April 04, 2011
Seeking to “rebrand” its alternative high school and boost long-struggling student performance, a rural North Carolina school district used its share of federal school improvement funding to roll the dice and literally start from scratch.
The goal was to transition the newly coined Anson Academy, an alternative program serving 100 sixth- to 12th-graders, from a school serving a custodial purpose to one with flexible options that would keep students engaged.
Thompson's NCLB Advisor
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
School Improvement Grant
Anson County School District
Superintendent Greg Firn