Helping foster young genius
According to Alesco School vice principal Gail Wallace, “there is a genius in every child.”
“We have a strong belief that every kid has talents and strengths and we’re in a position where we can work on those,” she said.
The independent not-for-profit school has been running for five years, offering a Year 10 program for students who for one reason or another do not fit into the mainstream education system.
Next year they will also be running a Year 9 course for the first time.
The school is auspiced by ACE North Coast Community College and is accredited by the NSW Board of Studies.
“We have come from a point of realisation that mainstream school doesn’t suit all students, therefore there is a strong need for other options,” Ms Wallace said.
The school also works on a lower student-to-
teacher ratio than most schools in the region.
“The more attention they can get, the better the outcome. The kids are often from places where they didn’t have that attention.”
Teacher’s aide Keshet Cohen said the school had given students some hope for the future.
“They seem to come out of here with an idea of what they want to do and a stronger sense of self. They see that life can be good,” Ms Cohen said.
Applications for enrolments for 2010 are currently being accepted on 6621 4275.