Riverside, CA – Students in grades 7 through 11 at Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy boosted their state API score from 578 in 2009 to 692 in 2010, a gain of 114 points. The improvement was considerably more than double the advancement in comparable schools for the region. Sponsored by the Wathen Foundation, the charter school had about 100 students involved in the testing, which was conducted over a one week period.
Because the school is located on an airport, the curriculum tends to relate aviation to science, math and literature courses, which tends to motivate the students.
According to site director, Kathleen Swift: “Along with the unbelievable API growth, our program had the highest percentage of returning students—earning our program the Student Loyalty Award for the second year in a row. Flabob Academy students must really like their school.”
Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy offers classes for middle and high school students. All class room facilities are within a couple hundred yards of an active runway and dozens of airplane hangars. Many of the students are involved in aircraft restoration projects and some are enrolled in flight training programs.
For more information on the Academy call 951.683.2309 or visit www.flabob.org
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