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Mobile gets Alabama's first charter high school

On Wednesday, dozens of prospective students and their families took part in orientation at the ACCEL campus. (WPMI)

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MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) -- Mobile is now home to Alabama's first charter high school.

ACCEL Day and Evening Academy will provide local students with another option outside of Mobile County public and private schools.

On Wednesday, dozens of prospective students and their families took part in orientation at the ACCEL campus.

Jadeyn Sylvester, future ACCEL student and incoming freshman, was excited about the possibilities.

"I think if I come here, I will learn better and it'll be a safe environment," said Sylvester.

Judith Williams, Sylvester's mom, said they tried Mobile County public schools but were unhappy.

Williams said they have been looking for other options for high school.

"I put her in private school. She did very well with smaller class settings and she was on the honor roll. She's doing good so I expect her to do well here too," Williams said.

At ACCEL, 20 teachers will be instructing around 300 high school students in roughly a dozen classrooms.

Students will be provided college preparatory curriculum geared around smaller, personalized classes.

Dr. Jeremiah Newell, School Superintendent at ACCEL, said technology will also be a big focus.

According to Dr. Newell, classes will be tailored around students' needs and will be offered in the day and evening.

"Educators and education have to continue to get better. The challenges are huge," said Dr. Newell, "We think if we can continue to create better places for learning and training then, collectively across all our schools, we'll only get better."

ACCELL officials said they plan to eventually build elementary and middle schools as well.

Classes begin August 21 and spots are still available.

If you're interested in applying, you can do so by going to the ACCEL website.

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