LEXINGTON COUNTY (WACH)-- Audrey Lorence's son is in the first junior class at Lexington's newest high school River Bluff.
The multimillion dollar school is a state of the art learning center providing students a 21st century education.
"To me this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, I mean if I were other parents I would move to this zone, just for my kid to have this opportunity," said Lorence.
Students at River Bluff high school will learn in a different way, itâ??s called the expeditionary learning process. The high school will join a network of more than 160 schools that teach students through real work experiences, that ties to the core curriculum and standards they're learning in the classroom.
"It gives them the chance to grow, to grow on their own, and to prove to themselves that when they have free time and they can take that and dwell into learning more," said Lorence.
"An opportunity for students to learn in a 21st century learning environment, providing students access to technology, providing and learning experiences that will connect them to college and career readiness," said principal Dr. Luke Clamp.
Part of the new learning program at River Bluff will have students and teachers collaborating in small groups and one on one.
The classrooms are much different than a traditional room.
Students will be learning in large lecture rooms, similar to the ones they'll see in college.
Classrooms will have brighter lights, movable furniture, state of the art technology and an independent study area that connects to teacherâ??s offices, giving the teens an opportunity to get any help they need.
Clamp says these changes provide a better learning environment for students and prepares them for the real world.
"It'll be a beginning of an amazing journey that we've been on for many, many months and the start of an opportunity for students," adds Clamp.
"This is an opportunity of a lifetime," concludes Lorence.
That opportunity begins for more than 1,200 students on Monday.