- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha billionaire is developing an independent high school in Bellevue that would be among the nation’s first to use “Next Generation Learning” curriculum.

NGL Academy will begin accepting applications Thursday for its first freshmen class of about 15 students, the Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/2n3Ra5m ) reported. The school will operate on Bellevue University’s campus beginning August, and is aimed primarily at low-income students.

TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts began nonprofit Opportunity Education in 2005. School official Raymond Ravaglia said NGL Academy is being developed by Opportunity Education, which has helped open schools in 11 countries and in California.

Ricketts said the school is designed to teach students how to learn.

“We need to prepare young people to succeed in the jobs of the future, and since we don’t know those jobs will be, we need to teach them not just specific skills but more generally how to acquire skills,” Ricketts said.

Ravaglia said the focus won’t be on testing, but helping students become self-educators.

“The goal isn’t to get into college,” he said. “The goal is to be successful when you’re there and when you leave.”

Tuition for the upcoming school year is $14,500, however students who are admitted can receive nearly full-tuition scholarships from the Ricketts Family Scholars program.

A bus will be available to transport the students to and from the campus. The school year starts on Aug. 22.

“The only way to break the cycle of poverty is to provide students with an education that will empower them to achieve their dreams,” Ricketts said.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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