HOUSTON A new Houston middle school opening in the fall will allow students to spend their days exploring museums instead of being confined to classrooms.

The A Plus Unlimited Potential Middle School won t have a building, instead students will use the Museum District as their home base.

The most exciting piece is the six museums, and the zoo and the city of Houston afford us the most amazing campus in the city, Jennifer Masthack said.

Masthack will help teach 40 sixth graders in the school s first class. The learning will be personalized to each child s interest.

If they are more budding artists, we will go through the Museum of Fine Art, if they are more into natural sciences, we will go through the planetarium and Museum of Natural Sciences, said Scott Van Beck, with Houston A+. We are really excited about untapping that potential, and exposing that to a group of learners, and seeing what interests they pick up on.

And it s not just fun and games; students will have to meet the same academic standards as in regular schools. Houston A Plus has already helped start four charter schools. This school will be tuition free.

The A Plus Unlimited Potential Middle School is accepting applications until next month. School officials will interview interested families and select children for the program.

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