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MINOCQUA, Wis. (WSAW) -- The Lakeland Star School Academy will open this fall to all types of learners and more specifically students on the Autism spectrum.

To help these students succeed the academy is tailored to meet many diverse needs. With smaller class sizes, sensory rooms and even art therapy. The goal is to give students on the spectrum an opportunity to succeed in an environment that's suited to them.

In creating the new charter school, District Administrator and Principal of Lakeland Union High School, James Bouche explained that they looked into what could help the most.

"How can we tap into their strengths? That's the biggest thing we are looking at is taping into the strengths of the students so they can have productive lives down the line," Bouche said.

The academy will work with students in 7th through 12th grade, and so far 22 students are already enrolled.

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