Hear our radio interview, originally aired on the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ:
Story by Miriam Raftery, photo by Leon Thompson
August 28, 2015 (El Cajon) – Miguel Angel Soria and Peter Alkatib at Diego Valley Charter School in El Cajon are working wonders, helping 80% of their students—all at risk and drop-out youth—graduate with a high school diploma and go on to college or a career pathway. They are also co-producers of the Chaldean Voices documentary film debuting soon on KPBS and in El Cajon to celebrate Chaldean-American month.
About 30% to 40% of the student body are Iraqi Chaldeans and most of the rest belong to other minority populations. The school offers flexible scheduling to accommodate students who must work or raise children, also providing tutoring and other help to assure their students achieve their dreams.