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The Next Step/El Proximo Paso Public Charter School
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To provide students who face extraordinary challenges and who are not supported in traditional high schools the opportunity to continue their education.
Founded to provide at-risk youth with the tools and services they need to finish high school, complete the GED exam, and move onward to college or a vocational program, Next Step Public Charter School offers students the support, knowledge and skills they need to succeed academically and professionally.
Next Step PCS offers GED preparation in English and Spanish as well as English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to District youth between the ages of 16 and 24, through a full-time day program as well as a part-time night program. Bilingual staff (English and Spanish) and wrap-around case management provide NSPCS students with a safe and nurturing environment that supports students and their families.
Our curriculum is based on the Common Core Standards and GED skills, and organized around thematic units such as "Environment and Health" and "Empowerment." Teachers individualize instruction to help students achieve their academic goals at their own pace.
Next Step places students by skill level, rather than age or grade, and promotes students according to their progress. When students complete their program of study, The Next Step transition program assists students and alumni with continued education and career planning.
For students who face extraordinary challenges, Next Step is truly the first step towards a new life.