Local students embrace year-round school

Local students embrace year-round school


by ANN SHERIDAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on June 11, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 11 at 11:27 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- School is officially out for most kids in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, but not for everyone.

 Four schools are still in session, offering “continuous learning,” or year round schools. 

At Bruns Academy, on Bruns Avenue in Charlotte, students will remain in school this week and then take a small break before starting again in July. 

While you  might think the kids at Bruns could feel cheated out of summer, teachers and administrators say that’s not the case. 

“Sharing that this is an opportunity that other kids don’t have and looking at it as a positive… has helped,” said Principal Mary Weston.

Stacie Gallman-Gobah and Amanda Lane co teach an kindergarten/First Grade class at Bruns.

“At the beginning of the year only five kids were at or above grade level,” said Gallman-Gobah.

“Twenty one are at or above grade level now,” she said as she read down her list of students who did well on recent testing.

Debra Rabb is one of the standouts in the class.  Her reading and literacy level surpassed expectations after a year in the continuous learning school.

“It’s good because we get smarter and get an education,” she said.

Bruns literacy rates improved in the double digits, according to Weston.

“It means they have bright futures, bright futures,” said Gallman-Gobah.

Weston says the school’s math scores still need improvement, but the school is starting a STEM program to help boost those scores, she said.

“The more they’re in school, the better,” said Lane.