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Katie Quinn-Jacobs - Parent Testimonial

My son, Sam, is in his second year as a sophomore at New Roots, so our family has had the benefit—the privilege—of experiencing the school for two years now.  We have the perspective of the school beyond the numbers.  We see that each teenager in the school is more than just counted, they matter.  Their presence, their contribution matters. The learning that takes place every day for the 150 students at New Roots is the center of these children’s lives and the answer to their need for education in our community.

Already this academic year, I have seen New Roots students taking a stand in Albany, bringing youthful voices and insights to the debate about the local power plant; practicing rescue simulations and earning CPR, AED and Wilderness First Aid certifications; working as a team to prepare for a national competition in International Humanitarian Law; playing a spirited game of soccer against the faculty and staff, who— unfortunately for the kids—turned out to be quite limber; learning classical guitar and how to play “Here Comes the Sun.”

We all know there is a greater story beyond the numbers.  But it is a story that requires seeing the individual students, knowing their individual stories.  Unfortunately, the numbers can’t capture who these kids are, where they have been, and where they are heading.  For the 150 New Roots students, the singular, nurturing and academically challenging education provided by the school is greater than the sum of its parts.  Inside the walls of the Clinton House, every New Roots student is beating the numbers game each school day.

- Katie Quinn-Jacobs, New Roots Charter School Parent