Wilmington, NC – Douglass Academy hosted a modified graduation ceremony for kindergarten and fifth grade students. Students drove by in cars decorated with signs and balloons as their teachers cheered them on. The ceremony also served as an opportunity for students to return the laptops each received as part of Douglass Academy’s on-line learning program. All students were also given graduation lawn signs to proudly display at their homes. The graduations capped a year of resilient success for Douglass Academy and its students and families.
Colton Thomas, a kindergarten student, exclaimed, “It was fun and exciting!”
Samantha Leigh, a kindergarten parent, commented, “Douglass Academy – this is how I knew Colton and next year that Cannon would attend. I think we are all in a place where the news is harder and harder to watch. We need to teach our children better than we were taught. Hope, love, faith, compassion, and empathy are important. This is leadership in action, and I am so proud to be a part of it! Thank you, Douglass Academy! We are so blessed to have found such a wonderful school with the most amazing staff. We can’t wait to see you again for first grade!”
“I really liked how the graduation was put together!” remarked kindergarten parent Candice Thomas. She continued, “Despite the circumstances, I can tell a lot of thought and effort was put in to make each child feel special and appreciated!”
Douglass Academy began live on-line learning following a daily instructional schedule for all grades K-8 on Monday, April 20, 2020. Instructional staff members conducted on-line, professional development on learning platforms, such as Zoom and Google Classroom, and student engagement expectations. These actions successfully translated Douglass Academy’s results proven Direct Instruction educational model, which is dependent upon face-to-face, real-time interaction between teachers and students, to a live on-line learning environment.
Douglass Academy is one of four public charter schools managed by The Roger Bacon Academy, Inc. founded in 1999 by education pioneer Baker Mitchell. The other schools include Charter Day School in Leland, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, and South Brunswick Charter School in Southport with a combined enrollment of over 2,100 students in K-8. All four are tuition-free, charter schools that welcome all students, regardless of income, ability, or address. To learn more or enroll online, please visit EnrollRBA.com