In The News

June 15, 2016
20 Grads: Next Stop, Medical School
Sammy Rivera Jr. seems to have it all figured out. The eighth grader at New Beginnings Family Academy (NBFA) is a straight A student and class valedictorian, with a full tuition scholarship to attend Hopkins School next year.

Sammy describes himself as persistent, hardworking, and determined. He plans on using those traits to excel at Hopkins and earn admission at Yale or Harvard after high school, with goals of attending to medical school.


May 3, 2016

What it Means to Educate the Whole Child
Bridgeport’s New Beginnings Family Academy (NBFA) recently hosted 80 parents, students, and educators at a panel discussion on how public schools can support the whole child. NBFA CEO Ronelle Swagerty explained that this means covering issues like social-emotional well-being, school culture, and parent engagement. 

The speakers included Brandon Clark, Director of Recruitment at New Leaders, Christine King, a NBFA parent and board member, and the Founder of CKing Education, and Scarlett Lewis, Founder & President of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement.

November 24, 2015
Youngest US Chess Master, 10: I've Got to Work on My Endgame

In addition to ubiquitous after-school chess programs, charter schools are taking up chess in the classroom. Educators say the game teaches logic and critical and analytical thinking skills and the ability to lose gracefully. "If kids stick to it long enough, their concentration is improved," said Ronelle Swagerty, head of school at the New Beginnings Family Academy, a Bridgeport charter school that offers chess classes to seventh- and eighth-grade students.

November 10, 2015
Parents Rally for Charter School Funding

Thousands of parents from across the state rallied in Bridgeport Tuesday to demand more funding for charter schools.

Close to 3,300 parents, students and teachers from across the state took part in the rally, saying that public schools are failing students and that they want more funding for an alternative to it.

November 5, 2015
On Thursday evening, public charter school leaders, parents, and students came together for NECSN's first-ever Impact of Charter Schools panel discussion. The event was an open, honest conversation about what is working and not working in charter schools, and how they can improve.
NECSN Panel
Pictured above, Park City Prep parent Kesheonia Kirkland, New Beginnings Family Academy CEO Ronelle Swagerty, Side by Side Charter School Executive Director Matt Nittoly, and NECSN CT State Director Jeremiah Grace