Celebrating the 2020-21 School Year

Dear Brilla Staff, Families, and Friends,

Welcome to the final edition of The Perch for the 2020-21 school year! June has been busy with lots of joyful events celebrating this remarkable year.  

Today is the in-person component of our first-ever 8th grade graduation. On this occasion, we extend special gratitude to our 8th grade families. Thank you for taking a chance on Brilla eight years ago and entrusting us with your children. We are so proud of the people our 66 graduates are becoming. We’re confident they will continue to flourish in high school and beyond. We invite you to read about a staff member who has been integral in our 8th graders’ journey at Brilla. 

Leading up to graduation, 8th graders completed Passage Presentations. During these 20-minute presentations, scholars shared a portfolio with three work samples which represent the transcendentals Truth, Beauty, and Goodness. Additionally, they presented a written narrative about their own character growth while at Brilla. This culminating activity gave scholars the opportunity to reflect on two critical elements of the Brilla model: a classical approach and emphasis on character development.  

Last Friday, staff across our five schools and Network came together (virtually) to close out the year. We began our time together reviewing some highlights from the year. From resuming in-person learning in September to facilitating scholars’ impressive academic growth, our staff have been exceptional. This Spring, over two thirds of scholars grew one or more grade levels on STEP assessments, with 4th grade achieving the highest pass-rate to date. This is truly remarkable in light of the challenges faced this year! Our staff managed to do this without compromising on Brilla’s commitment to educate children in mind, body, and spirit. If you or someone you know would like to join this inspiring team, please reach out. We have a handful of positions open at our schools. 

Next school year, Brilla will continue to grow. We will serve some 1630 scholars across five campuses- Brilla College Prep Elementary, Brilla College Prep Middle, Brilla Veritas Elementary, Brilla Pax Elementary, and Brilla Caritas Elementary. We are thrilled to be able to welcome ALL scholars back to school buildings full-time in the Fall! We can’t wait to see you all on the first day of school on August 23rd. For now, though, we wish you a restful, well-deserved vacation!

Warm regards,

Luanne D. Zurlo, Executive Director

Kelsey LaVigne, Chief of Schools

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