Helen Thackston Charter School juniors Brittney Hoff, left, and Makayla Williams sign in during the first day of classes at the city school on Monday.
Helen Thackston Charter School juniors Brittney Hoff, left, and Makayla Williams sign in during the first day of classes at the city school on Monday. (Bill Kalina — bkalina@yorkdispatch.com)

On Monday, Helen Thackston Charter School kicked off what's sure to be a big year.

The York City school will educate and, hopefully, graduate about 50 students come June — the school's first senior class since opening in 2009.

Enrollment at Thackston, 625 E. Philadelphia St., is also up significantly with about 200 more students in grades 6 through 12 compared to last year.

About 650 students are enrolled for the 2014-15 year, said Anne Clark, the school's community outreach specialist.

Of those 650 students, about 100 are former students of New Hope Academy Charter School, which closed in June after failing to earn a charter renewal from the York City School District.

The biggest class is eighth grade with about 130 students, Clark said.

Room to grow: Helen Thackston has room to grow with a capacity of about 800 students, she said.

Monday was orientation day for students in grades 9 through 12.

Tuesday is orientation for students in grades 6 through 8, Clark said.

Helen Thackston also has a new principal, Sherry Roland-Washington, a former York City School District principal.

There are spots still available at Helen Thackston, though there's a waiting list for eighth grade.

For enrollment information, call (717) 846-6160.



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