CARY, N.C. (WNCN) – High school freshman Alina Efimova just made Team USA’s ice dancing team and says there is no turning back now.
“I want to become an Olympian. Ever since I was young that was my dream,” said Efimova.
The 14-year-old practices at least three hours a day. She says that is why she decided to attend Crossroads Flex in Cary. The high school opened in September with 76 students.
“We are a blended learning high school. Classes are online but we have teachers here,” said Dean of Students Nartarshia Sharpe.
Students are required to spend 10-20 hours a week in the building doing course work on the Wake County Virtual Public Schools System. Where the rest gets done is up to them.
“Students need to understand you don’t come here for 10 hours and then you’re done with school. You still have to put in 90 minutes a day as well,” said Sharpe.
Sophmore Mazria Josephson said this school year is going a lot smoother. Last year, she said she missed around 40 days.
She meets her 10 hours in two days and fits the rest of the work in while training with the Capital Area Soccer League girls and boys teams.
Flex is the first school in the state of its kind. Students say here they feel they can pursue an education and their dreams.