Chicago Charter Network Specializes in Dropouts

Chicago's progress in lowering the dropout rate is in part because of a network of charter schools around the city that provide small, alternative programs that specialize in serving students who have dropped out or are considering dropping out of school. "It's like a second home for me," said one student about her experience in such a program at CCA Academy. Teachers with these programs offer understanding and a high level of support and encourage their students to grow.

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