Students take control of their future at Crossroads

Shanda Ellis talks about her project at the recent open house.

Crossroads Charter School has been renamed Crossroads Academy, but that’s hardly the only change that has taken place.

The entire curriculum has switched to project-based learning (PBL), a philosophy that includes student generated curriculum.

“There’s been a shift, along with the name, from credit recovery to project based learning,” Lowrie Fisher said.

Fisher is the dean of students and lead teacher at Crossroads. Other staff include administrator Jan Cope-Kasten and assistant Debbie Hanson.

Fisher explained the stigma is often that a charter school is a school for poorly behaving students, but that is not the case. The school is helping students that may struggle with the regular classroom setting. Students are able to learn at their own pace and in their own work environment.

To read the entire story, see the Dec. 24 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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