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Enrollment open for charter, Montessori schools in Northland Pines District, some grades fullSubmitted: 01/22/2015
Story By Lauren Stephenson

Enrollment open for charter, Montessori schools in Northland Pines District, some grades full
NORTHLAND PINES DISTRICT - It seems alternative educational programs in one Northwoods school district are becoming popular.

Enrollment is now open for the SOAR Charter Middle School, SOAR Charter High School, and Montessori Learning Center in the Northland Pines School District.

However, the charter middle school and some grade levels of the Montessori school have a waiting list.

The SOAR Middle School enrollment is capped at 63 students.

"A lot of our students, they'll do a project based on what their interest is and the idea is to keep them really excited about learning and keep them excited about going to school where they can actually work on projects that really piques their interest," said Northland Pines District Administrator Dr. Mike Richie.

Administrators decided to open a Montessori school that could potentially feed students into the SOAR Middle School.

They also created the charter high school as a destination for SOAR Middle School students who want to continue project-based learning.

"Whether it's taking a high school class as a middle school student, or a college class as a high school student, or getting ready for the career area in tech ed, also, we need to look at how we can meet the needs of all of our students," Richie said.

The Northland Pines Montessori Learning Center will open in the fall.

It's enrollment will be capped at a total of 40 students for 4K through third grade.

The following year, the school will expand to include 4th graders.

There are eight spots still available, but 4K and kindergarten are full.

Enrollment for the SOAR High School for grades nine and 10 just opened.

The charter high school will also open next fall.

A link to more information is below.

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