Life Skills Charter School
The uphill battle by local proponents of ”School Choice" bore fruit when a
group of local Hispanic leaders established the Life Skills Center charter
Led by Police Chief Luis Velez, the board of Life Skills Center decided to
address the drop-out problem with the mantra, “one Hispanic dropout, is one too
many.” In School District 11 more than 6 percent of enrolled Hispanics dropped
out during the 2001-02 year, according to the Colorado Department of Education.
Ohio-based White Hat Management LLC developed the Life Skills Center educational
program. White Hat has been effectively addressing the at-risk student needs
over the last five years through 20 schools in 3 states. Life Skills Centers
have graduated approximately 3,000 at-risk youth and are now on pace to graduate
1,000 more every six months, according to White Hat.
White Hat claims that approximately 54% of graduating students go on to some
other form of post-secondary education, indicating that not only does the Life
Skill Center program work, but that it is effective at instilling the idea of
The essential components to the program are:
- Students must meet the sate-required number of credits for graduation
- Credits from other schools transfer to Life Skills Center
- Students attend classes for four hours per day
- Three daytime sessions are offered and night classes are available.
Life Skills Center presents an interesting educational alternative and will open