BANGOR– A non traditional high school located in Bangor is giving kids a second chance at an education.
Reporter Kaitlyn Connolly was at the Shaw House Wednesday to look at the “Carleton Project”, an alternative school for teenagers.
“One of the jokes is what percentage of your kids are school dropouts, well all of them are” said educator Chris Bettes.
Teenagers wont always tell you that they’re excited to go to school in the morning, but there are some students who find it a little more difficult than most.
Duncan Black is a student in the Carleton Program, and says he was bullied at his previous high school.
The students at the Carleton Project are all drop outs, but Bettes offers them an alternative route to get the education that they need.
Duncan said his previous high school wasn’t the right fit for him, but in his new school, he says he feels more open and now has high hopes for the future. Next year he wants to go to college and pursue Psychology, or acting.
Many school districts in the area are helping to fund the program to help students from their areas, such as Brewer, Orono, Hampden, Old Town, and many others, but not all schools are on board.
“We haven’t been able to crack Bangor just yet” said Bettes.
The Bangor School Superintendent Dr. Betsy Webb had no comment on the issue.
In the last eight years, the program has seen twenty six graduates, with four or five more this year.