PRIDE Prep in the Media


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Spokane Journal of Business | November 6, 2014
PRIDE Prep has secured $1.7 million, is nearing goal

Pride Prep, Spokane’s first charter school, has secured $1.7 million of the $2 million it hopes to raise in order to open in fall 2015, says Brenda McDonald, former Spokane Public School administrator and CEO of the new school.

With a previously announced location secured, the school is well on its way to opening as scheduled, McDonald says.

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Building the PRIDE Family in West Central

Every child has a dream, to pursue the dream is in every child’s hand to make it a reality.
— Samuel Morse

Last Friday, PRIDE Prep staff members and volunteers spent a night at the West Central Community Center for their annual Halloween Carnival.

Each year, over 400 families pass through the Halloween Carnival in the Center's gymnasium; students participate in activities hosted by different community partners and service providers in the community, and parents and guardians can ask questions, receive access to resources, and of course watch their students have a blast.

At the PRIDE Prep table, we wanted to encourage students to create something unique and have fun doing it. We brought in over 10 pounds of gum drops and boxes of toothpicks, and over the course of the next hour and a half, dozens of students passed by our table and tried their hand at building whatever structure or object they wished. We were amazed by the creativity exhibited in just a short time by each and every one of the students who stopped by.

Scroll through the gallery below to see some of our favorite moments from the evening.

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PRIDE Prep is Building a “Maker Space”


Fueling the
Next Generation of Innovators

Learning can be challenging fun when students see the work as relevant and gain trust in their abilities. At PRIDE Prep, students will deepen their understanding of science concepts through hands-on “making.” 

That’s why we are creating a “maker space” -- a workshop space where students can build, experiment, and create. 

Maker spaces are fueling the “maker” movement across the country and are providing the tools and inspiration for the next generation of innovators. In these spaces, learners put ideas to the test and learn how to continually improve on them. Failure is treated as important and necessary feedback for creating a better model, experiment, or product.

The maker space is filled with traditional tools for prototyping using just about any material. Yet, we live in a digital world of logic boards and computer chips, and PRIDE Prep students will also be taking those raw parts and programming them to collect data from experiments or to control a new device. In this way, students will learn about physical computing and human-computer interaction.

Whether exploring the concepts of Newtonian physics or creating a new heart-rate monitor, woodworking or 3-D printing, PRIDE Prep students will be creative makers.

PRIDE Prep in the Media


Spokesman Review | April 4, 2014
Spokane Public Schools working on education alternatives

Families unsatisfied or uninterested in traditional education will soon have more choices as Spokane Public Schools adds to its educational portfolio.

The state’s second-largest district plans to roll out multiple learning alternatives for students over the next two years, on top of the addition of charter schools.

“For several years now the board has wanted to create options for our families,” said Jeff Bierman, Spokane Public Schools board president. “Now it’s happening.”

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Source: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/apr/...

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Spokesman Review | January 23, 2014
Spokane school board approves first charter application

Spokane will be home to Washington’s first charter school.

The state’s second-largest school district made the leap Wednesday in a historic school board vote to unanimously approve one of three charter school applicants: Pride Prep, a grass-roots effort led by former Garry Middle School Principal Brenda McDonald.

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Source: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/jan/...

PRIDE Prep in the Media


Spokesman Review | September 16, 2013
Spokane Public Schools taking proposals as cutoff nears

Seven years of foreign language. Extra math and science. Nine-hour school days and an extended school year. These are the makings of a charter school planned for Spokane next year.

Brenda McDonald plans to submit an application to Spokane Public Schools to start Pride Prep, a free college preparatory school for sixth- through 12th-graders considered to be at risk for slipping in school.

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Source: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/sep/...