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Making College Real: Why All Green Dot Schools Tour College Campuses

Jun 4, 2019

At Green Dot, college tours are a critical component of our students’ path to higher education. Most importantly, exposing students to college campuses feeds a vision for their future, and allows them to imagine themselves walking the campus as a student one day.


How this student Shared a Stage with Michelle Obama

Jun 4, 2019

When Jenissi Gyan, a seventh grader at Excel Public Charter School, joined her local Girl Scout troop four years ago, she never imagined that her participation would lead her to sharing her future dreams in front of former First Lady Michelle Obama and a sold out crowd of 27,000 at the Tacoma Dome.


How a Student Group Helped Promote a More Inclusive School Environment

May 28, 2019

“The reaction when you hear the word ‘gay’ on this campus is not the same as it once was. What was once pervasive is no longer,” recalled Sarah Ducker, English teacher at Ánimo Leadership Charter High School.


Happy Campers: Bluff City Students Experience the Great Outdoors

May 27, 2019

Last year, a group of 40 founding freshmen from Bluff City High School spent one night at Camp Chia La Key in Huntsville, Alabama. Participants were offered a spot on the trip based on behavior and attendance. The trip began with a tour of Alabama A&M University, where students had lunch on campus and learned more about the university, and ended at the YMCA campground.


Why this Parent Loves Wooddale Middle School

May 27, 2019

Antoine Stone is a proud Green Dot parent who considers Wooddale Middle School a second home. “It feels so family oriented and that’s what I love. It’s not just teachers that come to teach kids, but it’s mothers and fathers that come to teach their kids, who they call their kids away from home,” said Stone.


Hillcrest Sweeps at Annual ACT-SO Competition

May 22, 2019

This summer, two students from Hillcrest High School will be heading to the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) National Competition in Detroit. The competition was first organized over 30 years ago by NAACP branches across the U.S. to encourage African American high school students to aspire for excellence in 26 academic areas of competition.


How Middle Schoolers are Creating Safe Spaces for LGBTQ+ Students

May 21, 2019

“I’m kind of mad I didn’t come to this school earlier. I came here a month ago and I finally feel like I belong,” admitted Yair Montano, an eighth grader at Ánimo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School. “In other schools, I felt shut out like I was nothing, but now I feel like I’m really a part of something.”


Why This Government Class Was Recognized by the California Department of Education

May 20, 2019

This year, Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School received the Civic Learning Award, a recognition by the California Department of Education awarded to schools that engage students in civic learning and help prepare the next generation of leaders to participate in our democracy.


Jewish Journal: L.A. Charter High Schoolers Learn About the Holocaust by Meeting a Survivor

May 17, 2019

More than 100 10th graders from Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School (AJR) gathered May 9 to listen to Holocaust survivor Rita Lurie’s story of how she survived in Poland.


Chad Soleo Appointed National CEO of Green Dot Public Schools

May 16, 2019

After a rigorous and extensive hiring process, Green Dot’s National Board has announced its appointment of Chad Soleo as the next National Chief Executive for Green Dot Public Schools.

Public School

Four Green Dot High Schools Named Top Los Angeles Public Schools for Underserved Students

May 14, 2019

In an effort to highlight Los Angeles schools successfully serving African American and Latino students in historically underserved communities, a report issued by Innovate Public Schools and USC provides a glimpse into the best institutions for closing achievement gaps.


Ánimo Florence-Firestone Students Are Coding to Solve Real-World Problems

May 13, 2019

Rebecca Rincon’s 21st Century Problem Solving class at Ánimo Florence-Firestone Charter Middle School goes beyond the typical math problems, and presents students with real-world problems and the tools to solve them.

knowledge bowl

Local Police Officer Coaches Winning Hillcrest Knowledge Bowl Team

May 7, 2019

This February, a team of students from Hillcrest High School won first place at the annual Memphis Police Department Crime Prevention Unit’s City Wide Black History Month Knowledge Bowl.


Why We Celebrate Our Teachers Every Day

May 6, 2019

Magical, awe-inspiring, caring, dedicated, and motivating– these are just a few words that describe Green Dot teachers.

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EDVISION: SUCCESS Coaching a Win-Win for SOE Counseling Students, Partner Schools

May 3, 2019

“My focus tends to be on the ones who are in crisis, as well as making sure that our eighth-grade students are on track to graduate,” Vidaurrazaga explains.

High School

Nine Green Dot High Schools Ranked Among Best in the U.S.

May 1, 2019

Nine Green Dot Public Schools are among America’s best high schools, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best High School Rankings.


Sports Roundup: Green Dot Teams Rank No. 1 Across L.A.

Apr 29, 2019

At Green Dot’s 21 schools across Los Angeles, coaches and school staff have embedded an investment in education within our athletics programs, helping students become sound in both mind and body.


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.


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.’”

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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