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Delta High first day

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RICHLAND, Wash. - On the first day of school, Delta High doesn't appear to be an ordinary high school. The campus is small, there are only freshmen and some kids come to school in a suit and tie.

Students are getting used to open hallways and a break-room style cafeteria, and in the classroom they're not wasting any time.

"It was fun and really challenging already. Lot's of tough questions to answer," freshman Omar Baradi said.

Students hit the ground running learning content, taking quizzes and tackling new assignments.

"It has been amazing. I just can't explain to you how incredible these kids are," teacher Linda Stairet.

Part of their success will come from the small class sizes, internships and more hands on learning to prepare them for the real world, an experience that could set a new standard for public education.

"Schools like Delta High School and other small schools, whether their focused on stem, performing arts and what-have-you, really could help to redefine the American high school experience," Principal Diedre Holberg.

And that's a goal students and staff are hoping to reach by 2013