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The Charter Blog

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

June 28, 2016 | by Percee-Goings King |

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...

It was Absolutely Worth It

June 27, 2016 | by Nyria N.M. Stuart-Thompson |

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...

The Potential to be Great

June 21, 2016 | by Bushra Gaffor |

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...

A Starter On and Off the Field

June 20, 2016 | by Jakhai |

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...

Confluence Charter Brightens Futures in St. Louis

June 19, 2016 | by Jasmine Sami |

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...

Navigating Immigration Status and College Applications Isn't Easy

June 18, 2016 | by Barbara Ferreira |

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...

Turning the Ivy League Dream into Reality

June 17, 2016 | by Anthony O'Neil |

“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.

Transforming Baltimore One Young Woman at a Time

June 16, 2016 | by Zakia WIlliams |

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. 

Embracing the Unknown

June 15, 2016 | by Zoe Mhungu |

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...

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

June 14, 2016 | by Anthony Aybar |

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...

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