Richland — A Richland alternative school focused around parental involvement was named an Innovative School by state education officials.
Three Rivers HomeLink was one of four schools to receive the honor this year, a release said. They will be officially recognized at an awards ceremony in April.
The Innovative Schools program, begun in 2011, recognizes schools for experimentation and creativity in learning, closing achievement gaps, collaboration with parents and the community and high staff morale.
HomeLink has about 400 students in grades K-12 and currently uses space at the Southside Church and nearby River's Edge High School in central Richland.
The school functions on a parent partnership model, where students can attend classes on subjects from math to cooking, but their parents remain their primary educator. The school is also popular with families who have students with special needs and others who aren't comfortable or struggle in a traditional school.