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She Promised Her Mom She Would Graduate – And She Did!

  Yvonne R. was proud and excited to walk across the stage to accept her high school diploma, but it was with some sadness, wishing her mother could be there with her. Yvonne lost her mom when she was just 14, and then bounced around living with various relatives while helping take care of her […]

Written by on August 29, 2022

Joel Found a Way to Expresses Himself…Through Poetry

  Despite a rough childhood with bouts of homelessness, bullying, and struggles at his church and previous high schools, Joel B. found a second home here. “When I came to this school, everyone respected me,” he explained. “One teacher was always there for me, like a second mom. Others cared enough to find out about […]

Written by on August 29, 2022

Could Inflation Worsen School Absenteeism Rates?

Inflation isn’t just changing our behavior at the gas pump and grocery store. More teens are working now than before the 2008 financial crisis. Some of them are taking advantage of all the higher-paying entry-level jobs, but others are just trying to help their families make ends meet. As the school year begins, some educators […]

Written by on August 29, 2022

What Do Parents Really Want for Their Children’s Education?

For Jesse, music is a way of life. He’s been playing bass guitar and touring since he was five years old. But all that travel meant going to school was hard — until he enrolled at our school. He had been to public school and had been homeschooled but found the difference here to be […]

Written by on July 27, 2022

Why Does it Take So Long to Get Your Order When You Go Out to Eat?

The number one problem is a decline in foodservice workers. Seven out of 10 operators report not having enough employees to support demand at their restaurants. Not only did COVID-19 change workers’ perspectives and interest in foodservice, but there has been a steady decline in the labor force in recent years. Since 2000, there are […]

Written by on July 27, 2022

A Media Fellowship Helped Karen Jumpstart a Future in Writing

Karen G. graduated in 2018 but wasn’t ready to start college. She was always a good student and liked writing but, like many high school graduates, she wasn’t sure what type of career she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Then an email landed in her inbox that would set her on […]

Written by on July 27, 2022

Our School Saved Ali’s Life…and His Future Looks Bright

Have you ever eaten green chicken? Taken cold showers with other people and been locked in a cell 16 hours a day? That was just part of the horror for Ali N., 15 years old and serving time in juvenile hall. He had been running with the wrong crowd and got arrested and sentenced to […]

Written by on June 16, 2022

Much to Celebrate in June

There may only be 30 days in June, but the month is chock-full of reasons to celebrate…It’s the month for grads and dads…and we have plenty of both! We are graduating thousands of students this month in more than 20 commencement ceremonies. Congratulations to all our graduating students – and to the dedicated teachers and […]

Written by on June 16, 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 […]

Written by on May 24, 2022