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PV trustees to mull admitting eighth-graders to New School

Posted: Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

WATSONVILLE — The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of trustees Wednesday will mull a proposal to allow eighth-graders to attend New School Community Day School, which educators say would better prepare struggling students for high school.

“We need to do some interventions earlier to help prepare them for high school,” New School principal Victoria Sorensen said.

Too often, Sorensen said, at-risk eighth-graders move on to high school ill-prepared for the more advanced academic rigor.

Currently, Santa Cruz County only has one such program, Sorensen said.

“I get phone calls from parents all the time for help with their kids, and we can’t help because they are too young,” she said. “The idea is to give them the tools they need to succeed in high school.”

If the trustees approve the plan, the middle school students would have separate schedules than the high-school students as well as their own separate classroom, Sorensen said.

“They need a small place to get attention and be given some time to mature.”

The class sizes would hover around 12, she added.

The trustees will also hear a report of the district’s budget and other fiscal matters.


The Pajaro Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the District Office Boardroom at 292 Green Valley Road in Watsonville. For information, visit www.pvusd.net.

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