Charter school aims to give troubled students second chance

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Marion County Juvenile Detention Center now has an alley in educating troubled teenagers. The Francis Marion Academy’s proposed charter school that would stop at-risk youth from re-offending was unanimously approved.

The school will start this fall at the juvenile center located in the 2400 block of North Keystone Avenue. The school could possibly open at Indianapolis Public School 37 in the 2600 block of East 25th Street.

The school will serve students in grades 9-12. In the first year the school predicts it will serve 96 high school students. Those numbers will jump to 296 in the second year, and 346 in the third year.

According to RAND Corporation, those that receive general educational and vocational training are significantly less likely to return to prison after release and more likely to find employment than peers who do not receive much opportunities.

The school would use that same approach to target teens that have been in trouble. The end goal is for the teens to get a diploma.

Funding will come from grants; not only education money, but money allocated to reentry programs and special education.

The school will also be working closely with IPS to make transitions back into home schools easy.

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