Growing up, Paula Krosky ’92 and her family moved around. A lot. By the time she was 14, Paula had lived in nine different places, and during that time, she was exposed to many types of schools. Her mother homeschooled Paula and her six brothers and sisters for a time. She attended traditional schools. And one year, she went to a small smartup with just 11 students. Over the years, only one of those schools Paula had attended demonstrated the creativity to keep her engaged.
The push to try something new came after Paula had taken some courses with the Duke Talent Identification Program, and her local school district had no way to give her credit or placement for those classes.
“I had completed Algebra 2, but my age suggested I should be in Pre Algebra,” she said. “And there was no other option. The schools couldn’t accommodate who I was or what I was looking for.”