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National Alliance July Newsletter

We had a great time at the 2016 National Charter Schools Conference in Nashville. More than 4,000 charter school supporters from across America gathered to celebrate the movement’s 25th anniversary. We highlighted our progress and discussed where we need to go from here to ensure that more students have the opportunity to attend a high-quality charter public school.

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Guam Charter Schools Celebrate Expansion and Support

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is pleased to welcome the island territory of Guam as one of the nation’s most recent entities to recognize charter schools and their ability to provide increased educational opportunity for students. The island passed its first charter school law in 2009 and opened the doors to its first charter school, Guahan Academy Charter School, in 2013. As is done in the United States, Guam began celebrating the annual National Charter School Week in 2015. The charter movement in Guam is gaining momentum as Guahan Academy will celebrate its first graduating class and the island’s second charter school, iLearn Academy Charter School, will round out its first full school year in operation.

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What Has Taken Me to this Point Will Take Me Further Still.

Upon graduation from college this year, I look at where I am now and where I want to be. Columbia University has had a remarkable impact on my outlook in so many ways—introducing me to cultures, religions, philosophies, science, broadening the scope of my knowledge and understanding. The impact of those influences will stay with me as I contemplate my ambitions in terms of my career and my goal of traveling the world.

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It was Absolutely Worth It

When people think about high school, they imagine it as a place filled with friendship and laughter, like in the popular Disney musical, High School Musical. In reality high school is much more than that. In my experience, high school has been a very interesting chapter. Not saying that there isn’t any laughter, fun, and rainbows, but from a realistic point of view, high school is filed with its ups and downs and definitely includes a little bit of dramatic teenage drama. With that, I strongly believe high school is just the start of adulthood, character, and relationships.  

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The Potential to be Great

High school has been a very interesting experience for me. It has definitely had its highs and lows and many confusing experiences in between. Overall, I feel like I have been equipped not only for college, but also life as a whole. High school taught me many things, both academically and emotionally. It has revealed and exposed my true colors, both good and bad, and as a result, built many aspects of my character. My experiences at CICS Northtown Academy have shaped me into the person that I am today.

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A Starter On and Off the Field

As he graduates from Achievement First Hartford High School, Jahkai has a lot to be proud of. He’s heading to the University of Tennessee Martin on a football scholarship, has excelled in class, including in AP courses, and he’s been a leader at home, especially for his younger sister. For Jakhai, a lot of that success is thanks to his time at Achievement First – he knows things could’ve been different.

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Confluence Charter Brightens Futures in St. Louis

The power an educational institution has on its students is immeasurable, and essential for their success. Confluence Charter Schools St. Louis is known for vigorously catering to its student’s needs, from pre-K right on through to high school graduation. What initially began as the one-campus Confluence Academy in 2003 has evolved into a system of five schools, educating 3,600 students. One of these schools, is the Grand Center Arts Academy (GCAA), which focuses on the visual and performing arts and is known as one of the highest quality arts program in the Midwest. And this is just one of the five successful Confluence schools. Each school has an desire for its students to perform well and this can be clearly seen with this year’s Confluence graduating class of 2016.

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Navigating Immigration Status and College Applications Isn't Easy

Barbara Ferreira, a graduating senior at City on a Hill Charter School has made her way from Brazil, to Boston, and will be making her next stop at Northeastern University on a full scholarship. How did this journey begin? When Barbara was just two years old her family came to America to live the American Dream. However, Barbara says that she was not confident in school and struggled to keep up. That narrative began to change when her mother became a housekeeper for a couple that encouraged her and helped her to see her potential. “They helped me a lot, telling me how the school system works here in Boston,” Barbara said. 

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School Year on the Brink: Lessons Learned from a Successful Campaign That Saved Washington State’s Charter School Sector

Washington State’s Supreme Court ruling on charter schools in September 2015 thrust charter schools across the state – and the families of students attending them – into crisis. Confronted with the possibility that their excellent new schools could close, parents, advocates, and educators saw no other option other than to stand up and fight for legislation that would keep schools open and preserve their ability to exercise choice in the public education of their children.

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Turning the Ivy League Dream into Reality

“I plan on majoring in environmental policy and one day working in veterinary medicine and public health,” says Somerset Academy Chapel Trail senior Anthony O’Neil. The Gates Millennium Scholar will be attending Harvard University in the fall. A first-generation college student from a low-income, Latino family, Anthony started at Somerset in the 5th grade.

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