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Cascades High School
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Second chance for kids who have struggled; child care for students' babies
Cascades is an alternative school that offers small classes and lots of attention for older students who have struggled in school. The atmosphere is pleasant and adults seem to get along with the kids.
Paul Rotondo, who became principal in February 2005, has a good rapport with both students and staff. The school was orderly and students seemed happy during our visit. Rotondo say most students graduate within about a year and a half of arriving. The school has a barebones curriculum designed to allow students to get their high school diploma as soon as possible. However, there are some activities that an ordinary school would have, like a prom. A social worker provides support to students who need it. One downside: Attendance is poor.
Housed in a building that is more than a century old and that was constructed as an elementary school, Cascades shares space with Forysth Satellite Academy and a GED program. A LYFE (Living for the Young Family through Education) center offers child care for children of high school students. There are also English classes for adults.
Admissions: Students who are 16 years old or older with at least 10 credits may apply. (Clara Hemphill, March, 2013)