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Savannah Babington, a junior at Mountain Home, Ark., High School, receives some one-on-one assistance in teacher Kathy Wham’s math class. Wham said allowing students to belong to smaller learning communities “helps our kids have a place to belong” and “gives them a sense of ownership” in their school.

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Town, educators, students at Arkansas school hail academies

Mountain Home model has similarities to Jefferson City plan

Eleven years ago, the small town of Mountain Home, Ark., wagered that transforming its traditional American high school into something new would yield dividends to the wider community.


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