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New Cary high school accommodates flexible schedules

Posted April 19

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Life is busy, but a new Wake County high school is designed with those busy schedules in mind.

For Wake County school leaders, the new high school building is the next thing in innovative learning.

"We see this program (as) being reflective of the ever-changing, wide-ranging needs our students have," said Drew Cook, Wake County schools' senior director for high school programs. "We see it as one more option student (and) families have to choose from."

In the fall, the county's newest high school, Crossroads Flex, will open, and, like the name implies, it will be tailored to students with flexible schedules.

"It's for any student who needs that flexible schedule because they're training for junior Olympics or because of their work or family situation," said Tamani Anderson Powell, director of marketing for Wake County Public Schools magnet programs. "Perhaps they are a teen parent and they need that flexibility, or their family needs them to work and they need that flexibility."

Students will be able to choose from a mix of online classes or face-to-face instruction.

"We really see it as providing the best of both worlds, instructionally," Cook said.

Educators say the flexible school isn't for everyone—they need to be driven and motivated—but 100 students are expected to enroll for the school's opening.

Crossroads Flex will offer early morning and evening classes for the student on the go.

An information session for interested parents and students will be held Wednesday nat 6 p.m. at the central office on Dillard Drive in Cary.

Applications are due by April 29.


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