The Lawrence Family Development Charter School (LFDCS) recently hosted two graduation programs. One was for its eighth graders who will enter high school this coming fall and the other graduation was for its youngest students who completed the K-2 kindergarten program. Fifty-seven (57) students graduated from eighth grade on Monday evening, June 15, and eighty-seven (87) students graduated from the Kindergarten-2 program on Tuesday morning, June 16.
Of special note are the academic accomplishments of the LFDCS eighth grade class of 2015. Over-performing many of their age-level peers in other schools, these eighth grade graduates represent the Lawrence Family Development Charter School’s twentieth year of providing quality independent public education. According to Superintendent, Ralph Carrero, “our work is focused on our mission --- and as we enter our fifth charter as a Massachusetts public school, it is that mission which fuels our success.” The mission of Lawrence Family Development Charter School from its founding is: strong families, working in partnership with the school as advocates for academic achievement, will create an environment where every child has the opportunity to acquire the foundation skills and habits of mind that foster life-long learning, citizenship participation, and personal fulfillment. The governance structure exemplifies commitment to the mission of the school by ensuring that the board make-up consistently involves parents at every level of the school’s governance structure.
Collectively, this year’s eight grade graduates earned over $2,400,000 in scholarships over four years to private and admissions-based high schools. Additionally, Lawrence Family Development Charter School works closely with the ABC (A Better Chance) organization. This national organization is based on the ABC mission of “opening the door to educational opportunities for thousands of young people of color.” Of note is that for this talented group of graduates, nineteen students earned honors and twelve of these students earned high honors for their academic work in the eighth grade at Lawrence Family Development Charter School.
The class of 2015, eighth grade graduates of the Lawrence Family Development Charter School are: Cely Abreu, Kassandra Almanzar, Carolin Almonte, Jalen Aquino, Carlos Avilla, Angela Battiata, Ariangely Burgos, Miguel Cabrera, Seth Castillo, Yureily Contreras, Astrid Corona, Rachel Correa, Rosalyn DeJesus, Gregmari De Los Santos, Celine Diaz, Jean Carlos Diaz, Alexa Espinal, Angelisse Feliciano, Carlos Ferreira, Maranyely Ferreira, Esther Galvez, Giomary Garcia, Jacinda Garcia, Yanny Garcia, Jeremy Hernandez, Stacey Herrera, Angel Hidalgo, Brianna Leon, Gabriela Liriano, Kasey Lopez, Mitzy Mauricio, Andy Morel, Yaina Nunez, Darlysha Ortega, Liliana Ortiz, Alexa Pagan, Orlando Payne, Alexander Perez, Alexa Pimental, Andres Pimental, Kendrix Ramos, Kevin Ramos, Ashlin Reyes, Nahdyn Reyes, Victania Reyes, Joshuan Rodriquez, Ricky Roland, Janairi Rojas, Gabriel Rosario, Luis Rosario, Samerly Sanchez, Christian Serrano, Jennifer Sorriano, Stephanie Soriano, Cristian Tellez, Luis Torres and Deangeliz Urena.
High schools from which LFDCS’ 2015 graduates received scholarships and/or are planning to attend in the fall are: Abbott School @ Lawrence High School, Bradford Christian Academy, Central Catholic High School, Fayetteville-Manlius High School, NY (ABC Scholar), Foxcroft Academy, Glastonbury High School, CT (ABC Scholar), Greater Lawrence Technical High School, Lawrence Academy (ABC Scholar), Lawrence High School, Maine Central Institute, Methuen High School, Miss Hall's School (ABC Scholar), Northfield Mount Hermon, Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School, Phillips Exeter Academy (ABC Scholar), Pingree School, Simsbury High School (ABC Scholar), St. John's Prep School, Tabor Academy (ABC Scholar), Wilton High School (ABC Scholar) and Winchester High School (ABC Scholar).
In addition to its eighth grade graduates' accomplishments, the Lawrence Family Development Charter School offers its students a strong kindergarten foundation prior to the beginning of the elementary grades. This is done through a high-quality, two-year kindergarten academy where students learn the alphabet and begin reading, learn to count and solve problems, as they develop music, gross motor, science and social skills.
Mr. Carrero, school superintendent, stated that: “In the season when we see our successful eighth graders move to high school, we are delighted to see a large number of students graduate in a rigorous program and move from Kindergarten-2 to first grade. Our youngest students celebrated their achievements on June 16 with extensive parent involvement at our Academy graduation. We believe that parents play a critical role in a child’s education, and we actively involve our parents in every aspect of our charter school."
The eighty-seven (87) students who participated in the June 2015 Kindergarten-2 graduation program of the Lawrence Family Development Charter School are: from Mrs. Alexander’s Class: Iara Almonte, Kayleigh Abad, Itamar Arias, Anabell Battiata, Jadalys Brito, Janely Burgos, Cazmeer Cruz, Jaidius Espinal, Sandy Gabin, Gabriela Gonzalez, Abelys Javier, Jeremias Manon, Michael Mieses, Ailannie Montanez, Alexa Moreta, Bryan Natareno, Brandon Polanco, Elainny Reyes, Albrien Rodriguez, Jayvien Rodriguez, Juniel Rosario, Neishliany Torres, and Melanie Vargas; from Miss Sullivan’s Class: Anthony Angel, Dejalise Calderon, Elizer Colon, Jaliyah DeLaCruz, Adriana De Remer, Nicelys DeLosSantos, Jeremy Espinosa, Juneicy German, Peter German, Jacob Matias, Marialiss Montero, Romel Paulino, Josue Pimentel, Angel Ramirez, Adervin Reyes, John Reyes, Najelli Reyes, Aryanah Rivera, Reynaldo Rodriguez, Joshua Sanchez, and Sthefanny Valvert; from Miss Kealey’s Class: Leeohn Alon, Isaac Calixto, Adrain Collado, Destiny Cruz, Jahdiez DeLeon, Yariannys Diaz, Jeralyn Espinal, Gabriela Frias, Jeremiah Guerrero, Jayll Hernandez, Sasha Lara, Sophia Mauricio, Chanel Menjivan, Miley Miguel, Guillermo Noel, Sylvan Rector, Eliezer Rodriguez, Josue Rosa, Brandon Sang, Christopher Vargas, and Aleck Zuniga; and from Miss Fahy’s Class: Aisha Abdulle, Emma Alon, Jadean Arias, Ericelys Cabral, Daliza Deaza, Jeiran Espinal, Andy Fernandez, Shanely Garcia, Yadiel Garcia, Karen Heredia, Marvin Jerez, Susan Lopez, Jeremiah Angel Manon, Wandally Morales, Briannalis Morrobel, Rodnelfy Paulino, Joyce Pimental, Nick Ramos, Ariana Rodriguez, Aiden Sencion, Allahjah Valdez, and Ayden Ventura.