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These 232 innovative schools are challenging old assumptions about education
June 23, 2022
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Column: Tech-focused charter school comes to the Portland area
June 22, 2022
Rooted School, an initiative that opens charter high schools aimed at overcoming local talent gaps, is coming to Vancouver.
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Rooted School set to open in Vancouver in August 2022
June 22, 2022
The school, which has two fully operating schools in New Orleans and Indianapolis, will be Vancouver’s first public charter high school
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A New Orleans school gave students $50 a week. Then researchers watched how they spent it.
June 22, 2022
Some saved for college, others invested in stocks or cryptocurrency.
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New Orleans charter school offers students tech certifications, chance at high- paying jobs
June 22, 2022
Rooted School offers alternate path to financial freedom
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Rooted School’s High School Graduates Receive Jobs at Fortune 500 Companies and Scholarships to Top Tier Universities Across America
May 14, 2022
The charter school’s 2021 graduates chose to attend universities such as Tulane, Villanova and Case Western Reserve, and work at top tech companies including Entergy, Ochsner and Lucid  Rooted School is one of the most innovative high school models in the U.S., with the aim to rapidly reduce America’s...
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Rooted School’s 2021 Green Balloon Fellowship Recipients Receive Jobs at Pioneering Tech Companies Right Out of High School
June 17, 2021
The charter school’s 2021 graduates chose to work at top tech companies including Entergy, Ochsner and Lucid and attend universities such as Tulane, Villanova and Case Western Reserve  Rooted School gives students an active role in their future careers by teaching skills that are in-demand for today’s most successful...
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New Orleans Saints players surprise Rooted School students, present $50K to school
December 3, 2019
It started out as just another Tuesday for students at the Rooted School, an Uptown New Orleans charter high school focused on teaching the latest skills needed in tech industry jobs.
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A New School Takes Root in New Orleans—And Races Against Time
October 16, 2018
One of the city’s newest school leaders, Jonathan Johnson, is focused on a different number: 228. It’s emblazoned on banners hung on the walls of Rooted School. It’s on Johnson’s mind when he walks the halls, or travels out of town to recruit donors, college partners, or companies where he...
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How Rooted, A New Orleans Charter High School, Prepares Freshmen For $20/Hour Jobs
August 27, 2018
There’s only one rookie school on the way-too-short list of New Orleans public schools that beat the state school performance average in 2018. It's called Rooted, the first from-scratch, open-enrollment high school to open here in a decade.
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NOLA’s Rooted School Aims to ‘Beat the Streets’ by Graduating Students Ready for High-Tech Jobs
September 29, 2017
Jonathan Johnson has his work cut out for him. In a quiet room on the second floor of a synagogue in a historic New Orleans neighborhood, 16 ninth-graders are trying to master 3-D design software.
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Charter Schools Have An Awkward Secret: They’re Not Very Good At Innovating
June 1, 2015
That’s when Mitchell met Jonathan Johnson, a teacher turned entrepreneur. He had been prototyping his idea for a new charter school, called Rooted, through an after-school program, and was looking for a chance to test the model during the school day, in the form of a “school within a...
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Entrepreneurs Are Changing The Future Of Education By Starting New Schools In New Orleans
May 27, 2015
Rooted School aims to bridge the gap between what’s being taught in high schools and what skills are needed for the jobs being created in Greater New Orleans’ high-growth, high-wage industries. With 4.0’s help, Johnson has learned how to build a board, how to negotiate, and how to be...
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New Orleans Educator Dreams Of Teaching Tech To Beat The Streets
April 7, 2015
Jonathan Johnson began teaching social studies to eighth-graders at one of the city's charter schools in 2010. After a rough start, Johnson says he became known as the "warrior teacher" because his classroom was all about "fighting the war on low expectations for African-American youth."
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Rooted School’s High School Graduates Receive Jobs at Fortune 500 Companies and Scholarships to Top Tier Universities Across America
May 14, 2022
The charter school’s 2021 graduates chose to attend universities such as Tulane, Villanova and Case Western Reserve, and work at top tech companies including Entergy, Ochsner and Lucid  Rooted School is one of the most innovative high school models in the U.S., with the aim to rapidly reduce America’s...
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Rooted School’s 2021 Green Balloon Fellowship Recipients Receive Jobs at Pioneering Tech Companies Right Out of High School
June 17, 2021
The charter school’s 2021 graduates chose to work at top tech companies including Entergy, Ochsner and Lucid and attend universities such as Tulane, Villanova and Case Western Reserve  Rooted School gives students an active role in their future careers by teaching skills that are in-demand for today’s most successful...
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