(PRWEB) September 27, 2013
Expeditionary Learning, the national education non-profit network of more than 160 schools and 4000 teachers committed to deeper learning, announced today that 100% of graduates in nine of its schools nationwide, were accepted to four year colleges and are beginning their higher education journey for the current 2013-14 academic year. The schools are:
“These nine schools are exemplary models of what high schools can achieve through a whole school design that focuses on rigorous academic learning, combined with citizenship and character,” said Scott Hartl, President and CEO of Expeditionary Learning. “Academic achievement, together with the skills needed to succeed in and beyond college -– problem solving, persistence toward excellence, and active citizenship - prepare Expeditionary Learning students for the real world with a focus on making contributions to their communities.”
Dr. Stephen Mahoney, Founder and Principal of Springfield Renaissance School, in Springfield, MA, said the founding class graduating in 2013 achieved a significant milestone. “Seven years ago, we set out to build a school that would beat the odds with a school that would stand as an example for the whole world to see that being nice, working hard, and getting smart matter far more than race or class or zip code.” 100% college acceptance each year, he believes, is now an entrenched part of the school’s culture.
About Expeditionary Learning
Expeditionary Learning is a leading K-12 non-profit organization committed to creating classrooms where teachers can fulfill their highest aspirations and where students can achieve more than they think possible. With more than 20 years of experience helping new and veteran teachers in all settings, we build their capacity to ignite each student’s motivation, persistence, and compassion so they become active contributors to building a better world and succeed in school, college, career, and life. Our innovative curriculum, teacher-created resources, and model of professional coaching and support are anchored by a vision of student success that joins academic achievement, character, and high-quality work. Expeditionary Learning partners with more than 160 schools and 4,000 teachers serving 50,000 students in 30 states, and thousands of other teachers through its professional services work in New York and other states. For more information, visit http://www.elschools.org.