Education

CMS expanding non-traditional high school

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is relocating and expanding a nontraditional high school that serves students who haven’t succeeded on a typical campus.

The Performance Learning Center is currently on North Graham Street near uptown and has 162 students. It will move in fall 2015 a few miles north to the Derita neighborhood and enroll as many as 400.

The move was approved by the school board Wednesday night as part of its student assignment plan. The rest of the plan set boundaries to fill four new elementary schools and put a new science, technology, engineering and math program at Kennedy Middle in the Steele Creek area.

“The comprehensive high school experience is not for everyone,” Deputy Superintendent Ann Clark said Thursday.

Students at the Performance Learning Center use a “blended learning” method, which involves students using computers to progress through coursework with instruction from the 11 teachers the school has on staff.

On Thursdays, students go out into the community to volunteer.

The school also has an “e-Learning Academy” for high school students taking all online courses.

The cost of the move and the expansion will be about $536,000, the district said.

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