Va. district opens virtual school in shopping mall

06/16/2013 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

As part of a strategy to help struggling students receive their high-school diplomas, Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia has opened a campus at a local mall because the location offers late-evening and weekend hours and is easily accessible by public transportation. Besides offering flexible schedules, the school has six full-time teachers, social workers, counselors, a psychologist and a nurse to support students and keep them focused on coursework. Forty-nine of 51 students are scheduled to graduate. Two students moved before completion of the program.

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