Hennessey was most excited about the parent center, saying DECA is developing a prototype on that front. Parents meet monthly to work on issues that are barriers to their children eventually going to college. The school also is partnering with outside groups to bring in fatherhood classes, programs for parents of preschoolers and help for grandparents raising children.
“That parent center should be humming most days of the week,” Hennessey said, thanking many sectors of the community for supporting the school.
Hennessey said DECA Prep has about 450 students, and there's a goal to increase enrollment to 525, in part with the addition of the two classrooms. That comes on the heels of opening the new DECA Middle School downtown, which has brought total enrollment K-12 to about 1,130.
DECA and DECA Prep were No. 1 and No. 3 among the 21 local charter schools in performance index on the most recent state report card.
“We work on our instruction all the time, and we wouldn’t want to give the impression that we have arrived,” Hennessey said. “There’s a lot of work to be done, and we are constantly focused on improving how well our kids learn.
“Over our 13 years at the high school, we have learned things about how to be successful and how to position our kids to do well.”
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