Dear Supporters of Dayton Leadership Academies:
As our school name implies, Dayton Leadership Academies is preparing leaders for the future. In this report, we highlight how DLA is preparing students to be leaders in high school, how we are developing teacher leaders, and how DLA families are leading the way.
There were many significant achievements in the 2017-2018 school year, including:
Student enrollment increased by 12% from 375 to 420 students.
95% of our students re-enrolled for the 2018-2019 school year.
Early Learning Academy was one of only two charter schools in Dayton to earn a B rating on Ohio State School Report Card.
Our average academic growth was close to 1.5 years of growth in reading and math for the second year in a row.
As our students grew and developed, so did our staff. We welcomed several new school leaders charged with moving DLA forward to achieve our mission. In June 2017 Tess Mitchner Asinjo transitioned into the principal position from assistant principal. In January, thanks to a $75,000 school improvement grant, we created a new Teacher Coach for Data and Instruction position. For the 2018-2019 school year, we have also hired a new Middle School Culture Coordinator to ensure that our students are equipped to soar in high school and beyond.
Our family support continued to be strong with 81% of families indicating they are satisfied with DLA as their child’s school on our annual parent feedback survey. Our Parent Advisory Council raised over $1,000 and started the first annual PAC Scholarship. Two students were awarded $300 to use towards fees at local private high schools. We know that this scholarship served as a springboard for our alumni in their pursuit of college.
The future is very bright for DLA students and our school community. Our academic model is yielding results, our family support is strong, our finances are stable, and our community partnerships are having a positive impact. We look forward to sharing our students’ significant achievements in the 2018-2019 school year.
Together in Excellence,
Joshua Ward, Board President Tess Mitchner Asinjo, Principal