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Yuma charter school opts for cubicles, not desks

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A Yuma charter school looks a lot more like an office than a classroom.

According to The Hechinger Report, Carpe Diem Collegiate High School and Middle School has 226 pupils who sit a a cubicle with a computer when they go to school and are permitted to move at their own pace.

“We’re going against hundreds of years of ‘That’s the way it’s always been done,’ ” says Chet Crain, the school’s dean of students.

Despite its irregular format and receiving less funding than a tradition public school, Carpe Diem’s reading and math scores are better than the state average.

Several charter schools are keeping a close eye on Carpe Diem and may switch to the cubicle format should it prove to enjoy long-term success.

However, some critics feel the school only prepares its students to perform on standardized tests and graduate high school.

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