School sees success with early start time

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Three weeks ago Face to Face Academy said goodbye to its senior class. This week the charter school welcomed students back to school.

Face 2 Face operates year round. School is in session for five weeks followed by a week break. Executive Director Darius Husain says this model works especially for their students who need extra attention and who often come from traditional schools that have summer off.

"That (traditional school calendar) isn't working for our students so why do the same thing? We need to do something different with them and it has shown a lot of success," Husain said.

From Luverne to Minneapolis and Edina nearly 40 school districts and roughly 50 charter schools will also start before Labor Day. Like Face to Face they're hoping more class time will result in academic success.

Face to Face sees a 70-75 percent graduation rate and was named a high quality charter school by the Minnesota Department of Education last year.

Despite many of their peers still on summer break not many students are complaining.

"I actually hear the opposite. It's like 'we were really bored over those three weeks and we're really excited about being back in school,'" Husain said.


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