Student Profile: Victor Alvarez (Downers Grove, Ill.)

Date: March 5, 2014

Victor is a senior from District 88.

OES: Now that you have been with us for a few weeks, is the program what you expected?

VA: My sister was enrolled at Ombudsman, so I had some idea what to expect. Some people think it’s hard but if you follow the program it’s easy. I try to finish 8 assignments a day. Here I don’t have to deal with the drama at a big high school. I can come in and get my work done.

OES: What’s been difficult for you this year?

VA: English. I have three English classes so there is a lot of writing to do. I thought writing was hard but Mrs. M told me I was doing well.

OES: Since you brought up Mrs. Martiradonna, let’s talk about the teachers.

VA: The teachers help me a lot. They are always there. They are really nice.

OES: Was it difficult adjusting to using the computer as much as you do?

VA: It wasn’t an adjustment for me. It only took a week and a half to get used to it. Because I can relax now, I get a lot more done. I know my reading has improved. Reading Plus has really helped. When I came, I was reading 230 words a minute and now it’s 322. Since my speed and comprehension have gotten better, I get more work done. I know I’m doing better here than I have at any other school. A+ is a good program and I get more help here.

OES: Do you have a favorite class this year?

VA: Economics. I’m learning interesting stuff about the government.

OES: Any final thoughts?

VA: Ombudsman is a really good school. When I first came I saw the posters on the walls with the quotes from the students. I didn’t think they were real. I thought the whole thing was fake. Now I know that’s what those students really said. Ombudsman is a really good school. Honestly, before I came here I didn’t think I was going to graduate at all. Now, if I keep working hard, I could graduate with my class.


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