Duluth's Harbor City International School Celebrates 10th Birthday With High Test Scores

By KBJR News 1

May 23, 2012 Updated May 23, 2012 at 9:28 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)
Sewing in math class?
It makes sense; the cutting involves number crunching and the angles on these quilt squares touches geometry.
Hands on lessons like this help Harbor City International High School students apply what they've learned.

"After our AP testing, we take a break from traditional learning and we go into what we call innovative programs and symposiums." said principal John Haire

Harbor City student Elizabeth Clokey says the quilts will go to a hospice home when they're done.
Such non–traditional teaching methods must be working for the downtown Duluth school.
State standardized test scores just came back and they're good.

"We have a 74.4% out of all the points we could earn and that placed us, I believe, third highest in the area." said Haire.

To math slash quilting teacher Ruth Kivisto, the ranking is not surprising.

"It's not a surprise to me but it's a delight to see that hard work is paying off." said Kivisto.

The news of high test scores comes on the free public charter school's tenth anniversary.
Principal Jon Haire feels one of the factors leading to its success as college prep facility is its small size.

"Where your teachers really know who you are and know the challenges you face and your talents and makes sure you get the instruction you need to succeed in college." said Haire.

In Duluth, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.

Symposiums at Harbor City other than quilting include sailing, aviation, film making and computer game design.