One Black High School in Washington, D.C. Is Now Prepared to Send Every Student Off to College

Published On April 3, 2017 | By patrice | The latest posts

Wow! This is amazing!

In the last academic school year, there were only 57% of the students from Ballou High School who were able to walk across the stage to receive their diplomas at graduation. However, this year, every single student has applied to colleges and they are now set to graduate and go on to do bigger and better things.

The 2017 senior class of this Washington, D.C. based high school has now collectively decided that they were all going to make a major change from the 2016 school year. They will not only graduate, but they have all applied for colleges together. Some of the students have even applied to multiple institutes of higher learning, as many as 14 different schools.

One student has already received 11 acceptance letters.

This school is located in one of Washington D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods, and because of the environment that many of the kids have been forced to grow up in, it  causes them to drop out of school before they are even able to graduate.

However, the school’s principal, Yetunde Reeves, said that the school is now trying to change it’s reputation, as well as the reality of a lot of their students.

“There are some schools and communities where college is an automatic next step. There is no celebration,” Reeves said. “Our kids don’t get that same message. We are trying to create an environment where going to college is what Ballou does as well.”

Many of the current students are working with the school’s college and career coordinator, Jamanda Porter, who says that the efforts of the school are to “meet our students where they are, but we are pushing them to higher expectations.”

We are so happy for this school and their students, who have all proudly pushed themselves to be better individuals and carry on a legacy filled with success and happiness.

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