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What Every Parent Needs to Know about Social Media and the Holidays

The holidays can be the most wonderful time of year, but for some it can be a toxic time, full of anxiety and endless scrolling. Studies show social media use among children spikes about 70% during the holiday season, for a total of more than eight hours per day.  “But not everything about social media […]

Written by on December 9, 2022

Tips for Parents Tackling Special Education Challenges

Being the parent of a child with special needs can be tough. It can lead to a lot of questioning, even in your own abilities as a parent. But parents are not alone! And there are plenty of things parents can do to make sure your child gets the most out of their education. Here […]

Written by on December 9, 2022

A Parent’s Playbook for Keeping Kids in School

The transition to high school from junior high was challenging for Serina V. The schoolwork became more demanding, and she found it hard to get extra help. “Everything got harder and nobody tried to understand where I needed the help. Everyone just wanted to get through the class,” said Serina, age 17, who was on […]

Written by on October 25, 2022

Students Get Back on Track Thanks to Tutors

Remember when getting help with your homework at the kitchen table often ended in tears and frustration? These days, many parents are working from home but are challenged to find time to work with their children. Tutors can bridge this gap and with remote options available, they can connect with students now more than ever. […]

Written by on October 25, 2022

Flying Drones in a High School Film Class Helped Launch a Military Career

Rafael E. remembers his digital media class when the teacher had them fly drones to get compelling aerial shots. Fast forward three and a half years and Rafael is flying reconnaissance drones for the U.S. Army. Enlisting right after graduation, he was sent to boot camp three days later and has been sent overseas to […]

Written by on October 25, 2022

Sophia is Prepared for College – Both Academically and Emotionally

Traditional high school was a challenge for Sophia G. because a chronic illness and need for surgery had her missing so many classes that she was falling behind. With a flexible school schedule, she could go at her own pace, and her teachers even made sure she got her assignments when she was home sick […]

Written by on September 26, 2022

Once Her Own Antagonist, Karina is Now Happy, Outgoing and Has a Bright Future

Karina B. struggled with some mental health issues that made going to a public school difficult. She was anxious around large groups and suffered from depression which exhausted her both emotionally and physically. “This school helped me finally face myself. Did I really want to spend my whole life going in circles? Or did I […]

Written by on September 26, 2022

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