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The new Boston Renaissance Charter School is re-opening in Hyde Park. (courtesy photo)
The new Boston Renaissance Charter School is re-opening in Hyde Park. (courtesy photo)

The Boston Renaissance Charter School is re-opening in a $39 million building in Hyde Park, which school officials hope will become "a model for urban education."

The new building, serving 1,100 preschool to sixth grade students, was financed in part by the sale of the school's Theatre District high-rise, which had housed the school since its formation in 1998.

The new building features many of the bells and whistles of a modern school in a wealthy district, but it is unique in that students have access to a wide range of services not normally found at school, including on-site health, dental and vision care.

The idea is to circumvent many of the barriers to success often experienced by poor, urban students. But how sustainable a "model" might this be?

WBUR's Monica Brady-Myerov took a tour of the new school Monday morning and reports back with her impressions.

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