The summer before ninth grade is both an exciting and daunting time for students. Soon they will be entering a new school, taking more advanced coursework, and will be held responsible for keeping up grades for college. It certainly sounds like a time that they should be relaxing before these new responsibilities take hold! However, summer vacation, rather than allowing students to rest and mentally prepare for the next year can contribute to the sudden and unpredicted decline in many students’ academic performance (hitting students from disadvantaged backgrounds the hardest) known as “ninth grade shock.”
Colleges and universities come in all shapes and sizes. And now that you’ve started receiving your acceptance letters, it’s time to make a final decision. We’ve been there, too, so we’d like to offer some advice to help you make the right choice.
Since graduating from OFY in 2010, Korinna had been working as a hair and makeup stylist, hoping to break into the entertainment industry. But after her experience with the leopard, she soon enrolled in Santa Monica College to begin her path to a new career. As a first-generation college student, she struggled to support herself financially, splitting her time between working a full time job and studying into the early morning. But her hard work paid off and she will transfer to Humboldt State to study Wildlife Management and Conservation in the fall.
This article originally appeared on Victor Valley News On Friday, March 31st at the Double Tree Hotel in Monrovia, students from Options for Youth (OFY) Public Charter Schools competed in the finals of the school wide Engineering Design Challenge. Teams from the six OFY regions – Burbank, San Bernardino, San Gabriel, San Juan, Victorville, and […]
Ah, summer. The smell of freedom, chlorine, freshly cut grass, and…dropping math and reading levels? While students may enjoy the long break from school, research shows that their educational progress does not. The two to three month learning hiatus can lead to major setbacks for already struggling students, resulting in lower standardized test scores, unhealthy eating habits, and higher dropout rates, especially among at-risk groups. OnlineCollege.org has put together research highlighting the dangers of summer learning loss. Below are just a few of those dangers:
Summer school offers a great opportunity to retake a class for a better grade, catch up on credits, or take a fun elective. However, many students are averse to the idea of losing opportunities to travel, work a summer job, or play on with a sports team. Options For Youth’s FREE summer school program offers all of the above opportunities without sacrificing the freedoms of summer. Below are just a few of the benefits OFY offers.
This article originally appeared on 24/7 Headline Families at Ronald McDonald House are dealing with major illness of their child, that is why Options for Youth (OFY) students went to volunteer to cook some of them a special meal. On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, eleven seniors from a San Bernardino Options for Youth Public Charter […]
The safety and welfare of our students and staff is our highest priority. We recently completed testing of the drinking water at all OFY locations and are happy to announce that final results are within safe limits as established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Zac, an OFY graduate turned OFY Marketing Intern, has been hard at work. One of his recent projects was to create a video highlighting Options For Youth’s many international and domestic trips. Having been to Italy with OFY himself, Zac understood these trips—to places such as Cuba, China, Washington D.C., and many more—are something most […]
If you don’t understand what blended learning, don’t worry, you’re not the only one. We’re here to help! Blended learning is an educational model that uses different instructional methods to teach students, usually including traditional classroom settings, independent study courses, virtual learning (or online learning), and other innovative methods like social/emotional or experiential learning. More schools are embracing blended […]