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Wausau charter school takes new approach to learning

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Jacob Simon is in ninth grade. He'd normally attend Wausau West High School. Instead, he goes somewhere else.

"I'm very interested in technology and engineering," said Simon.

So are his peers, and the Wausau Engineering and Global Leadership (EGL) Academy focuses on that.

"Our main focus is science and math and the application of those subjects," said Tim Fetting, lead teacher at Wausau EGL.

The charter school opened a year and a half ago. It's part of the Wausau School District, and has grown from 32 to 48 students since last year.  Next year, leaders hope to have 80 students.

"We have students from several different school districts, including Merrill, Mosinee, DC Everest," said Fetting.

Fetting says students pick projects based on their interests. For example, 9th grader Jacob Simon is interested in computers.

"Currently I'm working on disassembling Mac and PC," said Simon. "I personally want to work for a computer company so learning how computers work, how to disassemble them, and how they're all put together is very useful."

Leaders at Wausau EGL say their students meet every state requirement and have higher graduation standards. But this type of learning environment is not for everyone.

"High achieving students are very successful here," said Fetting.

Others may be more comfortable in a traditional classroom. But for those who are not, this might be an option.

The Wausau EGL Academy is hosting a series of informational meetings during the next few weeks. For more information -- visit http://www.wausauegl.org/.

Online Reporter: Daniel Woodruff

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