Santa Fe New Mexican: Program Motivates Students to Succeed

Santa Fe New Mexican May 6, 2012

Learning Curve: Program Motivates Students to Succeed

This story reports on the first year of Citizen Schools' expanded learning time partnership at De Vargas Middle School in Santa Fe, NM. Citizen Schools has partnered with the school to provide a longer school day for all seventh graders and a cohort of eighth graders - a total of 220 students.

"When she was in sixth grade, she brought home nothing but D's and F's," Ruth Valdez said of her daughter. "She was not motivated, not focused. She didn't like school. But ever since seventh grade at DeVargas with Citizen Schools her attitude toward school has changed. She likes going to school. She's becoming more of a leader, you could say -- and she has been bringing home a 4.0 grade average."

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