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School board gives Polaris the go-ahead
POULSBO The North Kitsap School Board of Directors gave the final green light to the Polaris Project, North Kitsaps first attempt at establishing small learning communities for high school students in the area.
A unanimous vote by the board was met with cheers from high school administrators and those in attendance at Wednesdays board meeting.
Its very exciting, said NKHS assistant principal Christy Cole, who helped start the program and will continue to oversee Polaris when it begins in September. Its the start of a new era in education.
NKs first small learning community will be housed in the soon-to-be-finished high school H building, and already has had more than 120 students sign up for the program. The aim of Polaris is to provide a more intimate and integrated opportunity for high school students and is one of the goals in the School Districts Guiding Principles, the guide NK educators drafted for educating students in North Kitsap.
Cole estimated that out of the 123 students already signed up, approximately half of the total are incoming sophomores from Poulsbo or Kingston junior high schools and some 40 percent are current sophomores. Only 10 percent of that total are current juniors, she added. The programs capacity is about 220 students, Cole said.
A lot of kids are waiting to see if other kids will do (Polaris), Cole commented.
Applications will be accepted up through the end of June.