This month, beginning with National Charter Schools Week, we will feature stories from charter school graduates from across the country. Check back every day to see a new student feature in our 30 Days of Grad series.
Right before the financial crisis decimated the global economy, I was failing my freshman year of high school. Throughout my education, I excelled in the humanities, but struggled in math and science, always needing extra help in class, and earned average scores on state tests. But in the fall of 2007, I wasn’t just struggling; I was drowning. My report card was riddled with Ds and Fs as health problems afflicted my father and my mother began to feel the weight and eventual collapse of the housing market. Being a teenager and battling bullies is hard enough, but I wouldn’t have been able to handle what was coming for me if I hadn’t made a change from my district public school education to a charter school.