Some middle and high-school students at Naselle have outperformed other students in Washington in an environment where they are closely monitored, wear uniforms and are given food and housing.
Classes are small — about 12 students — for the 80 boys serving juvenile sentences at the Naselle Youth Camp in Pacific County. Eight teachers try to help them make the most of their time with targeted instruction in basic skills to prepare for state tests.
The troubled teens out-performed their non-incarcerated peers statewide, 74 percent to 64 percent, on the state's 10th-grade biology test.
The youth camp students must pass the same requirements as traditional high school students. Each year, about 60 boys earn their GEDs, and about 10 earn high school diplomas.