EASLEY – A new charter school will offer an alternative source for education for students in Pickens County.
Intense Charter School, which will be located at The Dream Center of Pickens County (formerly Simpson Alternative Center), was approved by the South Carolina Public Charter School District at the end of September and is slated to open in August of 2014.
Betty Roe, who is with the planning committee for Intense Charter School, said the school will focus on problem-based learning and will provide nutrition, fitness and career education.
“It has not been an easy process,” Roe said of getting official approval. “We kept at it and the board saw our vision and approved us.”
Roe said the goal at the new school will be to welcome any student who has not seen success in the traditional classroom setting.
“All students are welcome at Intense Charter School,” Roe said. “We are targeting children who have not had a good experience in the traditional school environment for whatever reason. We’re going to have smaller classes and that is going to be a big plus for students here.”
The school will host students in grades 5-7 in its first year, and students in grades 5-8 in its second year. Roe said Plans will aim to start with 120 students with a goal of eventually reaching 280 students, according to officials.
“They will get fitness, nutrition and career education every day, and all of this is done through problem-based learning,” Roe said.
An informational meeting for anyone wishing to learn more about the school is set for Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. at Capt. Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library in Easley.
Roe said a lottery will determine which students are accepted to the new school if more students apply than slots are available.
Roe said the school will seek non-profit status and will look for financial support by way of grants and other means.
The deadline for application to the school is set for March 31, 2014.
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