Gabriel’s challenges began in middle school and by the time he entered high school, he was struggling emotionally and academically. Gabriel, primarily raised by his grandfather, moved across the country to live with his parents where he faced unfamiliar surroundings, unknown people and a brand new school. The stressful transition was weighing on Gabriel emotionally, as he grew anxious, experienced trouble making new friends and lost interest in learning.

Through the Community Partnership Schools™ model at Edward H. White High School, Gabriel found a path toward hope and academic success. He was paired with a mentor and learned appropriate coping skills to overcome his feelings of loneliness. Gabriel had a full-time support system through the Community Partnership Schools™ model that carried over into after school enrichment opportunities. With a newfound confidence, he focused on his trumpet-playing skills, joined the marching band, made new friends and began to shine as a student leader in JROTC.

With the support of his mentor and the consistency of the Community Partnership School team, Gabriel’s attitude and academic performance improved. As the pandemic forced students into virtual learning, Gabriel continued to stay engaged with his school community while learning at home. The Community Partnership School team stayed in close contact with his parents to provide additional support, which helped Gabriel remain on-track academically. Gabriel finished his ninth grade year successfully and is now a role model to his peers, often providing words of encouragement to other students who may be struggling.

Edward H. White High School, A Community Partnership School  is the hub of a community, a “safe zone” focused on student success—in school and beyond. Through committed partnerships, we aim to prepare students for success in leadership, college, career and life through rigorous instruction, respectful interaction, effective discipline and community service. Questions? Ready to get involved? Contact Phillip Simmons, Community Partnership School Director.