Academy is not for underachievers

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I'm outraged and quite disappointed by Jean M. Mischel and Paul M. Skan's Nov. 12 My Turn editorial "Don't let focus on dropouts hurt high achievers." There is a common phrase, don't judge a book by its cover. I'd really appreciate if the writers had attempted to put the Early Scholars Academy into proper context. Please get your facts straight.

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The academy is not for underachievers. Our unexplained reasons have been explained before: The academy is designed for high achievers among Native American students. No other academy, advanced placement class, or program that I am aware of provides such an encouraging college learning experience for students who are able to achieve as much as we have.

I, and a few of my fellow students, have achieved much more in the program than the average student. We started in Algebra I our freshmen year and are now in Algebra II/Trigonometry our sophomore year. I don't understand how that is seen as underachieving.

On behalf of Yaakoosge Daakahidi, it's not part of Juneau-Douglas High School as I recall. JDHS is the school that is being split up. Yaakoos is a separate school altogether. Get your facts straight before you decide to criticize people and schools you don't understand.

No one likes to be judged for the wrong reasons. Research what you bash before you make us out to be slackers.

Lydia Mills

Early Scholars Academy sophomore student

Juneau-Douglas High School

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