Dear YouthBuild PCS Students,
Welcome to the 2015-16 School Year! We are honored that you have chosen to enroll in YouthBuild PCS. You are now part of a network of more than 200 YouthBuild programs across the country, all dedicated to empowering youth to become leaders in their schools and communities--though education, real-world work experience, and community service.
This year, we have designed our academic program to allow you to move at your own pace as you prepare to pass the GED and begin post-secondary education and/or enter your career path. Our staff team is dedicated to your success, and we are excited to begin the new school year with you.
I am honored to serve as your head of school. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns that you may have about YouthBuild PCS. I am confident that with focus and hard work, we will have an enriching and productive year that will put you and your classmates on the road to success and fulfillment in life.
Let's have a great year!
Head of School
YouthBuild Public Charter School (YBPCS) is an alternative high school for young people seeking to transform their lives by re-engaging in their education in a non-traditional school environment. YBPCS prepares students for post-secondary education and the workplace by offering, in English and Spanish, academic, vocational and workforce development programs. YBPCS believes that service to the community is an essential part of the transformative process. Therefore, students serve their community through volunteer projects and by creating housing for low income residents in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
DC State Board of Education Approves State Diploma
(Washington, DC) - The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) overwhelming approved the awarding of a State Diploma for adult students at its January 20 public meeting. This resolution allows the Office of the State Superintendent of Education to award a State Diploma to individuals who passed the General Education Development (GED) exam since January 2014, or completed the National External Diploma Program (NEDP).
Over sixty thousand District residents lack a high school diploma, and the passage of the State Diploma reflects the belief that a state credential may reduce barriers to economic or educational opportunity. The SBOE conducted extensive public engagement on the issue, and heard testimony from many adult education students and community members about the need for this credential.
“I couldn’t be more proud of my colleagues tonight,” said Ward 8 SBOE Member Tierra Jolly. “The State Diploma will have an immediate and lasting impact on District residents.”
The State Board of Education provides policy leadership, support, advocacy, and oversight of public education to ensure that every student is valued and learns the skills and knowledge necessary to become informed, competent, and contributing global citizens. More information about the SBOE can be found at http://sboe.dc.gov.