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Vineland Public Charter School approved for renewal

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As one charter school in Atlantic City prepares to close it's doors for good, another in Vineland was approved by the state for renewal.

Sha'Dae Brower is one of 223 students who attend class at the Vineland Public Charter School where she say's she can be herself.

"Here we have drama class, and I'm extremely dramatic as I am told," said Brower.

The charter school opened in 2009 and was up for renewal, leaving many unsure what the future would hold for the education complex.

But thanks to approval from the New Jersey Department of Education - drama, math, and vocabulary classes are safe for another five years.

"I'm excited because I have five more years to be able to hone my skills and be able to watch my kids grow," said Krystle Vargas, 4th grade teacher.

Right now the school accepts students from kindergarten to 5th grade.

Thanks to this expansion, administrators say that this year they will be able to add a 6th grade curriculum, and plan to expand each year after that up to 8th grade.

"I would like to master being on the principals list and the honor roll and at least once get straight A's," said Brower.

But for some kids achieving these dreams at a charter school may never happen.

The Oceanside Charter School in Atlantic City will be forced to close it's doors at the end of the 2013 school year after the Department of Education decided the school could not improve its students academic performance.

This is something the Vineland school says they have to keep in mind come renewal in five years.

"They will come out and assess us again and we have to keep showing achievement. A charter school is held to greater standards than a public school," said Vineland principal, Kimberly Garcia.

Until then the Vineland Public Charter School is accepting applications for their 6th grade openings and looking for a new building to house future students.

The Vineland Public Charter School offers over seven hours of class a day and stays in session for 200 days a year versus 180 days at a public school.

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