Located in an isolated and impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is one of California’s alternative schools for at-risk students. Every student there has fallen so far behind that they have little hope of earning a diploma at a traditional high school — Black Rock is their last chance. But tireless Principal Vonda Viland and the teachers at Black Rock are on a mission to realize the potential of students who were deemed lost causes by the system. Powerful and inspiring, The Bad Kids follows Viland and her staff over a year as they coach at-risk teens with compassion, respect, and a seemingly endless supply of patience.
On March 9, KCPT held a special screening and discussion of the film at DeLaSalle Education Center, Missouri’s only alternative charter high school dedicated to providing at-risk urban core students rigorous, individualized academics, wraparound support services and workforce development programs. After the film there will be a panel discussion with students and staff about the impact of empowering and inclusive education:
Before coming to DeLaSalle Education Center, NaKira, who is a high school senior in Kansas City, Missouri, says that she felt like she was a “bad kid.” Missouri’s only alternative charter high school dedicated to providing at-risk urban core students rigorous, individualized academics, wraparound support services and workforce development programs. In partnership with DeLaSalle Education Center, KCPT hosted a special screening and discussion of the documentary at the school on March 9.
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