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New private school in Fairfax

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FAIRFAX, Vt. -

A new private school will open its doors this fall in Fairfax. This comes after a group of parents, disgruntled with the public school system, decided their children needed a change.

The school will be called Imagine School House, and it will have room for 10-16 students from kindergarten to sixth grade. The school is currently accepting applications. All grade levels will be in the same classroom for what parents say will be a more hands-on learning experience. A major reason for starting the school was to avoid state standardized testing.

"I have two students who learn very differently from each other. I have one student who needs additional time to learn. Regardless of whether he is moving at the same pace with the peers in his class, that class is moving with or without him," said Christina DeGraff-Murphy, one of the parents who decided to found the school. "My other student, he learns very quickly and he's very creative and very curious. His learning is stifled [in public school]."

DeGraff-Murphy worked with two other families to start the school.

Tuition is $5,500 and the founders have hired a teacher who moved to Vermont after working at a private school in Florida. The school will hold an open house on July 30. For more details, visit ImagineSchoolHouse.org.

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