2018 Public Charter School Graduate Stories

lead image

Congratulations to the Class of 2018

Graduation is one of the most treasured memories for public charter school graduates. The National Alliance is proud to carry the torch and continue the annual tradition of celebrating these outstanding public charter school graduates.

Have a story to share? Send it to us at blogs@publiccharters.org.

Being a Charter School Kid Sets Graduate up for Future

The name’s Tirado, Aremy Tirado. Recently I had my last day of high school at Democracy Prep at the Agassi Campus, and looking back on all four years of blood, sweat, and tears, I found that being a "charter school kid" consisted of being socially aware, being held to higher standards as a result of the rigorous academics, and being part of a tight-knit community.

Lessons from IDEA Toros Prepare Charter School Graduate for Future

This is a speech by Victor Medellin, a 2018 IDEA Toros Graduate. Victor will be attending West Virginia Wesleyan University in the fall.

My Dream Is...

Wintana Mesfin is a graduating fifth-grader at Rocketship Mateo Sheedy Elementary in San Jose, California. She delivered a version of this story at Rocketship Public Schools’ Tenth Anniversary Celebration in April as the winner of Rocketship’s Oracy Competition.

A Glimpse into the Class of 2018 at SouthTech Academy

Leila Metellus and Widjine Noel are graduates of SouthTech Academy's Medical Sciences Academy, based in Boyton Beach, Florida. Leila will be attending the University of Miami in the fall while Widjine will soon be attending Florida State University.

Domiter Sisters from IDEA Head to College

It looks like all the hard work has finally paid off for Andrea, Christine, and Catherine Domiter. Although they will be taking separate paths, and they’re going to miss each other, they always have a second home to come back to: IDEA Donna. 

Camino Nuevo Charter Academy Alum Graduates from College

As high school seniors get ready to graduate, Camino Nuevo Charter Academy's list of college graduates continues to grow. Steven Colin, Class of 2013, recently celebrated his graduation from Bowdoin College, an elite liberal arts school in Maine.

Uplift Mighty Helps Student Reach New Heights

Uplift Mighty Preparatory graduate Cala Cross has big plans for herself and for the future of Fort Worth. In the fall, Cala will attend Langston University in Oklahoma to major in social work, minor in psychology, and play volleyball.

How I received over $300,000 in scholarships by attending Magnolia Science Academy 3 in Carson!

Never let the thought of the ‘impossible’ deter you from reaching your goals. My name is Dymond Walker and I’m a high school senior at Magnolia Science Academy – 3 in Carson, California. I’ve attended Magnolia Public Schools since I was in sixth grade and throughout my journey through both middle school and high school I have had my fair share of trials and tribulations.

IDEA First Generation College Student Shares Life Lessons ahead of Graduation

My name is Brenda Sifuentes, a 12th grader at IDEA Alamo, and I'm going to be a first-generation college student. Ever since I was a little girl, communication has always been a staple part of my life. English was not my first language. I grew up with my mom, who came here from Mexico, and my sister, so Spanish was always what we spoke at home.

Public Charter Believes in Its Scholars, Says Harvard-Bound Senior

Brian Seo found his fit at Alliance Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School where he perfected his soccer skills and became a first-generation college applicant. Now, he'll be attending Harvard University in the fall.

I'm so Grateful for my Daughter's Charter School

Cara-Star Tyner found her special place at Bronx Charter School for Excellence elementary school, where the guidance counselors went above and beyond to make sure she got what she needed. As she looks to continue her education in junior high school, her mother takes a look back on her daughter's journey and how far she's come.

Thanks to my LEAD Charter School I feel Secure after Graduation

""Your comfort zone will kill you." Not only did this quote push me to implement changes into my everyday life, it also laid in the depths of my memory, resurfacing to be the ego of my personality. At LEAD Academy High School, I was wiggled out of my shell, year by year, week by week, and eventually day by day. I had the pleasure of meeting wonderful people, all of whom taught me a lesson, whether I realized it at that time or not." - Kevonna Anderson

To Those That Did More Than Teach

Class of 2018 graduate Ali Ryan describes the relationships she built with her teachers throughout her high school career and their impact on her view of teaching. This fall, she will be attending the School of Music at the University of Utah in August 2018. Her sister Agnes Ryan will graduate from Sage in 2019.

Striving to Make my Dreams a Reality

My name is Rénesia Mills and I was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colo. I transferred to Pikes Peak Prep as an incoming sixth grader and I remained there until my recent graduation on May 24, 2018. The staff was remarkable, and they helped me stay on track towards my path of success. Most importantly, they developed a personal relationship with me which let me know that they truly wanted to see me succeed. I was not just another student in a seat.


In the fall of 2018, I will finish my Associates Degree at Pikes Peak Community College and then I will be transferring to the University of Tampa for the spring semester.

From LEAD to Emory what I learned as a Charter School Graduate

Graduation was the final page in the first chapter of my life, and now with it behind me, I will move on to college. In the fall of 2018, I will attend Emory University in Atlanta. None of this would have been possible without the help of my family—both of my families—my mother, sisters, and grandmother, but also my LEAD Academy High School family.

This is what we all really are, one big family. Even though I have graduated, I know that both my families will continue to support me through college and my career. I know I will definitely need support through my collegiate years as completing medical school will take time.

Farewell Class of 2018 DSST Public Schools Senior Spotlight

DSST Public Schools—the winner of the 2018 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools—has a great deal to be proud of from the Class of 2018.

To highlight the graduating seniors, they created a unique way to share 11 of their senior stories in "senior spotlights." The Denver network of diverse-by-design schools highlights each senior's unique path to graduation and why they're excited to move on to the next phase of life: college.