Education: Worth the investment


Posted On: June 3, 2021

It has been our honor to invest in the lives and education of students at Birmingham City School’s Washington K-8 for the last two years. I am a firm believer good strong schools are essential to a healthy & strong community. This mantra, of sorts, is why Navigate’s Board continues to invest in Washington K-8 students.

In 2019, Navigate Gives Back invested $50,000 in the students. The faculty created a Pre-Act Prep Course for students, and they performed well.

“We had several of our students who performed anywhere from 15 to 29,” says Academic Specialist Teresa Tarver. “And for them just seeing the test for the first time, that was truly amazing for middle school.”

The highest achievable score for the ACT is 36.

“Our students and faculty really benefited from the investment,” says Principal Antonia Ishman. “Our teachers became AMSTI-trained. We were able to pay for a week of training. Some teachers went for an additional week. We were also able to buy some technology.”

Education and more

Through Navigate Gives Back, our team has also participated in Reading Day and even painted classrooms. We renewed our investment for the 2020-21 school year, donating $100,000 to the school. This gift allowed the ACT prep course to continue, and the school added new educational programs like Math Club and Social Justice.

“The organizations and clubs that Navigate has sponsored over the years have been amazing,” Tarver says. “Our students, if they had to compete- and which they did- they have placed in each of the categories.”

The Social Justice team earned third place in their first year at the Social Justice Fair. The students took the time to thank our Board in the video posted to the left. We want to thank and congratulate the students for a job well done this year.

Vital to Community Development

The students’ success in education is vital to our community development efforts right around the school. We are currently selling a home across the street from Washington K-8. Navigate Communities will also build three modular homes in the Titusville neighborhood.

Again, good, strong schools are essential to a healthy & strong community. I am proud of the Washington K-8 students and faculty and look forward to their continued success.


Lisa McCarroll is the CEO of Navigate Affordable Housing Partners where our vision is simple: to be an instrument of change by revitalizing communities, empowering people, and expanding housing options for all.  



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