VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - The Virginia Beach School Board voted to approve the city's first public charter school, set to open September 2013.
According to a news release from the city, Green Run Collegiate will focus on college readiness and will be housed at Green Run High School.
Charter schools are independent public schools, allowed to be more flexible with curriculum and classes. Curriculum will include research-based college preparatory programs.
"Anytime you bring great teachers and great kids into an already rigorous program or an existing school, it's going to improve the environment and the culture of the school," Principal Dr. George Parker told WAVY.com. "The students will take courses at Green Run Collegiate will have an opportunity to be better prepared for college and career."
The school will enroll up to 100 ninth graders in September. If more than 100 apply, a lottery process will be installed.
"I'm all for it. I have a son that goes to Green Run High School and I'm all about the grades and college," parent Euphemia Nash said.
One grade level will be added per year, making the school fully functioning during the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.
All rising ninth graders are eligible to apply for the school and applications will soon be available online .
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