San Jose was among several charter schools — independent public schools — at the School Choice Expo. Derrick, Shelton and ST4 served as ambassadors for the school, along with parent volunteers, teachers and administrators.
Derrick, a junior, and Shelton, a sophomore, are members of the robotics team that created the robot. Both students praised the school for its challenging curriculum, activities such as the robotics and drama clubs and the overall atmosphere at the school.
“The school itself has such a family dynamic. Everyone knows everyone. If you want to try something new, we’re all for that,” Shelton said.
Derrick said they have accelerated programs to make sure students can excel. They also have Advanced Placement courses “to ensure that students get ahead and early college programs including courses at Florida State College at Jacksonville.”
Shelton said in the next two years they will have high school students graduating with associate college degrees. A big selling point, they said, is students are encouraged to be innovative and explore their interests.
Derrick is considering a career in psychology or mechanical engineering, and Shelton plans to pursue mechanical or civil engineering. Both said the schooling they’re getting now is laying the foundation for their future. Robotics, for example, involves hands-on creativity, problem-solving, teamwork and technology, which are skills they will need in the future.
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