Last chance high

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Doug Cox (left) teaches mathematics and engineering at El Centro. He also leads the Dark Knights chess club. (Kimberly Paynter/Keystone Crossroads)

Doug Cox (left) teaches mathematics and engineering at El Centro. He also leads the Dark Knights chess club. (Kimberly Paynter/Keystone Crossroads)

For students in Philadelphia who have dropped out of high school, returning to education and earning a diploma can be exceptionally difficult. Trauma, poverty, abuse, and criminal records are often just some of the barriers these students must overcome in order to finish school.

But the teachers and staff at Kensington’s El Centro de Estudiantes aim to create a supportive environment to give their students a chance. Today, WHYY’s KEVIN MCCORRY joins us to talk about El Centro, the subject of the first two episodes of the new season of Schooled, a WHYY podcast. Former El Centro student RYAN RIVERA and current El Centro teacher DOUG COX also join to talk about the role of the school in their lives along with DAVID BROMLEY, executive director of Big Picture Philadelphia, the national organization that runs El Centro.

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