As drop-out rates increase across New York City, we are encouraged by the successful work that’s going on with students in area Charter Schools. “If you were to stand at 7:30 AM each morning outside of 225 Patchen and 600 Lafayette, homes of the Excellence Charter School of Bedford Stuyvesant and Leadership Prep Charter School, you would realize that these are no ordinary students you are watching arrive at school,” says Excellence principal Jabali Sawicki in the current issue of Our Time AT HOME. “Even though these students are between the ages of five and nine years old, it is evident that they are driven by a clear purpose and direction.
They are on a mission. Our work as a school is to teach our young scholars that college can be a reality, and then, more importantly, provide them with the academic preparation and the intellectual and social tools they will need to ensure that college will become a reality.”
Photo: Courtesy of Excellence CS of Bedford Stuyvesant