DERRY — The town’s first charter high school is getting ready to sign up its inaugural class.

Derry’s NEXT charter school is set to open in the fall of 2013 and it’s time to sign up the first class of students.

Enrollment begins in January for families wishing to send their student to the town’s alternative high school.

Classes will be held in the former Derry Early Education Program space at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School.

The first year, the school will take up to 30 students. But, eventually, the school could have as many as 90 students. Students from Derry may get first consideration for space, but anyone from any town can apply.

The school will be led by co-directors Justin Krieger and Joe Crawford. Both are currently assistant middle school principals in the Derry district.

The team also includes a board of trustees.

Kim Crowley is a trustee and said the public is invited to an open public discussion on Dec. 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Coffee Factory, 55 Crystal Ave., Derry.

“It will be a very open, social communication,” Crowley said. “Our goal is understanding.”

Those invited include not only parents but educators and anyone in the community who wants to learn more about the school and how it will operate.

Visit or call 437-6398 for information.

This Week's Circulars