A local school got national recognition for the work it does with students who have struggled in the classroom. Hope Hall was the highlight of National School Choice Week. It's a nationwide initiative that shines the spotlight on diverse educational options for parents in students.
It's a school that connects students who have had major learning obstacles with opportunity.
"In this school, we are a community. We solve problems together instead of individually," said Dwayne Finkley.
Finkley has been going to Hope Hall since sixth grade. This year he will be a member of the school's second graduating class.
"We are all here for a similar purpose. It's just to have a wonderful education and to be outstanding citizens that our country needs," said Finkley.
The school specializes in providing different learning options to second thru 12th grade students who have fallen through the cracks of the education system.
"When you look at the kids who ought to be failing or dropping out, none of our children are. I think that's something to celebrate," said Sister Diana Dolce, Hope Hall Founder.
Friday afternoon, Hope Hall was celebrated. The school was chosen to be recognized for National School Choice Week.
"We're hearing about a school that has transformed the lives of kids and helped them achieve their dreams," Andrew Campanella, President of National School Choice Week.
The organization has traveled by train all week on a whistle-stop tour from Los Angeles to New York City. It's shined a positive spotlight on schools within 14 different cities that have given students and parents a unique choice for education that fits their needs.
"Well, this is a tremendous honor for our school and a tremendous honor for our children," said Dolce.
As educators and teachers celebrated the honor of providing parents with a school choice,
students like Finkley say he's thankful for the choices he'll have next, outside these halls.
"I plan on going to GCC for Computer Engineering and Graphic Design and also for music," said Finkley.