by Amy Bounds, Camera Staff Writer
Brianna Trembath’s first semester of high school didn’t go well.
She was rude to teachers and students alike at Longmont’s Skyline High, getting into fights and ditching classes. She said she was kicked out halfway into her freshman year “because I had an attitude problem.” She was resigned to dropping out like her older brother and sister.
“I didn’t see myself graduating,” she said.
Then friends told her about Boulder Preparatory, a charter high school in a Gunbarrel office park. She gave the new school a chance, starting with just two class credits earned at Skyline. Now, at 16, she’s graduating from Boulder Prep a year early with credit for two college-level classes taken through the school.
“I’m so excited,” she said.
The Longmont resident said she didn’t miss much about a traditional high school, other than playing the cello in the school orchestra. She said the teachers at Boulder Prep gave her the one-on-one attention and support she needed, while the small size allowed her to get to know all her classmates.
“I love having the school small,” she said. “Everyone talks to everyone. It’s just a great place.”
Then there was the way she was treated.
“They don’t see you as a youth at risk, but as a youth of promise,” she said. “It’s different at this school. This school changed me a lot.”
Some of her favorite experiences at Boulder Prep include volunteering at Community Food Share and a women’s shelter in Boulder for a service learning class. She also liked the school’s flexibility, allowing her to graduate early.
“Just sticking to my work and passing all my classes, I was so far ahead,” she said.
Her favorite memory of the school is the guest speakers, including a paraplegic who “teaches to not feel sorry for yourself but get back up and move on with life.” The best class was one where she wrote her autobiography, followed by a yoga class she’s taking to earn her physical education credit.
“Yoga is really interesting,” she said. “So far, I’m really good at it. Find your balance and you got it.”
She plans to take a year off to work and save money, then start at Front Range Community College and transfer to Metro State in Denver to earn a business degree. Her dream is to follow in her grandparents’ footsteps by opening her own restaurant and pub.
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