As the new year approaches, I wanted to share with you the impact supporters like you have allowed us to make this year in support of public education in West Contra Costa County. We would not have been able to achieve these accomplishments without your generous participation and support.
When you walk into a freshman English class at Kennedy High School and ask the students how many of them want to go to college, nearly all hands go up. However, the reality is that only 28% of graduating seniors from the class of 2015 completed their A-G requirements – the coursework necessary to attend a 4-year public university in California.
Our kids and this program represent the hope and promise of our collaborative effort. Through continued involvement in high quality after school and summer programs, our kids will continue to build the skills and academic acumen to begin closing the achievement gap in West Contra Costa.
The Ed Fund is working to create educational environments where our students thrive and succeed in their chosen endeavors. This past year, in a strategic planning process with our community partners we asked the question, “What can we do to help our students graduate from high school ready to succeed in college and their chosen career?”
As First Lady Michelle Obama states so eloquently in her video featured in our August newsletter, we want all of our kids to take part in summer programming to build new skills, prevent summer learning loss, and return to school ready to
At a time, when we seem to be unable to constructively navigate through conflicts at the international, national, and local level, some experts are pushing for a radical solution: teaching empathy in schools.
In 2012, 33% of district students completed the FAFSA by the March 2nd priority deadline. In 2016, we are pleased to report that sixty-seven percent of district seniors completed their FAFSA or
California Dream Application by the priority deadline. This is the
highest completion rate the district has achieved.
This one-hour peek inside is your opportunity to hear from our staff, scholarship recipients and volunteers as we work to provide resources and support to West Contra Costa County to create educational environments where our students thrive and succeed in their chosen endeavors,
Elijah Toumoua is a Middle College High senior who “barely makes enough money.” He said affording college can be a large challenge for many students coming out of high school. Fortunately, he is receiving a scholarship from the Ed Fund. The Ed Fund, a nonprofit organization, is giving five high school seniors from MCHS each scholarships.
Teacher quality is, by far, the most important variable in student learning and in West Contra Costa we’re fortunate to have hundreds of great teachers as well as significant number of exceptional ones.