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From Worst to First

Minneapolis’ Friendship Academy is a small school with a big vision! The tuition-free charter school has found academic success by using arts integration to teach the core subjects of reading, math, science, social studies, physical education and health.

Today, the school’s test scores show its students are beating the odds despite the fact that most live in poverty, but that wasn’t always the case. Early in its history, it nearly closed its doors due to poor student performance.

Watch this inspirational interview with the school’s executive director, Charvez Russell, to find out how Friendship Academy turned itself around and is now setting a new standard in the world of education.

This content was created in partnership with Friendship Academy for the Arts

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