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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Students who are floundering or disenfranchised with high school are trying a new alternative.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Innovations Academy, a pilot program that started last fall at Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, is four classrooms with four teachers serving 80 students. Lathrop Principal Carly Sween, who helped design the program, calls it a “school within a school.”

The school is modeled after a program in Salt Lake City known as the Innovations Early College High School. The goal of the academy is to help students who are veering off course in high school to get back on the path to graduation.

Each student has a mentor teacher who monitors their progress.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com