Military-style school to open at Fort Ritchie
By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer
A new military-style boarding school for high-school dropouts will open to students next week at the former Fort Ritchie Army base, the school principal said Monday.
A week of testing, registration and other activities begins Monday at the National Role Models Academy. Classes begin a week later on Oct. 23, said Jimmie Jones, a retired Army colonel who is principal and commandant at the school.
The year-round school is funded entirely by government grants and is free for the students, Jones said.
To enroll at the school, students must be between 16 and 19 years old, have dropped out after starting the ninth grade, had at least a C average in school when they dropped out, and "have no problems with the law and no drug use," Jones said.
"It's a second chance for kids who, for whatever reason, dropped out," he said. "This is a great thing for America."