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Bridgescape Learning Academy to Help Dayton Students Earn Their High School Diploma

Innovative Dropout Recovery Program Comes to Dayton

Dayton, OH -- With the number one predictor of success in life being a high school diploma, the leading alternative learning program for students who are at risk of leaving school or have already left school, is now open to young people in Dayton.

The Bridgescape Learning Academy of Dayton, located at 3237 W. Siebenthaler Avenue, will provide an effective and personalized educational option for those students who want to earn a standard high school diploma.

Dayton-area students interested in learning more about Bridgescape should visit the website at: www.bridgescape.com; or call an enrollment counselor directly at 937-639-3192.

During the recently concluded school year, more than 2,000 high school dropouts and at risk students attended Bridgescape Learning Academies in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Norfolk, Durham, and Bridgeton, NJ.

Understanding that personal issues and challenges may have interfered with a student’s academic progress, Bridgescape offers a flexible program so students can attend on-site classes in the morning, afternoon or evening to suit their needs.

Unlike a traditional school setting, the Bridgescape program is a blend of one-on-one and group instruction, infused with interactive online offerings specifically tailored for each individual student.  Each Academy is staffed with on-site education teams to assist students in their daily studies. Two-thirds of the student’s instruction is provided by EdisonLearning’s eCourses and eSchoolware.

With the 2016-17 school year, Bridgescape Learning Academies will be adding a project-based learning curriculum, developed by Global Learning Models (GLM), to help students capitalize on their own strengths, learning styles, and interests by applying them to coursework.  The 48 GLM project-based learning courses in English, Math & Science core curriculum for grades 9 – 12 will be integrated with the existing EdisonLearning eCourses.

Since its inception in 2010, Bridgescape has awarded diplomas to 2,000 at-risk and dropped-out high school students, and helped prepare them to enter college or receive the necessary credentials to get a job upon graduation.

Eighty-two percent (82%) of students, who enroll in Bridgescape, complete the program and earn their diploma - which is higher than the national graduation rate for all schools.

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Chicago Bridgescape Class of 2016

Five Chicago Bridgescape Academies Award Diplomas to 203 Graduates

On June 14, the five Chicago area Bridgescape Academies held their third graduation ceremony at Roberto Clemente High School. Before a packed audience of more than 800 parents, guardians, family members, friends, and Bridgescape staff, Ms. Tara Lawrence conferred high school diplomas upon 203 graduates. It was an evening of excitement, tears, smiles, and so many positive emotions. These students, who were on the verge of not being successful in achieving their high school diploma, have been given the chance to progress forward through Bridgescape Learning Academies.

The graduates were encouraged through an inspiring commencement address given by Dr. Sabrena L. Davis, Student Success Director of EdisonLearning’s Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy in Gary, Indiana. She told them her personal account of how she overcame the struggles of her youth as she matriculated through school to ultimately obtain her post-secondary and post-graduate degrees. Dr. Davis told the graduates that “Tea Bags Live on Bridges”. The central theme of her message was one of hope, determination, and faith.

The “Magic Award” was bestowed upon five of the graduates, who were honored and recognized by their principals for reaching their high school educational goals despite having to overcome various obstacles in their personal lives. Like many of the students who seek out Bridgescape, these outstanding students also had stories, ones of travailing, persisting, and triumphing. The graduates were Shermaine Sewell – Brainerd Campus, Telan Lucas – North Lawndale Campus, Titochie Figures – Englewood Campus, Tatiana Brown – Roseland Campus, and Martin Ovalle – Humboldt Campus.

The success of Bridgescape Learning Academies in Chicago has been realized through the support of our many partners. Each year during graduation, Alderman Carrie Austin, alderman of the 34th Ward, where our Roseland Campus resides, recognizes two of our outstanding students: Jayla Lott and Tatiana Brown. Each student received a plaque and monetary gift from the Alderman’s Education Foundation. These gifts were presented during the graduation ceremony by a representative from the Alderman’s Office.

From their opening in 2013, Chicago Bridgescape Academies have graduated 320 students who, otherwise, may have been unsuccessful in the traditional high school environment in achieving their high school diploma.

 

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Norfolk Open Campus Bridgescape Graduation 2016

Class of 2016

On June 24, Norfolk Public Schools’ (NPS) Open Campus/Bridgescape program awarded high school diplomas to its class of 2016.

In congratulating the students, NPS said: “This program has given you the support and direction to overcome obstacles experienced in a traditional high school environment. The demands outside of school can sometimes make traditional classes difficult to attend - that’s why we developed a customized program to meet your needs. School counselors have helped you get back on track. Now, you've earned a standard diploma by outlining the critical steps toward finding a career, enrolling in college or completing a technical degree. Congratulations! You are prepared for the next chapter of your lives.”

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Cleveland Bridgescape Graduation

Class of 2016

On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 35 students from the George V. Voinovich/Bridgescape Learning Academy in Cleveland, Ohio received their diplomas before an assembly of 700 friends, family and supporters.  Ms. Kym Seller a well-known Ohio radio personality delivered the Keynote address focused on determination and overcoming obstacles.  Ms. Seller is the founder of the Kym Sellers Foundation which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for multiple sclerosis research and awareness.  Sophomore students Vania Johnson and her younger brother Kendrick performed and string duet of violin and base.  Prior to the Commencement exercises, senior students enjoyed a luncheon with GVRA staff.

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Columbus Bridgescape Graduation

31 Graduate from the Columbus Bridgescape Learning Academies

On June 10, thirty-one students received their high school diplomas from the Capital High and Road to Success Bridgescape Learning Academies in Columbus, Ohio. Liban Behi was recognized as Valedictorian from Capital High; and Road to Success honored Shianne Jeffers as Valedictorian, and Shaquille Samuels as Salutatorian.

In addition to family and friends, a number of graduates were joined at the ceremony by their children.

In his remarks to the graduates, Thom Jackson commended them for overcoming “difficult challenges” to become high school graduates.  He stated,

“This is not a usual graduation ceremony.  Because in fact, it is a ceremony that celebrates a truly unique form of success and achievement; success that was best described by the foremost African-American leader and educator, who was born a slave – Booker T. Washington: ‘Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life, as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed.’”

Thom further said to the graduates,

“You are to be congratulated not only for your academic success, but for your determination to persevere above and beyond difficult life circumstances to earn their high school diploma. Some of you have stood up to bullying. Some of you dropped everything to help take care of a child or ailing family member. Some, due to your economic situation, were forced to set aside your education.”

In concluding his remarks, he said,

“I also want you to realize that not only have you defied the odds -- not only have you shown your resolve, perseverance, and tenacity -- each one of you has given the gift of hope to every student who will come through the doors of a Bridgescape Academy after you. You are proving that hard work pays off.”

 

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