School leaders in Maury County hope a new non-traditional high school will give some students a second chance to graduate.
Plans are underway for Northfield Academy, which will open this fall.
The school will target older students who are struggling in classes and need to catch up on credits in order to finish.
“Once they get behind and they're not going to graduate with their peers that is a deterrent to come to school so we think this will be a good fit for that and will encourage those students and give them hope,” said Susan Chapman with Maury County Schools.
Last year, Maury County had a dropout rate of 12.5%, according to officials.
Based on numbers from the previous school year, 97 students would have benefited from the non-traditional high school.
Two full-time teachers and two part-time teachers will work at the school.
Students' courses will be taught online.
“They focus on two courses at a time at an accelerated pace. It's very likely they can finish in five weeks compared to 18 weeks in traditional high school,” said Chapman.
The school will be located inside the Northfield Workforce Development and Conference Center.
The application process will start in a week.