When I was eight, not knowing a single word of English, I immigrated to the United States from South Korea. In elementary school, I was always by myself because I couldn’t speak the language. In middle school, I was afraid to talk to my peers or teachers because all I got in return was people making fun of my accent. All I had during recess was my soccer ball.
This is a speech by Brenda Sifuentes, 2018 IDEA Alamo Graduate. Brenda will be attending the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the fall.
My name is Brenda Sifuentes, a 12th grader at IDEA Alamo, and I’m going to be a first generation college student.
Renita Thukral and Robert Reed head the Alliance of Public Charter School Attorneys at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
Summer is upon us. While students are at camps, poolside, or working part time, most charter school leaders are already focused on the fall, planning for the school year and asking questions:
Never let the thought of the ‘impossible’ deter you from reaching your goals. My name is Dymond Walker and I’m a high school senior at Magnolia Science Academy – 3 (MSA-3) in Carson, California. I’ve attended Magnolia Public Schools since I was in sixth grade and throughout my journey through both middle school and high school I have had my fair share of trials and tribulations.
Cala Cross has big plans for herself and for the future of Fort Worth. The recent high school graduate joined Uplift Mighty Preparatory in southeast Fort Worth, Texas, when she was in the seventh grade. “When I arrived at Uplift Mighty, I was regularly earning Cs on my report cards. My teachers and counselors accepted me for who I was and where I was academically, but they also gave me the...
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy is a network of college-prep schools serving 3,600 students, nearly all of whom receive free or reduced-price lunch and over a third of whom are English learners. The Dalzell Lance Campus, part of the Camino Nuevo network, has gained state and national recognition for supporting and investing students in the school's mission of going to college and becoming agents...
Andrea, Christine, and Catherine Domiter - IDEA Donna
THE DOMITER SISTERS, proud IDEA Donna Titans, were born in the Philippines. When they were young, their parents moved the family to the United States, and in 6th grade, they joined IDEA Donna, our flagship school. They are bright, hard-working kids because their parents instilled in them the importance of education at a young age.
SouthTech Academy's mission is to prepare students for work, higher education, and productive citizenship. They are based in Boyton Beach, Florida.
Read more about this year's senior class and our special highlight of two charter school graduates from the school.
Wintana Mesfin is a graduating fifth grader at Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary in San Jose, California. She delivered a version of this story at Rocketship Public Schools’ Tenth Anniversary Celebration in April as the winner of Rocketship’s Oracy Competition.