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Jamaal Hickman: ‘You Have to Have that Somebody to Lean On’

When new graduation candidates arrive for orientation at Gwinnett County Acceleration Academies, Jamaal Hickman greets them at the door. “I tell them, ‘I meet you right here and I’m going to be ...


Graduations

Bethel Grads Realize Their Dreams and Offer Their Thanks

A mom trying to make a good life for her baby boy; a young man who needed a push to get back on track; a group of young men and women for whom traditional high school was simply not the right fit —...


Student Stories

In Ector, Finding a Way to Care for Her Brother and Herself

For Zamaria Farris, there were so many reasons to leave her traditional high school behind: sweaty hallways, teachers who lacked the time to help her, a social life that led her to the shopping mall r...


Alternative Education

Teen Parents Find Academic, Non-Academic Support at Acceleration Academies While They Earn Their High School Diploma

Of all the challenges that teenage parents face, finishing high school shouldn’t have to be one of them. At Acceleration Academies, we help young moms and dads succeed by providing a free, alternati...


Student Stories

CCAA Grad Alivia Angelina Erbella Apodaca: ‘You Can Do This’

While many students lost ground when the Covid pandemic temporarily shut down schools, Alivia Angelina Erbella Apodaca found her sweet spot studying remotely. “I get easily distracted by my friends ...


Student Stories

ECAA Grad Devon Linhardt: ‘They Were There for Me at a Really Low Point in My Life

When Devon Linhardt moved to Pensacola with his father, a spell of hard times forced them to live in a van and made Devon uneasy about enrolling at a traditional high school to finish his diploma. He ...


Alternative Education

Enrolling for Fall 2023, What to Know About Carolina Shores Acceleration Academy

As Carolina Shores Acceleration Academy prepares to open for Fall 2023 in South Carolina’s Grand Strand, here is everything you need to know about this tuition-free public charter high school. No. 1...


Student Stories

At Marion County Academy, Best Friends Soar Together

Adrianna Wann and Leilani Brown walked very different paths to Marion County Acceleration Academies, but these besties have something vital in common: a drive to move past adversity into a promising t...


Student Stories

Twins Find Support They Need at LAA: ‘It’s Like Magic’

Twin siblings Michael and Catherine Gorey have been at Lowcountry Acceleration Academy since the day it opened in 2021, and they’ve felt at home ever since. “There are teachers willing to help you...


Student Stories

MDAA Grad Christian Johnson Tunes Up for Success

From the time he was young, Christian Johnson has been a gifted trumpet player. That spark grew into a flame when he was in fourth grade and got invited backstage to meet legendary trumpeter Wynton Ma...


Personalized Learning

At Acceleration Academies, a Commitment to Removing the Non-Academic Barriers to Academic Success

At Lowcountry Acceleration Academy — like its sister schools across the United States — it’s impossible for young learners to get lost. Instead of having to raise their hand in a crowded classr...


Staff Perspectives

Rhyannon Jovan: Helping Young Learners Find Their Authentic Voices

To Rhyannon Jovan, there’s nothing more rewarding than helping a young learner find their voice through writing — especially if it’s a voice that’s been squelched through racism, poverty and o...