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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new challenge awaits the students and teachers at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy.

The Wilmington school was closed last year because of poor enrollment. Now it’s reopening with new goals and a new education plan.

“Our staff is top notch,” principal Eric Irizarry said. “I call them the Dream Team.”

More than 300 people applied for the six available teaching positions at D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy.

“They’ve been working hard to get everything up and running, from parent handbook, creating that, to behavior plan. A lot of work, but a challenge the staff has looked forward to,” Irizarry said.

The New Hanover County School Board closed Virgo for a year. Now, the school has a new education plan that blends academics with character-building exercises. That’s part of the reason why Rebecca Clark left Wake County Schools after 18 years to come here.

“It’s always so sad when a school has to close, so to me, I was very grateful to come into a setting that’s actually going to offer great programs for the kids,” Clark said.

Unlike other schools in the county, D.C. Virgo offers something unique: a way for parents to get involved in their child’s education right here on site.

The Blue Ribbon Commission operates a parent’s resource room on campus. Moms and dads can drop in any time.

“If the parents are stable, the family’s stable,” Blue Ribbon Commission director Tufanna Thomas said. “We can have meetings here, workshops. Child Advocacy and Parents Place will be offering strengthening families program for families.”

One-hundred-twenty sixth graders have enrolled at Virgo. They will wear school uniforms and get iPads.

Next year, another grade level will be added.

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