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NWI TIMES: New Gary charter school OK'd

on Friday, 17 December 2010
NWI TIMES: New Gary charter school OK'd

The Office of Charter Schools at Ball State University has approved an eighth charter school in the city.

The Gary Middle College, designed to serve the needs of nontraditional high school students, will open in fall 2011. It will be housed at 21st Century Charter School at Gary, 556 Washington St. The school will be in session from about 4 to 9 p.

Gary Middle College, run by the same company as 21st Century Charter School, will open next year as the city's eighth charter school. The Ball State University Office of Charter Schools authorized the school on Wednesday and granted a charter for five years. Public charter schools like Gary Middle College receive state funding but are afforded freedoms in curriculum and teaching styles.

The charter is designed as a night program and will serve students who find difficulty adhering to a traditional schedule.

NW TIMES: Community supports eighth Gary charter school

Dozens of people came out to support an eighth charter school in the city. The 21st Century Charter School, 556 Washington St. near downtown Gary, has a proposal before the Office of Charter Schools at Ball State University to open Gary Middle College next fall. The university hosted a public hearing Tuesday night.

Two new charter schools in Northwest Indiana, Discovery Charter in Porter, and the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology in Hammond, have gotten off to a great start, principals say. Located in the shadow of the Indiana Dunes, Discovery Charter uses the environment as its playground, including a trail students explore as part of their schoolwork.

Principal Karen Poplawski said students already are showing success in assessments with 70 percent meeting and exceeding goals. She called charter schools a piece of the public education puzzle.

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