June 20, 2010: June is graduation season, a time when students and families celebrate many years of hard work that culminate to the soundtrack of "Pomp and Circumstance." In three Northern California charter schools, the celebrations are that much more exciting because all of the graduating students are heading off to college.
Arise High School opened its doors three years ago to encourage students who had not been successful in school, and this June, all of the students graduating from have been accepted to four year colleges. Read the KGO story
All 21 seniors in East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy's first graduating class have gotten into four-year colleges or universities. In 2003, Aspire Public Schools Inc. began running Phoenix's K-8 counterpart, East Palo Alto Charter School. Three years later, Aspire opened Phoenix Academy, which is part of the Sequoia Union High School District. Read the Santa Cruz Sentinel story
And in Redwood City, Summit Preparatory Charter High School will be sending 96 students to college in the fall, building on a trend of high college acceptance rates. Over the past four years, 96 percent of Summit's graduates have gone on to college. Read the Mercury News story