New school caters to at-risk students

Two years ago, Rebecca King was on a path to failure.

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HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Two years ago, Rebecca King was on a path to failure.

Cutting class, smoking pot and shoplifting were all a part of a typical day for the 15-year-old student at Christian County High School.

She bounced back and forth between the homes of different relatives and foster care. She also was arrested for shoplifting from a local Wal-Mart.

After 10 months in a group home, her probation officer introduced her to the idea of a new school in Christian County, the 21st Century Learning Academy.

The alternative school opened in August. Students who might have otherwise dropped out of school because of different personal reasons are welcomed into the academy

This year's enrollment - 81 students - comes from different family situations and different economic situations.

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