Prior to coming to the Phoenix Academy, every school day for Alberto was a struggle. In second grade, he started to fall behind… and then COVID struck. Alberto’s grades worsened, despite his mother’s desperate attempts to get him the support he needed.
When students returned to the classroom, he continued to face challenges. His mom even cut back on her hours at work to try to provide extra help for him, but nothing worked.
“I’d push him to do his homework, and he became so depressed, that he didn’t even want to do homework anymore,” she said. “He didn’t care about homework. He didn’t care about doing anything anymore.”
She became increasingly worried about Alberto, and as a single mother, she experienced immense stress every day as she tried to find someone – or something – that could help. Then, she heard about the Phoenix Academy, and at her sister’s urging, she enrolled Alberto this fall.
“The second day he went (to Phoenix Academy), I saw a smile again. The third day, he said ‘I made a friend.’ Now every morning, he gets up… and he’s just ready to go to school. He gets his homework done as soon as he gets home. As soon as we get in the car, he asks ‘Can I start my homework?’”
Now she says Phoenix Academy has totally changed her son’s life – and hers.