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Student Spotlight: Visions Helps Student Raise GPA and Stay Healthy

Jessica Vargas found Visions In Education after her health issues made it difficult for her to attend traditional public school. In 9th grade, she decided to drop out due to a low GPA brought on by her diabetes and low attendance record. At the time she wasn’t sure where to turn but she knew she wanted to continue learning. After doing some research and not finding an online high school that was a good fit, she saw an ad for Visions and knew Independent Study was the exact program she was looking for.

“Without Visions I wouldn’t be learning and growing and taking care of my medical needs,” said Jessica. “I’ve become more social and confident all thanks to the people at Visions and what they do for their students. Best decision I’ve made in my life!”

Overcoming Obstacles

After enrolling in Visions her sophomore year, Jessica was able to raise her GPA and focus on her interpersonal skills. Her teacher, Amy Salvatori, is her biggest motivator. Her support has helped Jessica focus on her education, manage her diabetes, improve her mental health and increase her confidence.

“Amy is by far the best teacher I have had. From giving me a courage boost, to helping me with my goals, she does it all because she is passionate about her job and cares about her students,” said Jessica.

Moving Forward

Now that Jessica has gotten back on track she plans to take advantage of the enrichment services and free community college opportunities offered at Visions. In the future, she hopes to study to become a veterinarian and volunteer to help at-risk communities. We’re so proud of Jessica’s progress and look forward to seeing her succeed.