WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A school that was once considered to be struggling seems to be in the midst of a transformation.
At a meeting Tuesday night, board members got an update on DC Virgo Preparatory Academy, which was closed in 2011 due to budget cuts, but opened up this school year with a new plan to better support students.
95% of the students who go to the school are on free or reduced lunch and in recent years the school's students have not performed well on End Of Grade (EOG) tests.
Principal Eric Irizarry said the school is now moving in a better direction. He talked about new programs in place at the school to engage and educate its students.
Right now, it is only open to 6th grade students.
Irizarry told the board that the new, longer school day has proved to be successful. Students attend school until 4:30, an hour longer than other middle schools in the district.
Irizarry told the board that the technology program is working as part of the school's education plan. An iPad has been assigned to every student to take home throughout the school year.
The school has been working closely with the Blue Ribbon Commission and Tufanna Thomas from the BRC said students' grades are improving.
School board members were pleased with the progress so far.
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