Gallery: Atwater Valley Prefab School For At-Risk Students Opens in Mer...

Atwater Valley is an alternative school that caters to the diverse needs of at-risk students, and it makes sense that a non-traditional school should have a non-traditional design. After leasing office space nearby commerce center for years, Merced County decided it was time to build dedicated space that could meet the needs of the school, except they needed to complete it in 6 months in time for the 2011-12 academic year. The school district turned to Gen7 Schools, who builds prefabricated, state-of-the-art, high performance, green classrooms. The new school opened at the end of September and is now a 22,000 square foot, sustainable, solar powered campus.

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  1. lazyreader October 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    At-risk students are students who are not experiencing success in school and are potential dropouts. Not every charter school is good, but the beauty of competition is that bad ones go out of business, while good ones expand. Then good schools teach more kids. Choice and competition produce quality. Government schools rarely improve because no matter how bad they are, they still have “captive customers”. School spending has doubled over the past 30 years. Yet what do we get? More fancy buildings (like the one above) and more assistant principals and more bureaucracy. f you graph the numbers, the spending line slopes steeply, while the lines for reading, math and science scores are as flat as a corpse’s EKG. Charters let them escape the bureaucracy of regular schools, including, often, teachers union rules. These schools compete for kids because parents can always choose another school. That makes them better. No politician wants children to think for themselves and to be innovative, that’s why republicans and democrats don’t change the school systems, we are taught that capitalism is evil from age five to eighteen. Teaching that free market capitalism is the engine that will inspire and fuel the talents of these young kids who liberals think are out of reach or not “smart enough”.

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