Our School

Our School

The Inspiring Story of Two Teachers, One Big Idea, and the School That Beat the Odds

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
Describes a new approach to charter school education that has helped students overcome such challenges as disadvantaged backgrounds, language barriers, and poor middle-school academic records.

McMillan Palgrave

Honest, engaging, and inspiring, Our School tells the story of Downtown College Prep, a public charter high school in San Jose that recruits underachieving students and promises to prepare them for four-year colleges and universities. The average student enters ninth grade with fifth-grade reading and math skills. Many have slid through school without doing homework. Some barely speak English.
Tracking the innovative and pioneering program, award-winning journalist Joanne Jacobs follows the young principal who tries to shake the hand of every student each day, the dedicated teachers who inspire teens to break free from their histories of failure, and the immigrant parents who fight to protect their children from gangs. Capturing our hearts are the students who overcome tremendous odds: Roberto, who struggles to learn English; Larissa, a young mother; Pedro, who signals every mood change with a different hair cut; Selena, who's determined to use college as her escape from drudgery; the girls of the very short, never-say-die basketball team; and the Tech Challenge competitors. Some will give up on their dreams. Those who stick with the school will go on to college.
This gritty yet hopeful book provides a new understanding of what makes a school work and how desire, pride, and community--ganas, orgullo, andcommunidad--can put students on track for success in life.



Eloquence
Honest, engaging, and inspiring, Our School tells the story of Downtown College Prep, a public charter high school in San Jose that recruits underachieving students and promises to prepare them for four-year colleges and universities. The average student enters ninth grade with fifth-grade reading and math skills. Many have slid through school without doing homework. Some barely speak English.
Tracking the innovative and pioneering program, award-winning journalist Joanne Jacobs follows the young principal who tries to shake the hand of every student each day, the dedicated teachers who inspire teens to break free from their histories of failure, and the immigrant parents who fight to protect their children from gangs. Capturing our hearts are the students who overcome tremendous odds: Roberto, who struggles to learn English; Larissa, a young mother; Pedro, who signals every mood change with a different hair cut; Selena, who’s determined to use college as her escape from drudgery; the girls of the very short, never-say-die basketball team; and the Tech Challenge competitors. Some will give up on their dreams. Those who stick with the school will go on to college.
This gritty yet hopeful book provides a new understanding of what makes a school work and how desire, pride, and community--ganas, orgullo, and communidad--can put students on track for success in life.


Holtzbrinck
The average ninth grader beginning school at Downtown College Prep in San Jose, California, reads at a fifth grade level. By senior year, 94% of the graduating class is accepted into college. With a new approach to charter school education, this inner-city school has found success where so many others have failed. Honest and engaging, Jacobs work exposes the school's struggles and triumphs, from preparing students for the SATs in a community where many residents don't speak English to troubled students finding faith in themselves and the mentors around them. This gritty yet hopeful book offers sound advice and inspiration, while at the same time providing a new understanding of what makes a charter school work.


Baker
& Taylor

Outlines alternative strategies that have enabled a San Jose inner-city high school to maximize its instructional potential, describing its new approach to charter school education that has helped students overcome such challenges as disadvantaged backgrounds, language barriers, and poor middle-school academic records.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781403970237
1403970238
Characteristics: 240 p. ; 25 cm

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