This year's graduating class at Jefferson Academy is the first class to attend from Kindergarten through 12th grade. I attended the graduation ceremony the other night and was impressed to see twelve original students receive their diplomas.
As one of the original founders of the charter school in 1994, the first year I did most of the enrollment process. I got to know the families through enrolling their children; we all became very close because we were pioneering together. That first class of 5th graders eventually created our junior high program and later were our first high school graduating class.
The very first day of school at Jefferson Academy I was there to see the culmination of months of work by a number of parents devoted to the formation of a common dream. I've often told charter school developers to savor the first day of school--especially by making a visit to the Kindergarten class. There's something magical about those young faces lit with the excitement of the first day of school that makes it all worthwhile!
Congratulations to the Jefferson Academy Senior High class of 2007! It's been a privilege to watch you grow into admirable adults!