At Christa McAuliffe Middle School this month, eighth-graders bounced up and down on their exercise balls while doing their online U.S. History lesson and the class pet bunny, Ihop, bounced around the room.
This is the suburban Boynton Beach school’s new “Launch Pad” computer lab, said Jeff Silverman, its principal. Designed to feel like a college student union, with exercise balls and rocking chairs for video-gaming instead of traditional desks, it’s just one of the ways the school hopes to appeal to prospective students who’ve been leaving for local charter schools.
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Following are the top 10 decreases in enrollment at district-run schools, many of which are due to nearby charter schools opening:
Down 177 students: Hagen Road Elementary, suburban Boynton Beach
Down 161: Odyssey Middle, suburban Boynton Beach
Down 149: Polo Park Middle, Wellington
Down 139: Christa McAuliffe Middle, suburban Boynton Beach
Down 130: Jupiter High
Down 121: Hidden Oaks Elementary, suburban Boynton Beach
Down 114: Osceola Creek Middle, The Acreage
Down 107: Jupiter Middle
Down 101: Wellington Landings Middle
Down 91: Tradewinds Middle, Greenacres
Source: Palm Beach County School District, Oct. 17 student population count.