Posted at: 03/13/2014 9:15 PM
Updated at: 03/14/2014 4:02 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- It's the moment many Rochester families have been waiting for, a new charter school to help students struggling in mainstream classrooms.
Rochester Beacon Academy (RBA) celebrated Thursday after the school was approved by The Minnesota Department of Education to open this Fall.
The general education charter school will prepare students, including students with diverse neurological needs and children with autism to make a successful transition into adulthood.
School officials say a focus of the curriculum will be individualized and structured teaching techniques to help each student meet their needs.
Organizers says it's crucial for these students and for the families.
"We have been working towards this day since 2010, today when I told families, I had parents in tears," says Jen Leuthold with RBA, "parents that are so excited and that are really at wits end with different education situations with their own kids, that they might need a smaller class size, they might need more function and support and the families are overjoyed and ecstatic we're finally approved."
The school will open Fall of 2014 for grades 6 through 10. Open enrollment will begin in April and they hope to enroll 100 students.
The academy is hoping to raise $50,000 until federal funding becomes available in July. They are hosting a benefit concert and video game tournament on March 22 to help raise money for the school.
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