Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
About the Organization:
Fannie Lou is a performance based assessment (PBAT) school. The fundamental aim of Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School is to teach students to use their minds well and prepare them to live productive, socially useful, and personally satisfying lives. Fannie Lou is also a Children’s Aid Society Community School. By partnering with a CBO, the school is able to provide wrap-around-services to the students, families, and South Bronx community.
About A-List’s Program with Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
Through the generous funding from Metropolitan Realty Group A-List was able to run a 24-hour SAT prep course for seniors at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School over their Summer Bridge Program. FLHFHS is a performance based assessment, community school in partnership with Children’s Aid Society. The program was so successful that A-List will be continuing our work with the seniors in fall, and then will begin to work with their junior class in the spring of 2015.
During a recent visit from Dr. Carrera, Vice President of Adolescent Services at Children’s Aid, the student’s outpouring of appreciation and enthusiasm was overwhelming to the staff. Fannie Lou Assistant Principal, Jeff Palladino, said:
“A-List Education provided SAT preparation to our students this summer and the results were amazing. Our student improved an average of 116 points on the SAT over the course of a few weeks. A-List Education managed to demonstrate gains in SAT scores for our students and still make the preparation engaging and relevant. Our students that participated requested to continue to work with A-List Education in the Fall.”
Our funder from MRG, Scott Jaffee, was equally moved by the students’ success and pledged to continue funding the program:
“When we first started I only had three buildings and was very active with my tenants. Now that we’ve grown I’m not able to play such an active role. These programs allow me to still be involved in the community.”
Did you know…
Fannie Lou students improved an average of 116 points on the SAT after A-List’s 24 hour SAT course.
Dr. James M.
…There is a need for the type of program you have developed to be made available to every child regardless of income. This is why I have brought A-List into school districts I have been fortunate enough to lead: to train our teachers and provide the support necessary to improve our students’ scores.
A-List was engaging and substantive for our students. Each week our Dreamers were completely immersed in the class’s content…The sessions were poignant, enjoyable, and challenging and exactly what I had hoped for my Dreamers.
This was by far the most useful professional development session I’ve attended in my career.