The Phoenix Charter Academy Network manages a growing portfolio of free, open-enrollment, college preparatory public high schools in Massachusetts. Here’s what’s happening.

Phoenix recognized as one of the 13 most innovative schools visited by The 74 Million

Phoenix was recognized by The 74 Million as one of the thirteen most innovative schools they visited in 2017- what an honor! The list featured snippets of the articles written about each school during the year. See ours and their introduction below, and view the full list here.

From Washing Machines to the ‘Corridor of Shame,’ the 13 Most Innovative Schools We Visited This Year

By: Kate Stringer

Sometimes the problem seems small: A student doesn’t have a clean uniform and is embarrassed to show up at school. Sometimes the problem seems huge: A 21-year-old high school dropout wants to earn a diploma but is too old to finish school.

Regardless of the size of the problem, the consequence is devastating: Students aren’t getting the education they need. But across the country, pioneering educators are creating solutions to some of the timeless challenges plaguing our school system.

Check out 13 of the most innovative schools we’ve written about this year.

A Phoenix Breakthrough: How 3 Massachusetts High Schools Are Helping Dropouts Become College-Bound Grads

Photo credit: Genevieve de Manio

Lovelie Bernard was 22 years old the first time someone encouraged her to graduate from high school. Bernard is at the maximum age limit to receive a free, public education in her state, but her school, Phoenix Charter Academy, is making sure she gets to the finish line. The mission of the school is to help students just like Bernard — overage, undercredited — have a chance not only at a high school diploma but at college. It’s a challenging mission, but the Massachusetts network has made it a goal to turn the most underserved population into community leaders.