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Alumni Association Keeps 26,409 Students Connected to their K-8 Charter School

National Heritage Academies Celebrates National Charter Schools Week

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 06, 2014—Since National Heritage Academies (NHA) opened its first school nineteen years ago in Grand Rapids, Mich., the number of eighth-grade graduates has continued to climb, reaching 26,409 in 2013. With graduation right around the corner, that number will soon increase with the addition of 4,261 new graduates.
The environment built into each NHA school is meant to help nurture and foster students’ dreams and goals of not only graduating high school, but also attending the college of their choice and eventually selecting a career.
“Our students are not just our students now they remain a part of the greater NHA community for life as alumni,” said President and CEO of National Heritage Academies Chip Hurlburt.
Most recent data shows that 96 percent of NHA eighth-grade graduates have completed high school or received their GED, compared to the national average of 83 percent. Thirty-seven percent of NHA alumni have graduated college, compared to the national average of 31 percent. NHA students predominantly come from low-income areas, with 67 percent qualifying for free and reduced lunch. Nationally, 73 percent of
low-income students graduate high school and only 11 percent of low-income students become college graduates.
NHA’s hope for alumni connection continues through the establishment of the NHA Alumni Association, a resource for alumni to update NHA on their current ventures, degrees, and even jobs. The Alumni Association informs students about scholarship opportunities and how to get the most out of college as well as resume tips and job postings.
The 26,409 NHA alumni are making their mark in many areas of the country. Alumni accomplishments include winning a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, attending multiple Ivy League Universities, serving in the Armed Forces, becoming published authors, honored as high school Valedictorian or top ten percent, and even becoming teachers.  
“I am always in awe of the wonderful things our alumni are accomplishing,” said Hurlburt. “It is a testament to the wonderful work of our teachers, deans, and principals. Every student who graduates from an NHA school is an ambassador for the positive impact of a charter school in a student’s life.”
National Heritage Academies is joining charter schools across the country in celebrating National Charter Schools week May 4 – 10. The week is designed to help raise awareness about how charter schools operate and the educational choice they provide parents. NHA students and staff will share their school pride with each other this week and reflect on the academic achievements met so far this year.
National Heritage Academies is a charter school management company operating 76 schools in nine states for the 2013-2014 school year. It is currently serving more than 50,000 students in grades kindergarten through eighth.
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