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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

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 […]

Written by on May 24, 2022

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 […]

Written by on May 24, 2022

One Key to Solving the Dropout Crisis is by Saving the Ninth Graders

Ninth grade is hard. Being 14 or 15 years old and experiencing multiple emotional and hormonal changes is challenging. Now after two years of remote instruction many students entering high school as freshmen must navigate a new, larger school, while finding the schoolwork more difficult, with core classes and standardized tests. Even previous straight-A students […]

Written by on April 25, 2022

A Flexible School Schedule was a Lifeline for Hayley

It was a chance meeting that brought Hayley Rico to our school. She was 17 years old, taking care of herself and her little brother because their parents who suffered from addiction were unable to properly provide for them. She had been kicked out of school for not attending regularly and was turned away from […]

Written by on April 25, 2022

A Little Understanding Goes a Long Way with Student Success

The transition to high school from junior high was challenging for Serina. The schoolwork became more demanding, and her teachers didn’t take time to understand where she needed help. “Starting high school changed my perspective. Everything got harder and nobody tried to understand where I needed the help. The teachers just wanted to get through […]

Written by on March 23, 2022