A Niagara-area school scheduled to open this fall will only admit students from low income families. The school, which will be the first of its kind in the Ontario province, will target the needs of poor students with free busing, tutoring and after-school programs, in an attempt to provide stability and quality education for middle- and highschool- level students, the Hamilton Spectator reports. The Niagara district school board hopes to be able to send the school’s graduates to colleges and universities.
Some critics worry that such an institution will isolate and stigmatize low-income children. Supporters say the school will not recruit students but accept them through an application process.