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10.24.2012

Southside Academy receives Continuous Improvement Rating

YOUNGSTOWN – White Hat Management announced Southside Academy received a Continuous Improvement rating on the Ohio Department of Education’s preliminary 2011-2012 State Report Card. The rating is an improvement from the school’s Academic Emergency rating in the 2010-11 Report Card.

“We are very pleased that our students have progressed to Continuous Improvement,” said Stephanie Groscost, administrator of Southside Academy. “We have placed a great deal of emphasis on rising to the academic top. Continuous Improvement is just a stepping stone on the way to excellence.

The updated spreadsheet that was released includes preliminary district/school ratings, performance index and attendance rate information. Results are still considered preliminary as Ohio Auditor Dave Yost investigates enrollment and attendance irregularities around the state, according to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). The ODE reported it will not publish PDFs of the Local Report Cards until the investigation by Yost is concluded. To view the preliminary report cards, visit www.ode.state.oh.us.

Groscost said the school placed a great deal of importance on the value of academic success.  Through continued staff development and data analysis, she said the school continues to explore successful means of progress.
“We have met AYP, which gave us our Continuous Improvement rating,” she said. “We continue to strive to meet 75 percent and above in all areas, not just the areas we achieved this past year.  I would generally like the focus to be on the fact that as a school we increased two levels on the report card ranking. This is an enormous stride for a school to make.”

Southside Academy is a tuition-free community school that provides a safe, disciplined and nurturing learning environment for students in grades K-8. Currently, there are 14 academies throughout Ohio -- in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Youngstown. The Academies are a haven for parents caught between frustration with traditional public schools and the expense of private schools.
“We face many challenges that we continue to overcome, most importantly the value of educational success and the drive to continue succeeding,” said Groscost. “We are all extremely proud of our students and staff for this increased success and will continue to grow until we reach the highest rating possible.”

When a child comes to The Academies, he or she enters a safe, clean, positive and caring environment built on respect. The Academies are committed to helping parents and children overcome obstacles so students can reach their full academic potential.
“Students come to us at varying levels,” said Maggie Ford, Chief Academic Officer at White Hat Management. “We have to look at their history and determine what they need to be successful.  Students come to us with a variety of barriers. We wrap services around these students to ensure that their academic, social and physical needs are met.”

Ford said the Report Card shows the school is trending up and in the right direction. She said the improved rating is a credit to the dedicated staff.

“We are meeting the challenges that face us and we are doing good work for kids and staff,” she said. “It is a reflection of the hard work of our staff and parents. We have a lot of challenges of all kinds and we are able to look past them and stay focused on our kids and dedicated staff.”

For more information about Southside Academy, 1833 Market St. in Youngstown, visit www.hope-academies.com.

If you’re interested in learning more about Southside Academy  and would like to interview Maggie Ford, call 330-535-6868 or email her at Maggie.Ford@whithatmgmt.com.

About the Academies:
The Academies are tuition-free community schools in Ohio providing a safe, disciplined and nurturing learning environment for students in grades K-8. Currently, there are 14 academies throughout Ohio -- in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Youngstown. The Academies are a haven for parents caught between frustration with traditional public schools and the expense of private schools. When a child comes to The Academies, he or she enters a safe, clean, positive and caring environment built on respect. The Academies are committed to helping parents and children overcome obstacles so students can reach their full academic potential. For more information about The Academies, visit www.hope-academies.com.

About White Hat Management
White Hat Management contracts and assists nonprofit corporations that hold charters or see a need for a charter school in their community. White Hat Management operates 33 schools in three states under the auspices of two separate educational ventures. The Academies are tuition-free and are open to students in grades K-8 throughout the state of Ohio. Life Skills Centers are alternative education charter schools serving students between the ages of 16 and 21 in Ohio, Colorado and Arizona.

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