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Falling enrollment at high performing charter school puzzles district leaders

7:07 PM, Oct. 14, 2013
Padra Chang, Autumn Stuart, Megan McWilliams and Aidin Decker work on their math homework during class in the ALPS charter school in Merrill. The OASD is trying to figure why enrollment has dropped even though their results on state tests and report cards have been stellar.
Padra Chang, Autumn Stuart, Megan McWilliams and Aidin Decker work on their math homework during class in the ALPS charter school in Merrill. The OASD is trying to figure why enrollment has dropped even though their results on state tests and report cards have been stellar.
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School officials are trying to figure out why an Oshkosh charter school for accelerated learners has one of the highest achievement ratings in the state yet can't seem to hold onto students.

Enrollment has fallen dramatically at the 10-year-old Accelerated Learning Program School, known as ALPS, since its peak in 2009. Five years ago the school had 60 students. Today there are 26 students and one more is expected to enroll later this year.

The decline baffles district officials who tout the school's use of cutting-edge technology, individualized learning and a near-perfect achievement ...

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