ANDERSON — In two weeks, class will begin for Anderson's new alternative school, The Crossing Educational Center. Now it just needs to find a home here in the city.
During an informational session Tuesday night at the Geater Center, Principal Nate Lowe said officials have six options, including empty school buildings, and are just negotiating prices.
He expects The Crossing to settle on a location within the week.
Approved by the Anderson Community Schools board in April, The Crossing targets students under the age of 19 who have either dropped out, been expelled or are struggling in a more traditional school setting.
Students who take classes at the center will attend two sessions, one likely from 9 a.m. to noon and the other from 1 to 4 p.m. The times will be finalized once a location is selected.
Lowe said students take one class at a time, typically finishing it in about 18 days, working at their own speed. On average, students finish 10 credits per year on a four-year academic track.
A junior in high school, Renita Goins said she wants to attend The Crossing to go her own pace. Plus, she doesn't do well with all the drama.
"Some go to school for friends," she said. "I want to go to school to get out of school."
She wants to do "what I'm supposed to do" and focus on education.
Lowe said public schools like ACS are required to educate every student who walks through the door.
"Some of the students walking through that door" just don't fit, he added. That's where alternative options like The Crossing come in.
"We do life first, school second," Lowe said.
ACS has suggested students to the center, but those interested can fill out an intent-to-enroll form at www.crossingeducation.com.