Dear Friend of Opportunity Schools,
Since the inception of Opportunity Schools in 1990 we have had the privilege of partnering with private, faith-based schools in Southern California to enable them to educate students with learning and social challenges.
After prayerful consideration the Board of Directors of Opportunity Schools has elected to sunset the organization, effective at the end of Summer 2022. Our board and leadership team have recognized that changes have occurred over the past 32 years; it is now conceivable that a school can replicate elements of our model by developing their own program for students with learning challenges using the abundance of online resources, which were previously not available. To move our mission forward would require a major expansion of our Executive Team.
The leadership team at Opportunity Schools is working with our schools and their teachers through the summer to ensure a seamless transition. We are gifting our schools with the materials, curriculum and interventions that have proven so effective for their students. Each program will be well-equipped for Fall 2022 and beyond!
As we transition our Program to our partner schools I do so with immense pride and gratitude for the students’ lives that have been helped by our organization and the preparation they have received to succeed in their future education and in life.
I am confident that these children—who were entrusted to us for a time and who are precious in God’s sight—will continue to be well served. They will have brighter futures through the achievement of academic competency that would not otherwise be possible.
With this change comes sadness for me … as Opportunity Schools has been my focus and joy. But I accept that there is wisdom in knowing the importance of finishing strong, and being willing to listen to God’s leading in my life.
My time will now be devoted to growing my personal foundation, Ignite Cultural Solutions, whose mission is focused on transforming the lives of disadvantaged youth and adult populations by giving them a leg up on life … whatever that looks like or requires.
With great appreciation for the faith you have had in me as I have led Opportunity Schools,
- Louise Ukleja
Founder and Executive Director, Opportunity Schools