Children in high poverty schools are less likely to graduate from high school, less likely to go to college, and only around 50% pass CMS End-of-Grade Tests. A local charter school is beating those odds.
Sugar Creek Charter School is classified as a high poverty school. Nearly 90% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch.
“We don’t accept the idea that because for whatever reason your income level defines your intelligence. The two things are not related,” said School Director Cheryl Turner.
Turner has been the director of the K-8 school for nine years, and she and her staff have worked to overcome the challenges high poverty schools face. “Our school started out as 26% proficiency, and so we’re really excited – overall this year our proficiency is 73%,” said Turner.
The goal is for the school to reach 90% proficiency by 2014, and Turner says they’re on track to meet that goal. “We are determined to be the best. Our kids believe it, we believe it, we know it’s possible and that’s what we’re going to do,” she said.