When west meets east

  At the Academy of the Pacific Rim, the heart of it all is to make friends from across the world. “I’ve definitely seen the other side of things now,” said Polly Doogue, a 12th grader at the Academy of the Pacific Rim. She was one of 12 students who went to Beijing this past summer as an exchange student. The Hyde Park charter public school for seventh to 12th graders has offered the China summer program for high schoolers for the past three years. Students stayed at the academy’s sister school, Beijing No. 80 High School, for more than … Continue reading

Op Ed: Dream Project helps high school seniors get into college

  By Cliff Wong Six years ago, a group of high school students arrived at the center during the peak financial aid season. It was an extremely busy Saturday with the waiting area already filled-to-capacity. Suddenly, an assembly of Asian seniors from North Quincy High School arrived at the center. They appeared confused and ill-prepared for service. It didn’t help that closing time at the center was an hour away. Unable to assist them, we asked the group to return at a later time. Disappointedly, they agreed to return, and departed. Unexplainably however, I pursued the group and promised to … Continue reading

Student voices: Adult learners reflect on coming to America

  By Ruba Nazzal and Yuchan Zhang Despite educational achievements in their native countries, many immigrant adults often make the difficult decision to return to school after they arrive in the United States, balancing work and family responsibilities with the demands of improving their English to reach their goals of higher levels of education and better jobs with family-sustaining salaries. Students who are studying in Chinatown will share their stories, including their successes and the challenges that lie ahead. Ruba Nazzal, Jordan I believe that every student has a story to tell. When I came here to America, I was … Continue reading

Local after school program ready to enroll students

The Red Oak afterschool program, serving ages 5 to 13, of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Council has a goal of servicing 95 students. This fall there will be a group leader who will primarily focus on kids from middle school, rather than grouping the middle school kids with younger kids. “It is to help us serve our middle school programs better,” Tasha Chu, Red Oak program director, said. “So that it better meets their needs and focuses in better in where they are in their development.” For example, in excelling their literacy skills the elementary level partakes in read-a-louds, when … Continue reading