Students at East High School in St. Lucie, Florida, say they never take flight lessons.
The school is home to one of the nation’s oldest aviation schools, and the school is now preparing to shutter.
In September, the school was placed on the list of closed schools, which requires schools to either close or change curriculums to make space for other schools.
The Florida Department of Education lists the school as a failing school.
But the students say the school isn’t closed.
“We’re a community school,” said freshman Nalini K. Soto.
“We’re really not focused on students in our class.”
Soto says she didn’t take flight training.
Instead, she studied online.
In August, the Florida Department Of Education informed the school that it needed to close or close its aviation school, citing the closure of its aviation program.
Sotos said she took flight training but wasn’t allowed to take any further flight training at East.
She’s also upset that she hasn’t heard from the school since.
“It’s been five months, and I haven’t heard anything from them,” Soto said.
“They’ve just told me I’m not eligible to come back to East High.”
In an email to the Times, a spokesman for the school told the paper that there was no reason to close the school.
He said the school’s “excellence and commitment to the education of all students, faculty and staff has been recognized by the Florida Board of Education.”
The school’s flight school curriculum was designed by the company Avianca.
In addition to the training Soto took, the company also taught her how to fly.
“I don’t understand why this would be in their interest to shut down our flight school,” Sotos told the Times.