Imagine a school with a state-of-the-art fabrication lab. The students have designed and built a custom speaker for Adam Savage (of Mythbusters fame) and created the awards presented at a business association banquet held at Heinz Field. The curriculum is heavily biased towards project-based learning and even features occasional Shark Tank style presentations of student products in front of local business leaders. It sounds like the story of a highly selective and STEM-based magnet school. Maybe a private academy? While the students at this school have been pooled from across school districts, they were not the ones who had been thriving in their home classrooms. Instead the student population is largely made up of alternative education students, therapeutic emotional support students, students with disabilities, and students who have not behaviorally conformed in their own schools.
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