Expeditionary Learning Clears a Path to Higher Education

Jun 10, 2010, 17:19 ET from Expeditionary Learning Schools

Three New High Schools Send 100% of First Graduates to College  

NEW YORK, June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Expeditionary Learning announced today that 100% of graduates in its three newest start-up high schools have been accepted to college. Tapestry Charter High School in Buffalo, NY, Springfield Renaissance School in Springfield, MA, and Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy in Prescott, AZ join seven other Expeditionary Learning high schools to achieve this important benchmark of student success this year.

Scott Hartl, President and CEO of Expeditionary Learning, commented on this significant milestone: "College access is one of the most important civil rights issues facing this generation of high school graduates. We're opening high schools in urban neighborhoods and not only ensuring that every student has the option to attend college but also preparing them to succeed once they get there."

Expeditionary Learning partners with elementary, middle, and high schools across the country, offering a design that demands critical thinking, problem-solving, and active citizenship and that uniquely prepares students for the demands of college.

Springfield Renaissance School principal, Dr. Stephen Mahoney, states, "our students' academic achievements have re-established the concept of 'citizen-scholars'. It gives me tremendous hope for the future of our city, our state, and our nation."  

"These results provide an inspiring model of possibility," echoed Tapestry Charter High School principal, Lynn Bass.

Tapestry Charter High School, Springfield Renaissance School, and Northpoint Learning Academy were all founded as a partnership between Expeditionary Learning and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Access to a college education is critical to the mission of each school.

  • Tapestry Charter High School's graduation is June 24th at 5:00 p.m. at the Montante Center at Buffalo's Canisius College
  • Springfield Renaissance School's graduation is June 15th at 6:00 p.m. at Springfield's Symphony Hall
  • Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy's graduation was May 28th

About Expeditionary Learning

Expeditionary Learning (EL) transforms and opens schools across the United States. EL schools demonstrate that students can achieve at high levels on high stakes tests and actively engage as leaders of their own learning. There are 165 EL schools in 29 states and D.C., reaching approximately 46,000 students and 4,075 teachers.

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