[caption id="attachment_50086" align="alignleft" width="148"] CORE gives students time to reflect, and that’s important, says Principal William Sprankles.[/caption]

It’s also about looking beyond graduation rates and focusing on teaching kids the life skills they'll need to succeed after high school—life skills such as introspection, goal-setting, conflict resolution, and time management.

“We have the highest graduation rate for African-American males in the state [98 percent], but that’s not enough,” Sprankles said. “Students need skills beyond graduating. Another purpose of CORE is to...

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