A unique charter school is providing alternative Pathways in Education to students struggling to complete their education.

The school, Pathways in Education in Nampa, Idaho, offers a nontraditional schedule, with most students taking only two or three classes at a time, according to English teacher Carrie Cook. Each class is comprised of five education packets which students must complete to receive credit.  It is possible for students to finish a course in as little as two weeks, or take more time if needed.

The school in Nampa is just one part of the national organization.  Currently 146 students are enrolled which is half its capacity.  The school opened in August. Students learn through independent study and small group instruction.

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The charter school is a solution for students who do not fit in a traditional public school. “There’s a vibe in here that’s nothing like other schools,” said Diego Prieto, who had to leave his former school and made up lost credits within a few months at Pathways..

Cook says that the vibe is related to the positive atmosphere maintained by staff.  Students call their teachers by their first names, and teachers work to be encouraging.

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