Eight Green Dot High Schools Ranked Among Best in the U.S.

Green Dot Public Schools is set to open its doors in August to sixth graders in Tacoma

TACOMAGreen Dot Public Schools, which will open Destiny Middle School in Tacoma this fall, has eight schools named as America’s Best High Schools by US News & World Report, the most in the non-profit public charter school network’s 15-year history. The eight schools were ranked in the top 10 percent of all high schools nationwide.

“We will bring the same strong history of preparing students for success in college and career to Tacoma,” said Destiny Middle School Principal Genny Cadena. “Our teachers and staff are ready to partner with the Tacoma area community to provide our students with the best education possible.”

U.S. News determines its rankings through three levels of evaluation: whether a school’s students are performing better than their peers; whether its least-advantaged students are outperforming similar students in their state; and how well it is preparing students for college. For its 2015 rankings, U.S. News reviewed 29,070 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“Each Green Dot Destiny Middle School student will receive high-quality, personalized teaching from educators who know that all students can succeed,” said Bree Dusseault, Executive Director at Green Dot Public Schools Washington state. “We are excited to partner with Tacoma students and families to develop a school that reflects the values of our community and grows our next generation of leaders.”

So far, over 200 students have applied for the new public school, which will begin with sixth graders only and roll up to a full 6-8th grade middle school over the next three years. Green Dot Public Schools are publicly-funded, open to all students, and free to attend. Each Green Dot school shares the common mission of preparing students for college, leadership and life. Families can still apply for Destiny Middle School, but space is limited. Visit www.wa.greendot.org/enroll/.

Last year, Green Dot graduated more than 1,500 students, the most of any charter school organization in the nation. During its 15-year history, Green Dot schools have graduated more than 9,000 students with more than 90 percent being accepted to college.

At every Green Dot school, students experience a small school environment where adults know their names. Green Dot schools provide a high care, high structure, high expectations approach to learning; a personalized learning plan for students; a traditional school day with an early emphasis in proficiency in reading and math; and after-school programs complementing our mission and educational model.

About Green Dot Public Schools

Green Dot Public Schools’ mission is to help transform public education so ALL students graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life. Green Dot is fulfilling this mission by running high-achieving public charter schools that are focused on graduating students and fully preparing them for college. In addition,

Green Dot believes in engaging parents and the community in the education process and its schools are publicly funded and free to attend. For more information visit: www.greendot.org.