Alternative school still strong thanks to new contract


An alternative high school in South Bend almost lost funding last summer after a dispute over using public funds for faith-based learning. But a 4-3 vote from the South Bend Community School Corporation in August, kept the Crossing Education Center running.

Now, nearly halfway through the school year, students at The Crossing are on track to graduate. One student may even graduate early.

Before high school, Christian Troupe, now a Senior at the Crossing, thought graduation might not be an option.

"Basically, my behavior at public school wasn't where it should have been. I was getting into fights all the time, being disrespectful," said Troupe. "My grades went from D's, a few C's, now I'm on honor roll and I plan to graduate early this year sometime."

For students like Troupe, a high school diploma is in the cards. And it's thanks to a continued partnership with South Bend Community Schools that it's possible.

The new contract did mean some changes, including a new transition process. Students unable to finish at public high schools will first go through Rise Up Academy. If that option fails, the Crossing is the alternative to the alternative. A new contract also means a cap on the number of students in the classroom. The Crossing can accomodate 82 students.

For more information about the Crossing, click here for a link to its website.


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