities. These kids need individual attention in a small, safe environment in order to learn and thrive," said Jenny Ackerman of Charlottesville.

The new school has many advantages, but a major concern is the budget. It would be the only charter school in the state to open as a new facility--where as the others simply converted.

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