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Clark Atlanta

Why So Many Fairley Students Are Heading to Clark Atlanta University

July 11, 2018

When Fairley High School alumni and former teacher Cafabian Heard first walked on to the campus of Clark Atlanta University, little did he know that soon enough a trail of Fairley alumni would soon be following his footsteps, largely due to his mentorship and encouragement.

after school

Green Dot Students Advocate for After School Programs in Sacramento

July 5, 2018

“I know how much after school programs have impacted me, so having the opportunity to help students have the same great experiences that I had after school was an honor,” said Ryan Atapattu, senior at Ánimo Leadership Charter High School.


Chalkbeat–How one group unites, provides opportunities for Memphis-area musicians

July 3, 2018

Chalkbeat features Fairley High School’s band in their preparation for this year’s Independence Showdown Battle of the Bands.


The Broad Center–Equity, inclusion and welcoming learning environments fill us with pride

July 2, 2018

The Broad Center interviews Green Dot’s Vice President of Strategic Planning, Nithya Rajan, about Green Dot’s work on diversity, equity and inclusion, with a particular focus on our recent focus in California on supporting students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

class of 2018

Check Out the Smiles of the Class of 2018

June 28, 2018

Green Dot is proud to celebrate the Class of 2018! This year marked a number of milestones for our schools, and as we reflect on the school year, it’s clear how much there is to celebrate.


Tacoma Weekly — Destiny primed to grow as first class graduates

June 26, 2018

The Tacoma Weekly highlights Destiny Middle School’s first class of eighth graders moving on to high school next year, about half of which have been with Destiny since it opened three years ago.


Ping Pong Ball-Throwing Robots Get Put to the Test at Fourth Annual Competition

June 25, 2018

Students throughout the Green Dot network are learning how to meet the challenges of the future by building their own robots and testing the limits of their mechanical creations.


Kent Reporter–Kent’s Excel Public Charter School recognizes first graduating class

June 21, 2018

The Kent Reporter features Excel Public Charter School’s first graduating class of eighth graders.


Panels and Community Building at Annual Launch to College Event Prepares Students for Life on Campus

June 20, 2018

Each year college-bound seniors from all Green Dot high schools in California come together to connect with other seniors attending the same universities, and to learn more about their imminent transition to college.


Q&A: Meet Youth of the Year Award Winner Talisha Skinner

June 19, 2018

We sat down with Talisha Skinner, a senior at Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy. We spoke with her about what makes Locke special, her future, and what it means to be a Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year honoree.


Five Students Receive 2018 Boxer College Scholarships from the Oscar de la Hoya Foundation

June 18, 2018

This month, five seniors from Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School were awarded inaugural Boxer College scholarships by the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation at its 18th Annual Golf Classic.

social justice

Edutopia–The Flexibility of Computational Thinking

June 15, 2018

Computational Thinking Specialist Eli Sheldon shares with Edutopia three middle school projects—in English, math, and history—use computational thinking skills to address social justice topics.


Why the First Legacy Conference Was Vital for the Achievement of Our African American Male Students

June 11, 2018

This year we launched our first Legacy Conference, a day dedicated to exploring the deficits in educating and empowering African American students, in particular young men.


Kent Reporter — Local students accepted into WAS Summer Residency at The Museum of Flight

June 7, 2018

Excel Public Charter School’s music program was highlighted by the Kent Reporter for recently being awarded a piano by the Seattle Symphony.


How This Math Teacher Connects the Dots for Her Students

June 7, 2018

“It never fails, every time I tell someone that I’m a math teacher they say ‘oh my god, I hated math when I was in school,’” chuckled Elizabeth Marin, math teacher at Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School. Though she’s aware that not every student will leave her class in love with math, her goal is to ensure that all her students can confidently engage it.


Full Scholarship Alert! An Ánimo Watts Warrior Becomes a USC Trojan

June 4, 2018

“I will never forget the day the acceptance package came. In that moment, I was overcome with relief, empowerment, and tremendous gratitude just knowing all those difficult days and long nights were not in vain.” Ánimo Watts senior Jacqueline Martinez shares her story of getting a full ride to USC.


Meet Darryl: Developing a Joyful Resilience at Bluff City High School

May 30, 2018

“Every day I walk into this school, I try to make the best impression and show my teachers that I’m that guy who’s going to do something great with their life,” says Darryl Buchanan, a freshman in the founding class at Bluff City High School. “I try to make everyone proud.”


Tacoma Weekly — My son is happy and set to succeed in school

May 29, 2018

Destiny Middle School parent Imelda Santana shares with The Tacoma Weekly why Destiny is an important part of the Tacoma community, and the right option for her son.


Ánimo Cup Soccer Tournament Brings Green Dot Students Together

May 28, 2018

On an early Saturday morning, Green Dot middle school and high school students laced up their cleats for the Ánimo Cup, an intramural soccer tournament for teams in our network.


Ánimo Venice Students Create a Documentary Exploring Sexuality, Gender, and Race in Mesoamerica

May 24, 2018

With the support of their history teacher Omar Ramirez, Mariah Bonilla, Jason Clemens, Abraham Hernandez-Mazon, and Jonathan Lopez created a documentary for the Los Angeles County History Day Competition. Their film, which focused on the history of sexuality, gender, and race in Mesoamerica (pre-colonized Mexico and Central America) and post-colonized Latin America won them a spot in the state finals in Sacramento.


Venice Paparazzi–Venice Paparazzi Rolled Out the Red Carpet for the 8th Annual Venice Wave Awards

May 22, 2018

Ánimo Venice Charter High School teacher Omar Ramirez was one of 17 local teachers honored by the Venice Chamber of Commerce Education Committee for their achievements in and beyond the classroom.


And the Winners of the Sixth Annual Golden Dot Awards Are…

May 17, 2018

On May 5, 2018, eight Golden Dot Awards were given to staff who exemplify Green Dot Public Schools’ core values. Take a look at this year’s winners!


Kent Reporter–‘School Choice Isn’t Political – It’s Personal’

May 11, 2018

Excel Public Charter School parent Kesha Senters shares with the Kent Reporter what makes this neighborhood school such a good fit for her daughter.

best schools

Seven Green Dot High Schools Rank in U.S. News & World Report’s Best

May 10, 2018

We are pleased that seven of Green Dot’s high schools have been awarded medals by U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools 2018 report. The report recognizes seven of our independent public charter high schools as among the best in the nation, with Ánimo Leadership and Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo ranking in the top 1% again and both earning another Gold medal.


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