Category: Newsletter

How Student Retention Teams are Saving High School Dropouts

They’re part friend, part cheerleader and part problem solver. They are the retention specialists who work in our 80+ schools and they have one goal – to identify students who are at risk of dropping out and develop a multi-level approach to re-engage these students. When Raymond hadn’t shown up at school for a few […]

Written by on October 18, 2023

Amira Went from Dreading School to Loving It!

When we looked for students to join our new community outreach Street Team, Amira G. was at the top of the list. As a paid Street Team member, Amira learned professional skills like speaking, event planning and representing our schools throughout the community. After graduation, she wants to go to college to be a psychologist […]

Written by on February 15, 2023

Should Business Management Classes Start in High School?

While occasionally working for his father’s landscaping business, high school student Hector D. realized that protection against sharp tools, thorny shrubs, biting insects and brutal heat could be improved with better gear. He had the idea for a technical vest that would protect workers that he is calling Arbolero – combining the Spanish word for […]

Written by on February 15, 2023

America Needs School Counselors Now More than Ever

What was once a role focused on getting students out the classroom and into careers, school counselors are now responsible for so much more. They must focus on the mental health, behavioral health, emotional wellbeing and psychosocial development of the students they serve. High-profile headlines of mass shootings, unjustified brutality, fentanyl overdoses and hate speech […]

Written by on February 15, 2023

National Mentoring Month: Alumni Step Up as Ambassadors

There’s a lot more to high school than academics. Just ask Isabel S., who had trouble fitting in and socializing with her fellow students — which made it hard to concentrate in class as she found herself procrastinating on homework and falling behind. Then she transferred to our school where she was paired with an […]

Written by on January 17, 2023

Nurturing Aniyah’s Artistic Talent Along with Her Academics

Like any parent, Aniyah’s mom just wants the best for her daughter, and education is a priority in their family. “Aniyah has always been a good student and she especially loves art,” noted her mom, Christina. “She uses art to better understand her coursework – something she couldn’t do consistently in a traditional school. Along […]

Written by on January 17, 2023

The Learning Report October 2022

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.

Written by on October 26, 2022

The Learning Report September 2022

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.

Written by on September 28, 2022