The Wayne County School District had their ribbon cutting for the new Star Academy. The state supplied a $900,000 grant to help students who are falling behind. The main purpose of STAR Academy is to be a "drop-out prevention" and "catch-up" type program that will be implemented in fall of 2017.
Crystal Bates, curriculum director with the Wayne County School District, says the initiative will help students that have been previously retained in any grade level in their academic career, focusing on eighth grade students. The academy is technology-driven, with no more than 20 students per class.
"Hands-on, kinetic activity, strategies," Bates said. "Everything is technology driven, it is group-based, and it is all about collaboration with your peers.”