JANUARY 21, 2013 BY ALEC BROOKS
North side residents have been taking field trips to the south side to become acquainted with a charter school set to open in the Silver Spring neighborhood.
The Carmen High School of Science and Technology is preparing to open a second campus at 5496 N. 72nd St.
The middle school and high school will open this fall in a building now occupied by Northwest Secondary School, which will close at the end of the school year due to academic and behavioral concerns.
The school has heightened grading policies, gives quarterly assessments on ACT standards, mandates college application boot camp over the summer, holds a January term to salvage credits or enrich high achievers, and requires four years of math, laboratory science, history and English.
Her five-year test yielded one of the best public schools in the city that don't require an entrance exam.
Like any good scientist, Hoben is hoping to replicate her results in a new school, this time on the mostly African-American northwest side.
By Alan J. Borsuk Published on: 12/27/2008
It's been that way throughout Patricia Hoben's life.
A doctorate in biophysics and biochemistry from Yale. Influential work as a science adviser in Washington.
And now: founder and head of a small high school on the south side, where low-income students are being pushed to commit themselves to two things: High expectations. High performance.
In its second year, many of the 140 students of Carmen High School of Science & Technology show signs they are making those commitments. And Hoben shows the traits that make schools like this succeed: Unrelenting dedication, clear vision, an ability to bring people together, and a positive outlook.