As the spring 2021 semester winds to an end and our seniors relish the final moments of their high school careers, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the many opportunities and accomplishments that our schools have achieved this year. Our schools are guided by our mission to transform public education and prepare all students for college, leadership, and life. And there is no better moment to celebrate these feats than National Charter Schools Week.
This school year has been far from easy. As our schools have grappled with distance and hybrid learning, they have continued to demonstrate resilience, standing as beacons of hope in many of our communities. In light of their tenacity, here are a few stories that encapsulate our mission and the progress we’ve made during the 2020-21 school year.
Highlighting the Green Dot Difference
Our schools compete with some of the best in California. This is why New York Times Bestselling author Jeff Hobbs chronicled the journey of four Green Dot high school students in his book Show Them You’re Good: A Portrait of Boys in the City of Angels the Year Before College.
Creating Spaces for Encouragement, Success
At Green Dot, our schools meet students where they are and tailor a custom learning plan to launch them to where they need to be. Keiry Valle, a rising college student, is an example of this commitment.
Forging a New Path
From a young age, Corteona Standback knew a college education would play a key role in her future. But the Fairley High School alumna never envisioned that her road to college would lead her 400 miles away from her home in Memphis, Tennessee, to Clark Atlanta University, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Atlanta, Georgia.
Building Better Learning Opportunities
There are many factors that can adversely impact student success and lead to student dropout rates, but our schools exist to help all students overcome these and other barriers to learning and growth. Through interventionist strategies such as “double blocking,” our schools have achieved exponential academic growth and narrowed critical skill gaps in core subjects, including reading and writing.
Preparing Students for College Now
At Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School, the road to college begins early. Through a dual enrollment partnership with East Los Angeles College, AEO is helping students create a path to success that includes taking college courses before they even reach their first year of high school.
Building New, Safe Ways for Students to Connect
“Think. Play. Serve.” This is the mantra that inspires our Expanded Learning programs, which provides opportunities for students to build their skills and connect with peers outside of the classroom
We are proud of our educators, staff, students, and our 20-plus year track record of going above and beyond to lead academically rigorous public schools in neighborhoods across the country that are most in need of high-quality public school options.