Meet our Green Dot Growth All Stars!

Chad is a 12th grader at Green Dot’s Ánimo City of Champions High School in Los Angeles. Chad radiates kindness — he won’t tell you who his best friend is, instead he casually shares that he is friends with everyone on campus. To bring everyone together around his favorite hobby, he is starting a book…

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First Person: Growing from Middle to High School

My name is Lindsey Garcia, I am 14 years old and I graduated from middle school at Ánimo Jefferson Middle School and I am a current ninth grade (freshman) student at Ánimo Ralph Bunche High School. Starting high school was something I had always had mixed feelings about, as I was sad, happy, excited, but…

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Wooddale MS, Fairley HS students shine in iReady testing in Memphis

Students in Wooddale Middle School and Fairley High School in Memphis reflected significant growth in Math and Reading levels in the Spring iReady testing of the Green Dot schools. “These results are extremely exciting, and they add to what has been a great year for our schools in Memphis,” said Jocquell Rodgers, executive director of…

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UPAS graduates new leaders as part of the YOI program

The Youth Organizing Institute (YOI) of United Parents and Students graduated 14 students this past Summer in California and Tennessee as part of their program to empower them as leaders of their communities. The YOI program has been active for the past six years, and the 2022 graduation ceremony was the first in-person since the…

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Hillcrest High School achieves Level 4 in TVAAS for the first time

Hillcrest High School in Memphis achieved Level 4 scores in the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) for the first time. When Hillcrest was identified as a priority school by state assessments, the school was placed into the state’s Achievement School District (ASD), who invited Green Dot Public Schools to lead the transformation effort.  This is…

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Hillcrest HS Launches New Content Creator Course in Memphis

The new Content Creator initiative at Hillcrest High School in Memphis has both students and staff excited about giving them more opportunities on their way to college as well as being a motivation to excel in other courses. The program, generously supported by the Tennessee Valley Authority, will impact 20 students in the 11th and…

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Ánimo Jackie Robinson Graduate Seizes Opportunities to Come Out of Her Shell 

Alexis Vasquez, a 2022 graduate from Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School, plans to attend the University of California, Berkeley, who plans to enroll in the school’s business program as part of his goal of owning a business. He is part of the cohort of interviewed seniors from Green Dot Public Schools California, who shared their college plans and high school experience.

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Ánimo Jackie Robinson Graduate Alexis Vasquez Means Business

Alexis Vasquez, a 2022 graduate from Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School, plans to attend the University of California, Berkeley, who plans to enroll in the school’s business program as part of his goal of owning a business. He is part of the cohort of interviewed seniors from Green Dot Public Schools California, who shared their college plans and high school experience.

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