Monday, July 15, 2013

Five more years!

Tonight I am excited.
Tonight I am humbled.
Tonight I am filled with PRIDE.

Tonight the Rhode Island Board of Education voted to extend the Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy charter for five (5) more years.  The Board also approved our proposed charter amendment allowing us to open a total of seven (7) schools in the Blackstone Valley during our next five years.  With over 1,750 applications for only 243 seats this year, we look forward to the day when do not need to turn away families who seek an excellent public education.

This vote is a testament to the incredible talent and perseverance of our staff, our committed families, and hard-working scholars.  The recommendation for renewal, it seems, really came down to our academic successes.  Here is a table that was part of the charter renewal packet from the meeting:


This comes on the heels of two other major successes for the BVP team:

  1. Last week, RIDE announced that the BVP MS is Leading and that Elementary School 1 is Commended.  
  2. Today, the Next Generation Learning Challenges announced that they have awarded BVP a $100,000 planning grant for our high school.

During a recent interview with a foundation considering an investment in BVP, I was asked "What are the two or three things that make BVP so successful?"  On the spot, I answered, without hesitation, "Significantly more class time, time that is spent with an absolutely amazing staff, who have the highest expectations for every scholar in front of them."  Indeed, this last point cannot be underscored - when every adult in a building truly believes in the incredible potential of every student in the building - amazing things will happen.

As a co-founder of this program and our Executive Director, I am humbled by our successes, and I look forward to five more years of growing BVP.  We will do our part to continue to work to set the bar for what is possible in public education.