The Charter Blog

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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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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Transforming Baltimore One Young Woman at a Time

I have been attending the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (BLSYW) for seven years. BLSYW is a single-sex charter school serving grades 6 through 12 where Baltimore girls learn from some of the city's finest teachers and gain knowledge of sisterhood. As a founding class member of BLSYW, my class went through a lot together and I have learned so much while attending the school. 

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Embracing the Unknown

High school is notoriously known as a time of identity crisis. Many students feel tossed by the tumultuous winds of uncertainty. From choosing classes to choosing a college, it can be difficult to make decisions that shape one’s high school experience and beyond. BASIS Scottsdale’s unique charter school education provided the support that kept me anchored as I navigated unpredictable and unknown seas.  

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El fracaso no es una opción - failure is not an option

In fifth grade I handed my mom an application for a new charter school in the middle of Harlem. I spent a long time explaining the lottery process and she agreed to submit the application. This application turned out to be my golden ticket to the American Dream—the dream my mom fought so hard to give me. But my journey to attain the American Dream started long before my name was entered in that lottery.  

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