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Coleman

Founding Freshman Finds New Vision for Her Future at RVLA High

Apr 25, 2019

Le’Trianna Coleman’s growth at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy HS is irrefutable: in less than a year at RVLA HS, her GPA has grown a full point, and she’s transitioned out of classes for students that need extra support into several honors courses.

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English

How This Student Grew Eight Grade Levels in English in Three Years

Apr 23, 2019

“Before coming here I couldn’t wait until the school day was over. Before coming here I would catch up on homework in my other classes and not pay attention,” recalled Klein Sanchez, a senior at Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School (ODLH). “I just didn’t care, but being here it was like, ‘I have to get my grades up, I have to graduate, and get accepted into college.’”

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African American

How African American Students are Closing Achievement Gaps

Apr 22, 2019

Growing up, I didn’t know what path I wanted my life to take. I did, however, understand early on that my path was different because I am an African American male–being stopped and questioned by police officers was a regular part of my childhood.

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Neighborhood

Green Dot Students Dive Into Data to Propose Changes Across the City

Apr 18, 2019

This winter, Green Dot students from Ánimo Jackie Robinson, Ánimo Ralph Bunche, and Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High Schools participated in Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin’s L.A. DataFest competition.

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boxing

Grindhouse Boxing Provides Socioemotional Lessons for Students at Fairley

Apr 11, 2019

“I joined the program to help me get control of myself and my anger,” reflected Javeries Suggs, a freshman at Fairley. “It has helped me become a nicer and calmer person. It has also helped me keep myself on track and stay more focused.”

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STEM

Creating Middle School Pathways to STEM Careers

Apr 9, 2019

People of color are grossly underrepresented in STEM careers. That’s why at Green Dot, we begin preparing our students in middle school, many of which have added 21st Century Learning Lab courses that utilize curriculum from Project Lead the Way.

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estudiantes

La Opinión: Organización prepara estudiantes del sur de Los Ángeles

Apr 5, 2019

La Opinion reports on the importance of Expanded Learning Programs, including Nature Now — a program that works with students at Ánimo South Los Angeles Charter High School.

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core

Ten Green Dot Schools Win Student Growth Awards from CORE Districts

Apr 4, 2019

Last week, several schools in the Green Dot Public Schools California network were announced as recipients of the CORE Districts’ Academic Growth Awards. Most notably, Ánimo Western Charter Middle School was recognized for three years of high impact growth in English Language Arts.

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Athletics

More Than a Game: Layups and Life Skills

Apr 2, 2019

“Early in my career, my first principal told me, ‘I don’t see the value in athletics.’ My jaw dropped,” recalled Todd Wright, Athletic Director at Ánimo Ralph Bunche Charter High School. Wright knew nothing could be further from the truth.

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football

Signing Days Celebrate Football Players at Hillcrest and Fairley

Apr 2, 2019

Memphis’ Fairley High School and Hillcrest High School hosted their annual Signing Days, celebrating nine football senior football players who signed letters of intent to attend universities across the country.

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reflection

FOX13 — Kirby Middle offers “reflection room” as alternative to detention

Mar 29, 2019

Kirby Middle School’s reflection room offers students a space to resolve conflict and process emotions.

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Exposing Students to Diverse Career Pathways

Mar 28, 2019

This semester, students at Ánimo City of Champions Charter High School had the opportunity to learn from esteemed professionals at their second annual career day!

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seahawks

What Mitochondria and the Seattle Seahawks Have in Common

Mar 26, 2019

Caresse Fernandez has spent enough time in the classroom to feel comfortable about her approach and the strength of her curriculum, and yet this year, she decided to upend all of her tried and true curricula to start fresh. She’s making connections between classwork and local news, including the Seattle Seahawks, orca whales in the Puget Sound, and more.

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Grandparent

Why This Grandparent Loves His Grandchildren’s School

Mar 25, 2019

Meet a proud Ánimo Phillis Wheatley Charter Middle School grandparent! When his children were growing up work limited the time he had to particpate in their education and lives at school. But now with as a grandparent he’s able to play a critical role in his grandchildren’s education and he couldn’t be happier.

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Charter

EdSource: A cap on charters would only cap family choices

Mar 20, 2019

The raft of proposed legislation in the state Legislature seeking to limit or cap charter schools all share one disturbing element: the bills ignore the impact charters have on the students they serve.

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Math

How This Student Grew Over Three Years in Math in Just One Year

Mar 19, 2019

When Lorenzo Mays, now a sophomore at Bluff City High School, entered the school as a freshman, his iReady testing results demonstrated second to fifth grade proficiency in multiple math subjects.

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school of the year

Locke Receives 2019 Charter School of the Year Award

Mar 13, 2019

Today, Alain Leroy Locke College Preparatory Academy, the former Locke High School and Green Dot’s first turnaround school, was named Charter School of the Year by the California Charter Schools Association at their annual conference.

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Art: ‘Big Bang Mary’ by Kimberly Mejia Vasquez

Mar 6, 2019

See the art piece that won third place from all of our California high schools by Kimberly Mejia Vasquez, a student at Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy.

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Writing: ‘Shots Fired’ by Eric Daniels

Mar 6, 2019

Read the poem that won third place from all of our California middle schools by Eric Daniels, a student at Ánimo Westside Charter Middle School.

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Writing: ‘Shoot! Shoot! Shoot!’ by Albert De Los Santos Rodriguez

Mar 6, 2019

Read the poem that won third place from all of our California high schools by Albert De Los Santos Rodriguez, a student at Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School.

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