Omnibus Education Bill Would Expand Military Style School

KINGWOOD — The Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy, a military-like school about 45 minutes southeast of Morgantown, allows students to earn their high school diplomas within roughly five months. During that time, they live at the school almost exclusively.

The regular public schools the students there hail from get to count them as graduates.

The academy, located at the West Virginia Army National Guard’s Camp Dawson, in Preston County, doesn’t have comparable standardized test data to other schools. Dianna Trickett, the academy’s deputy director, said it only serves students who are “at risk of not completing traditional high school,” something determined in multiple ways.

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