Dec. 09, 2012 @ 09:06 PM

For this series, The Herald-Sun chose four students and their families to follow through the 2012-13 academic year to explore what these different opportunities for learning are all about.

The students are:

--Cameron McNeill, a junior at Riverside High School, part of the Durham Public Schools system.

--DeVon Eaddy, a freshman at Research Triangle Charter High School, a public-supported charter high school.

--Bella Cude, a sixth-grader at Duke School, a Durham private school.

--Henry and Scarlett Edwards, home-school students in Chatham County.