By Lavinia Harrison
““The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change .” It took me until now to realize how true this famous quote is by Heraclitus. Hello my name is Lavinia Harrison and I have been dealing with nothing but change for the past month and a half. New Media Technology Charter School is closing down as of June 23,2016. I was a student at New Media since I was in 5th grade, I am currently an 11th grader. I left New Media about a month and a half ago to attend Academy at Palumbo. As you can imagine that was and still is a very difficult transition. I’m honestly still trying to accept the fact that New Media; my second home is going to be just a memory after this school year. Although I am very grateful that I was able to get into such a great high school; I am still having trouble dealing with all the changes. Academically the two schools are completely different. Palumbo is a public school while New Media was a charter school. I believe this has a lot to do with why I am having trouble adjusting academically. I just feel like the education systems are a lot different. For example, the english classes. At Palumbo you have to read Romeo and Juliet in 9th grade; but at New Media you don’t get introduced to shakespeare until the end of 10th grade. Just think about it, Palumbo is preparing their 9th graders academically the same why New Media prepares their 10th graders.There was this experiment done “at Stanford University reveal that students' test scores may prove that public schools are now outperforming charter schools. The Stanford analysts compared reading and math state-based standardized test scores between charter school and public school students in 15 states, as well as scores in the District of Columbia. Experts found that 37 percent of charter schools posted improvements in math scores; however, these improvement rates were significantly below the improvement rates of students in public school classrooms.” These results are not surprising to me at all after seeing the difference for myself. See the problem yet? At the charter school I attended they didn’t offer gym,art, or a second language. Now that I transferred over to Palumbo I am considered behind because I don’t have credits in those classes. Although I could go on about their differences, there are some similarities between a public and charter school. One main similarity I have personally noticed is the support the teachers and staff give you. My support system is already awesome at Palumbo and it was and still is at New Media. One thing that I will miss about New Media is the lunch;we had a personal chef. At Palumbo we get “public school food”, the nastiest stuff on earth. In conclusion, Yes, I will miss New Media Technology charter school but Academy at Palumbo is better for me in many ways.