Students We Help BY STEVEN J. BOURGEOIS, PHD ELIZABETH CAMARENA

Student Profile #1

Asher

Age: 17

Ethnicity: White

Years on Campus: 3

Gender: Male

Grade: 12th

Goal: Medical School

Anticipated Grad Date: 11/2017

Autonomy

“I feel like having your own little space helps a lot, with being able to separate yourself from feeling like you're in a room with a lot of people.”

Competence

“Compared to the traditional school system, I guess I felt very unchallenged was a part of the reason why I didn't like the traditional system.”

Relatedness

“She’s been definitely part of my support system, more than any other teachers in the past I’ve had. I definitely feel like she’s more of a counselor than anything for me.”

Reason for Attending

“I came here primarily because, I guess, the traditional system doesn't really work for me.”

Student Profile #2

Molly

Age: 18

Ethnicity: African American

Years on Campus: 1

Gender: Female

Grade: 11th

Goal: Animator

Anticipated Grad Date: 4/2018

Autonomy

“Here, you can be ahead of every other student. You don't have to wait on the teacher. . . . in the morning, I'll work on just one subject and in the afternoon I'll work on another subject.

Competence

“Every time I take a test, and every time I score a big score for me, I feel like I achieved something greater than life.

Relatedness

"I really enjoy the teachers here because they actually give more effort trying to help you, instead of just showing you [how] to do something.”

Reason for Attending

“This school is quite different. Different from charter schools that I know. Like it's more academic.”

Student Profile #3

Melinda

Age: 15

Ethnicity: Hispanic

Years on Campus: 1

Gender: Female

Grade: 10th

Goal: Notary

Anticipated Grad Date: 6/2018

Autonomy

A lot of kids don't know how to ask for help, so that was a good advantage [sic] point that I had to go ask for the teacher’s help.”

Competence

“I think it's a good fit for me personally because, since I go at a fast pace. . . . I walk in, I say good morning to the teacher. I go to my desk, I do the work.”

Relatedness

“You've gotta learn how to act with other kids, and be like, this one's sincere, and this one's not sincere.”

Reason for Attending

“I got all F's, so I came here to this school and I thought I could be better and I knew if the work was right in front of me, that I'll do it, and I did.”

Student Profile #4

Johnny

Age: 18

Ethnicity: African American

Years on Campus: 1

Gender: Male

Grade: 12th

Goal: Medical Field

Anticipated Grad Date: 11/2017

Autonomy

They also allow music because it helps you calm and not worry about everything else . . . I work independently and if I ever need to go over there, they'll let me go and they'll help me now with the group

Competence

I pass them [tests]. 90's and above . . . I work independently and if I ever need to go over there [the Learning Center], they'll let me go and they'll help me now with the group.”

Relatedness

“Sometimes we get to partner up with somebody as long as we're quiet.”

Reason for Attending

“I’m on a program that makes it a lot easier and gives me more help for my classes so I could pass them.”

Student Profile #5

Crystal

Age: 19

Ethnicity: Hispanic

Years on Campus: 1

Gender: Female

Grade: Class of 2016

Goal: Architecture

Status: University, FT

Autonomy

“I found myself to be less engaged in my studies when I was at my previous high school because of talking to students left and right, while the teachers was discussing the work. A lot of distractions, so I really liked the environment here.

Competence

“Just jumped into it and before I knew it I was completing books by the day. . . . Per week? I usually got out three to five at the beginning. Once I got to my more difficult studies, higher math, and some of the physics and science it took me bit longer.”

Relatedness

“ I liked that individualized attention with the other teachers. . . . Okay. So the level of high school drama was not ... it was the same here as it was at any other school.”

Reason for Attending

“I had always wanted to graduate early. . . . Just the way it was all on your own, at your own pace. I really liked that. Loved it.”

Our Software

Successful students gradually build academic momentum and internalize extrinsic goals

Two types of students are in the school:

  • Those in need of remediation
  • Those in need of acceleration

Students benefit from the unique structure of the school providing the following:

  • Those in need of remediation
  • Those in need of acceleration

Students who are most successful are:

  • Good readers
  • Have developed a reason for succeeding
  • Develop positive relationships with peers, teachers, and administrators

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