Tag Archives: Aspirations Diploma High School

Heard in Class: What They Can’t Live Without

Heard in Class: What They Can’t Live Without

It’s 9:04 a.m. and four students are seated in Shana Lawson’s art class at Aspirations Diploma High School.  It’s early so not everyone has shown up yet. Lawson, dressed in a coral shirt and a beige sweater, walks around the room, preparing for class. “You need to have your objects finalized by tomorrow,” she tells  Read more »

Heard in Class: Everything is History

Right before spring break, Shay Masterson’s global studies left off with World War I.  “What did we say about the Treaty of Versailles?” she asks her students at Aspirations Diploma High School.  There are four students today. One girl yawns and giggles a bit.  Another pulls out her black binder for the answer.  She talks  Read more »

Heard in Class: Counting Their Calories

A thin girl with a long, dark brown ponytail is the first to arrive at Harold DeLucia’s health class at Aspirations Diploma High School in Brooklyn. She strolls into the room, grabs a black binder from the side of the room, plops onto her seat, and cracks open her book.  She bends over it, engrossed  Read more »

Heard in Class: A Lesson in Metaphors

Ten students have shown up for Shana Lawson’s Music 1 – Great Lyricists class at Aspirations Diploma High School.  Some are seated, while others stand at the side of the room, pulling their notebooks out from a messy pile by the window. The last figure of speech the class studied was a simile.  “What we  Read more »

Their Rap Lyrics

It’s a Monday morning in Shana Lawson’s music class.  About 17 students at Aspirations Diploma High School walk in wearing an assortment of hoodies and Yankee hats. Some are eager, but others seem to drag their feet. Using a blue marker, Lawson writes today’s subject on a dry erase board: Imagery – Painting pictures with  Read more »

A Life-Changing Game

A Life-Changing Game

Until last year, Reveley Protain didn’t know about rugby.  He had much more pressing things on his mind – family issues at home. Then, by chance, he stumbled upon the sport and it changed his life. Protain was walking down the hallway at Aspirations Diploma High School in East New York, Brooklyn, when he noticed  Read more »