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News - May 14, 2010

Phoenix Academy's first grads are college-bound

Grueling pace for students, staff at East Palo Alto charter school pays off for the 21 graduates

by Chris Kenrick

A small charter school in East Palo Alto celebrates the graduation of its first senior class next month.

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Midtown
on May 14, 2010 at 3:22 pm

It is really great to read a positive and inspiring story about EPA. I certainly wish these kids all the best in college and beyond! I had never even heard of this school until today. Great job!

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 14, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Damn shame they didn't have the luxury of a rebuilt Ravenswood High School.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 14, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Jerry - there is a lot of positive stuff going on in EPA that never makes the news. Having lived and worked in the community, it's been great to learn that there are some good schools there. Also, the faith community plays a huge role in EPA, with youth, parents and elders. EPA has a multicultural mental health wellness center, a lot of great sports programs (check out the Razorbacks Rugby team!), an active senior center and a summer jobs program for youth which can use adult mentors as volunteers. EPA has a lot of small business owners, too. It's a culturally rich and diverse community but needs more money and less crime.

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