Small Kansas School Rebounds With Rural Focus

Posted 2 years ago

By Fred Gough

WALTON (AP) – A small elementary school in south-central Kansas has become an example of charter school success by focusing on elements of rural life.

The demand to attend the Rural Life Center has been increasing steadily since it was re-established in 2007 as a charter school focusing on agriculture and project-based learning. The school is located in Walton, a farming community about five miles east of Newton in Harvey County.

Before the switch, its enrollment had been barely 80 students. Now, Walton has become one of the region’s most popular programs, causing its enrollment to double. The school soon may have to turn students away.

The Wichita Eagle reports the school is trying to raise $300,000 to build two new classrooms to accommodate its growing list of students.


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