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Northshore September 2015

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180 | SEPTEMBER 2015 in-depth PLACES may have experienced the loss of a parent. Or they may feel like they just don't fit in. "You name the type of adversity a teenager could face, and we've really dealt with it here," says academy director Seith Bedard. "The education part of what we do here is minor com- pared to all the other things we do with these kids." PLA's approach to learning is a unique combination of foster- ing independence and enforcing boot camp-like discipline. Attend- ance is expected every day; when students don't appear, Bedard has been known to show up at their houses and drive them to school himself—he's gone as far as Dorchester to retrieve an errant student. Students take online classes at their own pace, with teachers—each certified in multiple disciplines—who are there to help them understand the Seith Bedard takes a vested interest in the students. photograph by Joe Ferraro YOU NAM E TH E TYPE OF ADVE RSITY A TE E NAGE R COU LD FACE, AN D WE'VE REALLY DEALT WITH IT H E RE. TH E E DUCATION PART OF WHAT WE DO H E RE IS M I NOR COM PARE D TO ALL TH E OTH E R TH I NGS WE DO WITH TH ESE KI DS." —Seith Bedard, Academy Director

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