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The Charter Blog

At This Time, At This Place, and on to MIT

May 15, 2017 | by Afeefah Khazi-Syed |

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.

They say that you get this weird feeling when you are about to leave a place. Like you’ll not only miss the people that you know, but also the person that you are right now at...

Waking Up At 5:30 a.m. Every Day Was Well Worth the Sacrifice

May 14, 2017 | by Kristyanne Cabrera |

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.

To me, a charter school is an educational institution that a school-age child may “choose” to attend so that they may discover new opportunities that will allow them to grow and...

I May Be Incarcerated, But My Education Doesn’t End There

May 13, 2017 | by Brittany Rodgers |

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.

My name is Brittany Rodgers, I’m 19 years old, and I am incarcerated in the Kent County Correctional Facility. I am also a graduate of the Lighthouse Academy Charter School in...

My Mom (and KIPP) Don’t Just Hope for Me to Go to College, They Expect It

May 12, 2017 | by Fernando Barrientos |

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.

My family is from the Dominican Republic. I was raised by a single parent in a low-income household. My mother has been set on me going to college. She doesn’t hope for it—she...

GradSnapp: College completion takes a village

May 12, 2017 | by Oscar Sweeten-Lopez |

The transition from high school to college is exhilarating and exciting, but also daunting and a bit scary for most students. This is no different for first-generation college students, but often these students experience additional challenges because they don’t have parents or other family members to help them navigate the transition and settle into that first college semester. Trust is key

Graduating Senior Takes Flight With the West Michigan Aviation Academy

May 11, 2017 | by Julia Stevenson |

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.

My name is Julia, and I am a 2017 graduate of West Michigan Aviation Academy (WMAA) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I immediately wanted to attend WMAA when I discovered it in an...

When GED Completion Changes Everything

May 10, 2017 | by Alfonso Martinez |

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.

I Found “Joy, Wisdom, and Growth” at Quest Charter Academy High School

May 09, 2017 | by Andrew Greenway Jr. |

I think that in my time attending Quest Academy Charter School in Peoria, Illinois, I've learned more about the world, my fellow students, and myself than any other school I've attended.

A College-Bound Class President with Many Lessons Learned

May 08, 2017 | by Christopher Aguilar |

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.

From Founding Student to Founding Teacher at Two DSST Campuses in Ten Years

May 07, 2017 | by Ariana Dominguez |

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.

Many people can name decisions that changed their lives forever. One of mine was in 2005 as a freshman in high school in Denver, Colorado. I spent two weeks convincing my...

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