I got behind after dropping out, and when i went to treatment I got more behind. But the school we went to while in residential treatment was trying to give me a ton of credit for the time I was there, along with 2 credits just for being in treatment. They told me I could leave there with 25 credits, give or take 2. This school requires 21.5, and a regular public school would be 27.5. I thought going to an alternative school would be a quick few months of getting 2 or so credits & graduating. But Northwest Passage rejected all of my treatments schools credits & threw away a ton of other ones I earned at my old school. So instead of starting off with almost enough to graduate, I got 15. Im a SENIOR with the credits of a SOPHOMORE, where I definitely have earned the credits I dont have. Not only that. a full year here gets you around 5 credits, I have 4 months. The project based learning means you have to think of your own project to do so you can maybe get a half credit when you finish. My teacher in one class gave me .10 because I didnt respect her, but gave everyone else .50 credits. This place is a DAYCARE with internet access.
I hate this school. I came here after falling behind in mainstream school to try to make up credits, then transfer back. Then I hear about countless stories of student's credit not transferring. I need help with things. I want to learn, and no one here will teach me. I need help writing papers, among other things, I ask for help and explain that I can't do it, and yet the teachers assign me papers and offer no support or guidance. Not to mention, we have an hour long workshop everyday, which students do not earn credit for. I ask for any help on where to begin to transfer schools, and all of the teachers are talking to you, persuading you to stay. I just wish I never would have fallen behind in mainstream school.
This is the greatest school i have ever been to, all the teachers are nice and it is less formal than other schools. The project based learning is great, and everybody fits in. Nobody is left out at all, and there is no bullying, i was bullied in andover high and oak view middle school, everyone was mean, but here nobody is mean.
It's a friendly environment, small classes, personal attentions, and a project-based learning curriculum that works the best I've found for me.
I am a former student, and I am very grateful for this school and schools like it. I, like many other angst-ridden teens, had fallen through the cracks at two different public high schools. If it wasn't for this school and the amazing teachers, who knows where I'd be. They offer life-changing and eye-opening field trips to many destinations. I've had the pleasure of going on two of these and they were experiences I'll never forget, as well as the lessons I learned on these trips. Thank you CRLC, Gary, Kay, Jamie, and all the teachers I didn't include.
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