A different path to success


GCHS offers a self-paced education that works for non-traditional students


To say Christian Espinoza hated going to high school is an understatement.

“I didn’t like school,” he said. “I was having problems with negative people and dress code issues. I switched over to Gillespie County High School in August 2016 and I adore it.”

Christian is one of 17 success stories. He and his classmates will be graduating at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 30 at the Fredericksburg High School Auditorium.

Nationally, the high school dropout rate has fallen from 11 percent to 6 percent between 2000 and 2015, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. Alternative schools like GCHS may be one of the reasons behind this trend.

Fredericksburg Independent School District’s alternative school started in 1995. It offered GEDs and switched to diplomas only in 2000, according to Blaine Hahn, GCHS principal.

“I have always believed there is a misconception of where these kids are headed in their lives,” Hahn said. “Most of them just had a hurdle put in front of them earlier in life than we would expect, and they needed an outlet to help cross it.”


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