SIKESTON -- Half of the students who attend Sikeston R-6's New Horizons said in a recent poll they would either be at home or drop out of school if the alternative school didn't exist.
In briefing the R-6 Board of Education about the district's at-risk services, Lynn Crader, principal of New Horizons, shared the student survey results with board members during their regular meeting Tuesday.
"We recently conducted a poll of the students and asked them three questions: What do you like about school, what would you like to see improved and where would you be if you weren't here?" Crader told the Board.
If the alternative school wasn't in place, 50 percent said they would likely be at home or dropped out of school; 25 percent said they would be at another high school; 13 percent said they would be home schooled; and 12 percent said they would be in a GED program.
When asked what they liked about the school, a majority of the students said they liked the help they receive in the school, and they also said it's easier to focus on their work because of the small classroom sizes, Crader said.
"Another students said (attending New Horizons) was like having a second chance," Crader told the Board.
Things students would like to see improvements in would be to have more relaxed attendance and tardy rules, Crader said, adding 44 percent said they didn't like the school's food.
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