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Northpoint Expeditionary receives $230,000 charter school start-up grant

The Arizona Charter Schools Incentive Program (AZCSIP) awarded a $230,000 grant to Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy for charter school startup costs.

NELA is currently a Prescott Unified School District high school. It will become a college-prep charter high school July 1.

"These federal funds will help support Northpoint in continuing to offer high level programs for the high school students who choose to attend," said Geneva Saint-Amour, principal at Northpoint. "This initial round of funds will support the further development of technology services and computer access for staff and students."

According to the Arizona Department of Education, the start-up grant's purpose is to create charter schools that will use curricula, instruction and assessments that provide opportunities for students to participate and succeed in Advanced Placement or similar rigorous coursework. Charter schools will use the money for start-up purchases including advertising, marketing, business services and technology.

NELA opened its doors in 2006 with a major grant from Expeditionary Learning Schools Outward Bound (funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) to create a small, rigorous high school based on the Expeditionary Learning model. NELA will transition to a charter school status in the 2010-11 school year. It will remain open (by application) to students from around the region and will remain at its current location at 551 First St., in Prescott.

Additional information about NELA is available by calling the school at 717-3272.

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