In Their Own Words
Itâ€™s been great to incorporate my experience at a high-performing charter school (Boston Collegiate) to help be part of the creation of a new charter school here in Springfield.Â I know from that experience that school wide routines and a unified, talented staff are the keys to success.Â Knowing that we have the flexibility to create our new school and new culture is very exciting.
By the time I leave Veritas Prep after 8th grade, I will try to accomplish a really high quality education and have the highest honors. My goal is to graduate from Harvard University where I will study to become a doctor or an engineer. I must learn not to give up.
At Veritas Prep we offer students the opportunity to get a comprehensive, college-bound education that other public school students are not getting.Â We have a structured environment, rigorous expectations, and we have individualized tutoring, instruction, and support every day for any student who needs it.Â First itâ€™s the parents who want their children to come here, but then the students really â€śget itâ€ť and know in their core itâ€™s the best place for them to learn and grow.
Our new, upstart charter school is like an education entrepreneurship, and our profit is student achievement. Weâ€™ve started a new school where we can create and grow it each day, and it takes an entrepreneurial spirit to work here.
I want to be able say that because of Veritas Prep I will be successful in high school, earning all Aâ€™s and Bâ€™s by senior year.Â What I must have to become what I want to be are smartness, kindness, and most of all, diplomas.
Teachers at Veritas Prep are serious about doing their job.Â They helped me learn how to be more focused. When I wasnâ€™t focused, I wasnâ€™t learning what I should be. The teachers teach in a different way than other schoolsâ€”theyâ€™re more interesting.Â At first I didnâ€™t like coming to Veritas, but it changed. We have longer days and a longer year, but we need it, to learn more.Â Â I realized the teachers were helping me learn differently.Â I could have relaxing conversations with them that helped me and not make me feel bad.Â My teachers didnâ€™t give up; they kept trying to help me. My attitude has totally changed especially how I react to things. Now I just keep moving on.Â If I didnâ€™t change, they said I may have to repeat the grade. I really didnâ€™t want to stay back, so every day, I said to myself, â€śCome on, you can do it!â€ťÂ The teachers believed in me, encouraged me, and helped me learn things every day. Iâ€™m looking forward to an even better year this yearâ€¦and Iâ€™m glad to be back.
Grade 6, August 2013
I would like to learn how not to be nervous and to speak my mind. I plan on attending the University of Massachusetts in Amherst to become a nurse and learn how to deliver babies.Â I need to be skilled, determined, and caring.