Charter Schools Ask Their Graduates, How’d We Do?

Other parts of the college transition, like choosing courses and navigating the glut of extracurriculars, felt like a shock after a high school governed by strict behavior rules and class procedures, they said. Black recalled being sent to a detention room instead of class for a school day because the soles of her shoes weren’t the right color. Wilson said he racked up behavior demerits because he often wasn’t seated as the class bell rang.

“Some of the rules of Achievement First were a little too extreme sometimes,” Wilson said.

“There was a little too much handholding,” Gordon said, recalling the frequency with which her teachers checked to make sure students were completing their work and understanding concepts.

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