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Duval County starts Saturday school this weekend

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Updated: 1/23 10:45 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Students looking to bring home A grades may have a better shot with the start of Duval County's Saturday school program.

"I think it's a good opportunity if they're struggling in schools and trying to get good grades," Nien Cole, 12th-grade student.

Senior high school students like Nien Cole said he knows students personally who need the extra help.

Starting this Saturday, select elementary, middle and high schools will be offering sessions throughout the school year to help low-performing students.

The program is designed to cut down on the dropout rate and increase graduation rates.

The graduation rate in the county is 72.1 percent and the dropout rate is 4 percent.

"I don't really have problems, per se, but I I know it'll be helpful."

Other students said it'll give students an advantage plus keep them safer on the weekends.

But not every school will be open on Saturdays.

Only select schools will host the extra classes.

"It should probably help grades and all that and plus keep students off the streets on Saturdays instead of them playing video games and wasting time," said Jess Beda, 12th grade student.

The program is being offered at about 60 schools across the county.  Parents must sign up at their child's school. The program runs through May 10th.

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nativejax - 1/24/2014 11:00 AM
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this is great news for a change.
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