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Teens are Asking Schools to Provide Mental Health Information

Alexandria T.’s home life was rocky, and she struggled with mental health challenges, including ADHD, anxiety and depression. In high school, she got little support and found it hard to concentrate on studies. Instead of dropping out, she transferred to our school and finally received the help she needed. “Students in trauma respond in different […]

Written by on May 21, 2024

Teacher Appreciation Week Should Be EVERY Week

Students and parents acknowledged the dedication and hard work of teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-11), but what are schools doing to attract and retain teachers? Schools nationwide are struggling to find teachers and 42 percent of schools feel understaffed. That number jumps to 57 percent in high poverty regions. It’s clear something needs […]

Written by on May 21, 2024

Students Feel the Bite of Financial Pressures

It seemed easy enough, get assigned a hypothetical salary and spend it on essentials, but for some of our students, a financial literacy event called Bite of Reality opened their eyes to the challenges of creating a budget and living within their means. Korina Echeverria, school counselor, explains how they partnered with a local credit […]

Written by on April 26, 2024

Dual Enrollment Child Development Program Offers a Plethora of Opportunities

Summer H. is fascinated by the cognitive development of children – something she has been exploring in college dual enrollment classes while working toward her high school graduation. “We’re learning about the milestones in cognition for different age groups and how they tie to behavior patterns,” she said. “I want a career where I can […]

Written by on April 26, 2024

Her Teachers Saw Her As More Than Just a Dropout

At her previous high school, Urseala was told many times by different teachers that she was a slow learner and wouldn’t be successful passing to the next grade. Fellow students made fun of her and while she was struggling to keep up, she found out she was pregnant and dropped out. At the suggestion of […]

Written by on March 22, 2024

Exploring Career Pathways for a Future in Graphic Design

When Tyreke J. saw a new barbershop open in his neighborhood, he noticed they didn’t have a logo. He knew he could design something eye catching. “So, I went in and told the owner that I was a graphic designer, and he should hire me for the job – and he did,” said Tyreke. “It […]

Written by on March 22, 2024

Where Would Vulnerable Students Be Without School Counselors?

For almost two years, Jayvon had been without a place to call home and often slept in a park. The park as it happened, was across the street from one of our schools. “I had heard about that school, so I just walked in and enrolled,” he recalls. “My counselors immediately made sure that I […]

Written by on February 26, 2024

From Experiencing Homelessness to a Solid Future

What do you do with a high school student who has ideas and dreams that don’t fit within four walls of a traditional classroom? Let them learn at their own pace, allow them to work on more than just assignments and emphasize building a future. Jahleena flourished with this model which helped her overcome barriers, […]

Written by on December 14, 2023

Can High Schools Do More to Prevent Bullying?

Bullying in high school is up since the pandemic, with more students saying they have been bullied at school. And more than 40 percent of bullied students said the incidents took place in hallways, stairwells and classrooms. “There are so many opportunities for kids to bully others in traditional school settings,” said Shellie Hanes, superintendent. […]

Written by on October 18, 2023