Every Student Graduating At This Compton High School Is Going To A 4-Year University

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison
Aaron Moorer looks for a book in the library at Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden Sydney, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Moorer is from Fairfax County Va., where It’s an annual rite in Fairfax County, when hundreds of second-graders trooping off to private psychologists, taking IQ tests to prove they’re worthy of the county’s advanced academic programs. Data shows that worthy black and Hispanic students are mostly left out. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Educational excellence may not be the first thing one thinks of when they think of Compton, but the students at Compton Early College (CEC) High School are proving it should be. The school will graduate its first class of 65 students this year – and all of them have been accepted into multiple four-year colleges and universities, reported NBC Los Angeles.

More than half of the seniors have also already received their associate’s degrees. The accomplishment is quite a feat considering the school has only been open since 2015.

When CEC welcomed its senior class at the beginning of the school year to welcome the Class of 2019, Compton School Board Vice President Satra Zurita couldn’t contain her excitement.

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“This is truly a momentous occasion,” Zurita told the LA Sentinel. “These students have taken up the challenge of attending college and high school at the same time. We have provided them with support and they have excelled. As a board member, it brings me much joy to think that many of them will walk the stage in June with both a high school and college diploma in their hand!”

Now that hard work has been rewarded with the 65 seniors being accepted into prestigious schools like Berkeley, Northwestern, USC and UCLA, among others.

On its website, CEC’s principal, Dr. Pamela Maddox, said the role of CEC staff “is to be homework monitors, test motivators, and life skill building teachers. These attributes will propel students to become college bound students, which is the CEC ultimate goal.”

Mission accomplished!