BLACKSTONE ACADEMY INC
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November 17, 2012
I've been involved with this public charter high school for over five years. I did a small consulting project at the school as was so impressed with the incredible work that they are doing with primarily low-income kids from the communities of Pawtucket and Central Falls, RI that I asked to join the board of directors when my project ended. This year, the school was rated Commendable -- the top rating given by the Rhode Island Department of Education. Beyond the extraordinary dedication of all of the staff at the school, I'm impressed with this model where education includes development of the whole student. All of our students are involved with community improvement projects where they not only learn authentically, but also have the opportunity to become leaders and learn real grit. Many charters that serve high school want their kids starting in elementary or middle school so that by the time they are taking high school tests they score high marks. We take kids in 9th grade and they make great progress. And they stay -- we want our kids to graduate, even if it takes 5 years. Our 4 year graduation rate is 90%., which is phenomenal for an urban high school. And most of our graduates are going off to four year colleges. Come visit. BACS is one of a kind!
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