Like a lot of young adults, Brian Hottleman thought attending a college-prep high school would benefit him when the time came to apply to college. “I like learning, so I did all right for a while there,” he says.
But the school’s high-stakes atmosphere and heavy homework demands were hard to deal with. “My grades were decent, but I wasn’t doing my homework,” he recalls. “Then I lost my grandfather. He was a father figure to me, and I took it very, very hard.”
Brian says that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. His attendance dropped, and going to school became a chore. Eventually he confided in his student support teacher, Mr. Green. “He said I might do really well in an alternative high school program,” Brian says. “I checked out a couple of programs, including NDEC, and I decided to come here.”