Derek Garcia does his schoolwork on his laptop, usually while listening to music, and sometimes at home rather than in the classroom.
He’s a junior at Ludington High School, a former student of Journey, which closed last year. Garcia struggled being reintegrated into Ludington at first, but he knows he needs to stay in school.
“At first, it didn’t really seem like things were going to be so good, but when things set in and I adjusted my standards, I got used to my schedule,” he said.
Garcia is among about a dozen Journey students who went back to Ludington Area Schools when the alternative school closed because the building was no longer state certifiable as a school.
During this interim year, without Journey and before the new Gateway to Success charter academy is finished, the Ludington alternative ed students, grades six through 12, are within one classroom.
Adjusting to this new situation has been a challenge.
“Basically, we’re surviving. We’ve got a couple months, so we’re going to get it. We’re going to make it there,” Garcia said.
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