Highland Park teens start new year in schools outside home

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 7, 2015 at 10:21 a.m.



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HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) — The last high school in a troubled Detroit-area district has closed, sending about 160 students into new classrooms this week.

Nearly half of the former students from Highland Park Renaissance Academy are enrolled in Detroit schools. The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/1M4320d ) reports that teachers and administrators are trying to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School hopes to revive wrestling and marching band, which were important to Highland Park students. The gym and pool have been upgraded.

Another Detroit school, Central Collegiate Academy, is getting Highland Park transfers. Principal David Oclander, an Army veteran, says safety is important. When students feel safe, he says, learning becomes comfortable.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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