In Tennessee, a residential program for pregnant and addicted girls will become a charter school for girls in grades six-12. The Florence Crittenton Agency, which now runs a small private school, will open the Knoxville Academy for Young Women.
It would offer onsite psychological and social services to girls like a 15-year-old ninth-grader who attends Crittenton’s existing private school. She was kicked out of public school for having sex in the school bathroom. She would be in class with peers who have drug and alcohol problems.
Going charter will let Crittenton serve more girls with a mix of residential and day students.