GRANTS PASS, Ore-- REACH or River's Edge Academy Charter School is starting it's 9th year in Southern Oregon.
Cecile Enright is the Founder and Executive Director of the school. She started the school to help kids that didn't fit the mold of traditional schooling. "These are families and students that didn't want to spend their time in the regular classrooms setting. That wasn't the right fit for them." said Enright.
Now her school is almost full and one of the reasons she created this new location in Grants Pass. "Probably within the next week we will have way more applicants then we will have room for." said Enright. She adds that 50 percent of schools come from Josephine County. This location will be easier for those students to get to.
Enright told NewsWatch 12 this is a personalized learning school. It is now attracting a different type of student. "The reason why they are leaving a traditional classroom setting is, because they want more time to dedicate to their art." said Enright.
"I've been going to reach since 4th or 5th grade" said Ava Ferris is one of those students dedicated to an art. "We switched because I do full time dance and so it gives me a lot more flexibility." said Ferris.
She dances for 5 or 6 hours a day, which wasn't possible before. "It has made my life a lot easier with dance, because I can do it kind of on my own schedule instead of having to work around school for dance." said Ferris. She adds that she can also travel more for dance now. "All of the dance I want to do." said Ferris.
Enright says the new school will open on September 19th. Some students are currently at the Rogue River School until it opens.