Fitch Academy, Darien’s propsed alternative school, moves forward
DARIEN — Fitch Academy, the proposed alternative high school for Darien, may have a full roster of students, should the school start up this fall as planned.
According to Superintendent Dan Brenner, the school is still in its preliminary phase, as it’s yet to be approved by the RTM, but there’s been interest from 11 general education students at the high school. The program which would serve students with long term medical conditions, attendance issues or students struggling emotionally with the pressure of attending a large high school.
“This is good news because it’s validating,” Brenner said. “There are people who have interest.”
Despite the fact the board is awaiting RTM approval of the $24,000 program, Brenner said he’s confident the academy will be approved and is already planning its start come fall. Counselors and high school administrators have been reaching out to students who would benefit from the program, as well as their families. Brenner said there is a list of about 25 students who still might join the program.
The program would serve a maximum of 12 students during its first year, but Brenner said by having more interested students, it would give the school a chance to fill the gaps in the program as students transition out of it.
He also added the logistics of holding the program at the Darien Library are still being worked out through meetings with the library staff. Staffing is also still being worked through.
“This is a pilot,” he said. “We’re looking to set this up, create a meaningful program, work through issues and do it to a scale we can manage.”
There will be further updates on Fitch Academy as the school year progresses.