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New charter school opens doors for first day

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MYRLTE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - You won't find many textbooks at Coastal Leadership Academy in Myrtle Beach, just dozens of high school students in uniforms armed with electronic devices. The project-based learning school is said to be the first in the region and it opened its doors Wednesday for the first time.

"It's going to be a great opportunity for me," says Kaleb Saleeby, a junior at the school. "Its project-based learning and hands-on experience, so this will help me in my endeavors to go out and be a leader in the community."

Coastal Leadership Academy is part of the South Carolina public charter school system, meaning students from any area can enroll. The charter is held to the same state standards, but what's different is the way in which they will learn. Students are encouraged to bring iPads and other electronic devices to learn from. 

Learning takes place through research, case studies, internships and discussion. The principal says research has shown project-based learning helps with retention.

"I've been in education for over twenty years, and I have taught using project-based learning, so I know it works," says Melinda Tavanier.

110 students have enrolled so far, and there is room for 160. For more information about the school click on the link below:

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