Academy ACL ‘12-’13 school year starts Aug. 13

       The Academy for Advanced & Creative Learning (Academy ACL) will start the 2012-13 school year Monday, Aug. 13, a week earlier than the other District 11 schools on the Westside.
       In its third year, the K-8 charter school at 2510 N. Chestnut St. has grown from about 160 students in its first year (2010-11) to about 270 going into this year, with current waiting lists in all its grades, according to Principal Nikki Myers.
       The school, an all-choice facility that focuses on gifted students, ended the last school year a week later than the rest of D-11. However, Myers pointed out, the school also has “more conference days,” so that overall it has only about five more days during the school year that students are in attendance. In any case, the extra time “gives us more time for projects,” she said.
       Academy ACL has four new teachers this year. One of them, Dan Taylor, is teaching a new Division 4 (grades 5-6) class.
       Other new teachers are Daiva Cooper, teacher, Division 4; Karissa Rhytting, teacher, Division 5 (grades 7-8); and Michelle Freddolino, special education teacher.
       The school is planning a free event to which the community at large is invited. That will be its second annual “Sock Hop,” Friday, Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. “The community can come and dance to the oldies with us,” Myers said.

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