More parents choosing charter schools for kids

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT)-- Charter schools are offering more options for students, and their popularity is growing.

"This curriculum brings it all together, and he absolutely loves it," said Mollie Lamar whose son attends Juniper Ridge, a District 51 charter school.

Lamar shopped around for a new school looking to take her child out of the mainstream education system.

"We offer something people want, something parents want for their children," said Patrick Ebel, the administrative director for Juniper Ridge.

Charter schools are managed by the district, but their curriculum can be out of the ordinary.

"I think each individual charter school offers something unique and different, and we know not all of our learners are the same," said Independence Academy Principal Britni Westbrook.

District 51’s two largest charter schools are Juniper Ridge, which offers a holistic approach to education, and Independence Academy, which focuses on hands-on learning. Both schools have seen a student body increase of about 20 percent for 2016.

"This is what the charter movement has always been about, looking to try new ways to educate children," said Ebel.

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