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Duval County Schools Target Overage Students

9:49 PM, Jul 27, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  Duval County is targeting overage students who have been held back at least twice with another classroom option.

The Schools for the Future Academy is opening next month and is busy recruiting 100 students who have enjoyed mixed success in school.

Future Academy is located in Springfield on the Bridge of Northeast Florida campus, 1824 North Pearl Street.  This summer the school is holding an open house plus orientation sessions for prospective students.

"I think what we offer different is just more individualized, personalized support," said principal Michelle Joseph.

Joseph says two teachers will assigned to classrooms of 18 students.  Each student will have their own lap top computer, plus mentors and tutors are part of the school day.

"We realize there are a lot of obstacles for them to overcome," said Crystal Bennett-one of  three counselors.

One estimate is that 4,000 Duval County students have been retained two or more times.

The Schools for the Future is holding an open house on Wednesday, July 27, starting at 3:30 p,m.  The school has 25 more openings to fill for students either in the 7th, 8th or 9th grades. 

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