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Local alternative high school gets some national attention

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One local school is getting national recognition for how it's helping at-risk students succeed.

The Rebound School of Opportunity in the West Ada School District received a Transformation Award from Fuel Education.

It received the award for giving students a second chance to earn their high school diploma in a flexible learning environment.

Students attend school five days a week, but they have a choice between morning and afternoon sessions.

They also report to one of three virtual learning labs to work on online courses.

"Our kids come from all different backgrounds," said school counselor Kelbie U'Ren. "They have all sorts of living situations. We have students here who are teen parents, social anxiety, maybe they've gotten into some trouble in the past, but this is a second chance for them."

For us, and for me, when we see these kids be successful, and we can see it, we can slowly see the transformation, when we start to see that, we just glow. We just love it," said Principal Michael Hanneman.

Since open in 2010, 117 students have earn their high school diplomas through Rebound School.

More information can be found here: https://www.westada.org/rso


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