If you walk down the hallways of Richmond College Prep Schools (RCPS), it looks like many other elementary schools. But there is one key difference: it is the highest performing school in Richmond. The school, located near the Iron Triangle, is ranked #1 in the city and #4 in the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) according to its 2013 Academic Performance Index (API) score. The majority of its students are Hispanic or African-American. 92 percent of students qualify…
Sofia Paredes, a senior at Richmond High School, has always been an outspoken student, but exercising her freedom of speech hasn’t always been received in the way she hoped. “I had trouble communicating and being patient with my teacher,” Paredes said. “Participating in RJ allowed the problem to be fixed before it escalated and maybe put me in real trouble.” “RJ” is the nickname given to Restorative Justice, an in-school program Paredes participated in with her teacher this year. By…
On Monday evening, the Bayside Council PTA hosted a celebration of student art. The theme for this year’s Reflections Showcase was, “The World Would Be a Better Place If…”
Money ran the race on Tuesday’s school board elections, with the best funded candidates Block, Kronenberg and Cuevas winning the seats of the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
West Contra Costa Unified School board candidates share last comments before Nov. 4th elections.
Political Action Committees (PACs) advocating for charter schools have spent more than $350,000 to date in the West Contra Costa County school board race, prompting protests from parents concerned that charter schools siphon funding away from public schools.
Nearly 1,700 students graduated in the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) during the 2012-13 school year, but less than half of them had the requirements necessary to get into a school within the University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) systems.
A North Richmond after school program provides a safe haven for elementary students to learn and grow
The Little Ladies and Little Gents Program in North Richmond provides boys and girls in the 4th, 5th and 6th grade a safe haven to learn and develop in the comforts of their own community.
A recent report by the California attorney general’s office states that approximately 50,000 elementary school students in California were considered chronically truant and more than 250,000 were chronically absent during the 2013-14 school year. The West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) had a chronic absence rate of 17 percent. These numbers represent an attendance crisis that not only takes away funding from the district but also places students at an educational disadvantage. Truants cost Contra Costa County approximately $33,000…
65 Kennedy High students will receive free laptops courtesy of a $100,000 grant.
An art center in Richmond has been bridging artists with disabilities and the community for 32 years. The walls are colorful, and the people more so.