Can't Get Enough School

Friday, September 2, 2011 - 3:29pm

Extra activities, study time round out day for charter school students.

A Cincinnati charter school is drawing attention for its 12-hour school day.

Dohn Community High School will keep students in a structured school program for half a 24-hour day, and the change is so far drawing praise from an unlikely source – the students themselves.

"We heard some yells and screams about the program at first, but now that the school year is progressing, kids are getting excited about the program," said principal Ramone Davenport.

Takia Hill said she wasn't satisfied with the Cs and Ds she earned last year, but the longer school days have so far produced better results.

"Now they're As and Bs," Hill said.

The academic day lasts from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., but 54 students stay later for activities and study time.

The program, which is funded with grants, is intended to create an environment to help students succeed.

"My grades improved tremendously, and I was able to stay out of trouble and find productive things to do here," said 10th-grader Denzel Watkins.

Research showed that teens are more likely to get into trouble between 4 and 8 p.m., so structured activities are offered to help keep them off the streets.

Students get three meals and a snack each day, and Southern Baptist Church and the Melrose YMCA help them with physical education.

The school also provides transportation to those who need it.

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