D.C. charter school for adult students could be shut down

Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) photo of: Anchor Site in Columbia Heights

Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) photo of: Anchor Site in Columbia Heights

Alejandra Matos of the Washington Post reports that a charter school for at-risk adult students may face closure after the D.C. Public Charter School Board determined that it has failed to meet the majority of its academic goals.

The Latin American Youth Center Career Academy founded in 2012 opened as a school for former high school dropouts to assist students in earning a GED, learn a trade or continue on to college. 

The charter board is required to evaluate a school’s performance after five years. Board Executive Director Scott Pearson and his staff determined that more than two-thirds of the 770 students enrolled at the school since 2012 were not on a track to earn a GED or receive college or career training.

Of the 119 students who could have earned a GED, 20 percent earned one. Of the 42 students on a plan to start a medical assistant career, none earned certification, according to board staff. Read more here.