At Phoenix schools, all teachers and school leaders know that every student can graduate high school and succeed in college. Though our statement is bold, we are convinced it’s true for three reasons:
- Our students excel although they are typically the ones discounted from education reform. Phoenix exclusively operates high schools that recruit and retain older students at-risk for dropping out of high school. Our students begin an educational transformation between the ages of 14 and 22, and they still catch up to their academically successful peers.
- We’ve modeled ourselves after the best. The Phoenix model incorporates the rigorous academics of high expectations and college-prep charter schools and the relentless support techniques of leading youth development organizations for high-risk teenagers. We embolden students to manage their lives outside of school so we can push them to meet incredibly high standards.
- It’s working beyond Chelsea. In August 2012, Phoenix replicated its model for the first time. The rising momentum within our second school, Phoenix Lawrence, and the recent granting of another charter in Springfield, already suggests that Phoenix Chelsea’s success is transferable to at-risk teenagers across Massachusetts.