Spotlight on Bright Star

Bright Star Students Participate in Students Run LA

Since the start of the school year Bright Star’s students and staff have busy preparing for the Los Angeles Marathon through a program called Students Run LA. The mission of Students Run LA is to inspire at-risk youth to achieve their dreams through a life-transforming experience:
the training for, and completion of, the ASICS LA Marathon.

This year marked the 5th time Bright Star has participated in the program, and we had 30 students and 5 teachers successfully complete a full marathon. Our runners began training back in September with a 5K competition. Training became incrementally harder as the students and staff participated in a number of runs including a 10K, two half marathons, and an 18 mile race. All of the training was focused on the year end goal – the Asics Los Angeles Marathon.

Parents proved to be a great source of support as they provided meals, transportation, and much needed cheer at each event. Upon completing the Los Angeles Marathon, our students were overcome with tears and a profound sense accomplishment. One student exclaimed, “I never thought I would be able to run a marathon!” Although the LA Marathon was the last official race of the season, many students have transformed into avid runners, and plan to run a free half-marathon being hosted by Nike in May!

SMCA Makes it to Los Angeles County Science Fair

For the first time ever, students at Stella Middle Charter Academy participated in the Los Angeles County Science Fair. Before making it to the competition, our students were required to submit a topic to their science teacher for approval. Once approved, students had two months to conduct their experiments. All science projects were showcased at a school-based science fair, where all students were able to display their work for judges and peers to see. After tallying results based on three rigorous standards, the judges selected 15 finalists per grade level. Finalists were interviewed in order to determine first, second, and third places for each grade. The winners advanced to the county science fair where they represented their school amongst all other LAUSD schools! The winners are listed below.

7th Grade Winners:
Shardane Locke "Dental Magic"
Alayiah Boyd "Potato Chips"
Alejandra Castillo "Absorbent Flowers"

8th Grade Winners:
Aren Diaz
Emily Canas
Esmeralda Nava

College acceptances are in the air!

The excitement at our high school has been mounting as our seniors at Bright Star Secondary Charter Academy have been hearing back from colleges. This year’s senior class, with 61 seniors, is the fourth graduating class from BSSCA. The graduates have applied to a total of one hundred eighty colleges, equating to eight hundred one applications and two hundred twenty-six acceptances and counting! With acceptances from UCLA, Drexel University, UC Merced, Loyola Marymount University, and many more – our seniors are bubbling with excitement as they discuss scholarship awards, dorming options, and of course, finally being able to celebrate their hard work.

In an interview, Mariela Hernandez, the Senior Class President, shared “Bright Star has helped me since the very beginning and helped me prepare for the SAT, which I never before thought about. The LEL trips also made me more open minded about schools I had never heard about.” Mariela has been accepted into eleven universities and is waiting to hear from a few more. She has received numerous yearly renewable scholarships from private universities, including a $15,000 from Hofstra University, $11,000 from Sierra Nevada College, and $18,000 from California Lutheran University. In regards to her college acceptances and scholarships, she stated “I have a sense of accomplishment and feel all my hard work has paid off.”

With numerous scholarships and college acceptances for our graduates, we are looking forward to see where our students will end up attending college this Fall. Our staff and teachers can’t hold back their smiles as they see college acceptances continuously rolling in and students overrun with pride and excitement that they will be taking their next step in life.

Beat The Streets – LA Expands Partnership with Bright Star Schools

Beat The Streets-LA currently operates an after-school wrestling program at Stella Middle Charter Academy’s 5th-6th grade campus. Our students have participated in a number of competitions against other schools from across Los Angeles. In their most recent contest, the Winter Jamboree, many of our students placed first and second among their weight class. To view the official results and see pictures of the event, click here.

We are also proud to announce that Beat The Streets-LA will be expand their program at Bright Star to serve our students at Stella Middle Charter Academy’s 7th-8th grade campus. The after-school wrestling program will be offered free of charge to all students wanting to participate. Bright Star’s Director of Strategy and New School Development recently shared, “I’m thrilled with the success that Beat the Streets – LA program has had at our school thus far, and look forward to seeing the growing impact that it will have on our students – both inside and outside of the classroom – as we add programs at more schools and students have participated in wrestling for multiple years in a row.” To view the official press release announcing the program expansion, please click here.

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Spotlight: Rise Kohyang Middle School Grand Opening!

On August 20, Rise Kohyang Middle School will open its doors in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles. The school site is located at 631 S. Commonwealth Avenue between Wilshire Boulevard and Sixth Street. Founding Principal Eliza Kim is excited about the site’s position near the center of the Koreatown community, and the opportunities that the facility will offer her academic program.

The school’s curriculum is designed to develop young people into leaders who will rise to serve their community as they grow. The program will open with 150 6th grade students during the first year. Please click here for more information about Rise Kohyang Middle School.
We are excited and ready for the new school year to begin!

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