Month: May 2022

Maddy Learned it’s Okay to Ask for Help

Maddy R. had a tough childhood, being in foster care, living with various relatives and the ensuing trauma and anxiety that left her feeling lost. “Striving for academic success was the only thing that kept me alive for many years and this school sort of became my way out,” she explained. “I got the one-on-one […]

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Haa, waxaan ku hadalnaa Soomaali (Yes, We Speak Somali)

When you think of bilingual teachers, most people think of Spanish-speakers, but in our network of personalized learning schools 59% of our students are English learners, speaking 52+ different languages… Mayan languages Garifuna and Xinca, Chaldean, Filipino, Armenian, Kurdish, Hmong, Lao, Punjabi, Somali, Lahu, Khmer, Urdu and more. While we have teachers, tutors and counselors […]

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Why Does a Smart, Happy Kid Who Likes School Decide to Drop Out?

For Andrew S., 18, it was the pandemic. He liked going to school to spend time with other students, he loved to learn, and he was close with his teachers. His home life was good with close-knit family, and he enjoyed a great childhood exploring and playing in the woods. But when COVID hit, his […]

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