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Viroqua Area Schools will be opening a new charter middle school in the fall of 2018 with the plan of serving up to 24 students in seventh grade in the first year. The second year the district plans to double the enrollment as it includes eighth-grade students. The school’s curriculum is based on a collaborative design that inspires learning within the classroom and throughout the community. Students interact, experience and grow in a hands-on project-based learning environment. Emily Gostonczik has been hired as the Grade 7/8 Program Teacher.

The school will be organized around collaborative learning seminars in which standards from multiple subjects are orchestrated into a solutions-based project for students. In addition to classroom teachers, a plan will be developed as a part of the curriculum to recruit guest instructors and place-based opportunities within the community to work with students. Locations such as a farm lab, Vernon Memorial Hospital, Organic Valley, or a natural site like the Kickapoo Valley Reserve can all serve as learning centers.

The district envisions a charter school designed to emphasize hands-on learning through authentic performances. Students will engage in a rigorous academic curriculum. The school plan includes the goal that students begin their high school careers motivated, creative and prepared to be successful as individuals and as valuable team members. More information, including registration and enrollment dates, will be shared in May.

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