Volume 23 | June 2024
We Elevate charter schools.
We Empower students.
We Emulate research-based practices.
We Engage community stakeholders.
EEG News & Updates

The mission of the Educational Empowerment Group is to promote knowledge, wisdom and understanding to all stakeholders that empowers success in our global society.

The vision of the Educational Empowerment Group is to elevate the experience for students and stakeholders by positively changing the landscape of charter school education.
A Message from the CEO

In a flash, the 2023-2024 school year has come to an end. I want to congratulate you on another successful year! Your unwavering commitment to our students is commendable, and I appreciate your loyalty, tenacity and resilience.

I encourage you to sharpen your perspective and see the end of this year as a beginning. Take a moment to breathe and reinvigorate. Use this time to strategize and build upon the foundation you have established.

  • How will you continue to elevate experiences for teachers, staff, students, parents and community stakeholders?
  • What will you do to further empower students?
  • How will you improve in your quest to emulate researched-based practices?
  • What are ways that you will engage community stakeholders to broaden our reach in surrounding neighborhoods?

The upcoming school year holds infinite possibilities. You and your teams are the tour guides that will lead our schools to unchartered territory. We are here to provide you with every resource needed to champion success. I am very proud of what our team has accomplished thus far. Here’s to future achievements!

                               – Wendy Rydarowicz
Blazing a Trail
Our high school students gleamed with gratification, as they took positive strides toward success. This year, 208 students walked across the stage and earned their high school diplomas. This is an increase of 54 students from the 2022-2023 school year.

Of the 208 graduating seniors, 61 received employment upon graduation through the skills learned in our Career Technical Education Programs. We increased employment by 29 students in comparison to 2022-2023.

Last year, 21 students were accepted into a college or university. This year, 50 students are on their way to higher learning. Additionally, 4 students will serve in the military, and 3 have been accepted into trade schools which align with acquired CTE skills. At EEG, we aspire to EMPOWER our students. They will blaze a trail by accomplishing dreams, defying odds and becoming beacons of success! Congratulations, Class of 2024 and every principal, teacher and staff member who pushed our students towards greatness!

Additional Successes

CASTLE High School – East Campus
Additionally, we would like to share that all of our students earned the Industry Credentials Seal along with the Ohio Means Jobs Seal. A handful of our students are certified in STNA and in Customer Service and Retail. We have also set up internships, and a few of our students will be working for The Illuminating Company.” -Principal Alexandra Kolb

Liberty Prep School
“This is Liberty Prep’s first year with The Educational Empowerment Group, and we have worked to elevate the experience for our seniors. We held the first ever Liberty Prep Baccalaureate for seniors this year! The majority of our seniors also earned Rise Up (Retail and Customer Service) credentials as well as the Ohio Means Jobs seal.” -Principal Joseph Weisend

Riverscape Career Tech High School
“All of our seniors have committed to schools for the fall. We have students attending Sinclair Community College, Wright State University, Wittenburg University, and Hondros College.”-Principal Victoria Carter

Ohio Construction Academy
“This is OCA’s largest class in history!” -Principal Matt Demosky

Stark High School
“Stark has 2 early graduates!” -Principal Carly Hart

Akron Career Tech High School
“10 students completed the Rise Up program, and 3 students obtained their STNA certification. This is the largest graduation class.” -Principal Leeanna Simmons 
In the News
Future Site of Lake Erie International High School
Moving on Up!
Two of our schools are elevating to the next dimension of advancement through expansion. Cincinnati Technology Academy (CTA) and Lake Erie International High School (LEIHS) are in pursuit of excellence. Each school recently acquired larger buildings to accommodate future innovative programming.

LEIHS’ new location, pictured above, is the former North Coast College. This ideal location covers an area of 24,173 square feet and is conducive for hands-on learning opportunities and expanded CTE programs. Moreover, it is a central location for existing and future community partnerships. This contemporary designed building has a collegiate atmosphere and is perfect for workforce development. The students and staff are excited and ready to step into the next stage of progress.

Formerly the St. Martin of Tours School, CTA’s new location is comprised of 29,000 square feet. Students will enjoy a 7400 square foot gymnasium and spacious classrooms in a beautifully designed building. CTA will continue the tradition of excellence in this historic edifice and cultivate distinction in academics and operations. Teachers, parents and stakeholders enthusiastically await move-in day. This school continuously overcomes obstacles and positively contributes to its community.
Future Site of Cincinnati Technology Academy
The Community Corner
Since its establishment in 2014, EEG has made targeted efforts to address barriers which influence student achievement, such as hunger, lack of clothing and insufficient resources. Over 200 community partners unite with our network of schools to assist with meeting the holistic needs of the students. 

Recently, 52 students at A+ Arts Academy- Fair Campus received free optical exams and new eyeglasses, courtesy of the iSee Program. Additionally, 4EveryKid donated 500 pairs of new shoes to our A+ students for the summer. We will expand our partnerships and make every effort to provide our students with resources needed to succeed.
Leadership Summit
The EEG Leadership Team and School Principals convened to be motivated and challenged at the Quarterly Leadership Summit last month. Participants examined relevant topics which included but were not limited to: the approach to servant leadership, establishing and maintaining a positive organizational culture and exploring the Trust Wobble. Renowned author and motivational keynote speaker, Jason Barger facilitated group collaboration and conducted lively discussions to push every individual to aspire to be agents of positive change. We are actively shifting from mediocre to exceptional leadership through servanthood.
The Health Corner
Did you know that simply being outdoors can improve your health? This month’s issue of Live Well, Work Well shares practical tips to improve your mental and physical health. Take a look!