100% of Compton Early College High School Graduating Class of 2019 will be Accepted to Four-Year Universities
May 8, 2019
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Seniors to be celebrated and final decisions revealed at College Decision Day Celebration

COMPTON- Opening its doors just four years ago, 100% of Compton Early College (CEC) High School’s Class of 2019 will attend four-year universities in the Fall. In fact, many will graduate having already earned a college associates degree as a result of the school’s innovative concurrent high school/college enrollment program in partnership with Compton College. The school celebrated this accomplishment and its first ever graduating class with an inaugural Annual College Decision Day, held at its campus.

The school’s principal, Dr. Pamela Maddox, commended the students, their families, and the staff for their commitment and hard work. “I know it wasn’t easy—I know it was a lot of work, juggling college classes, Advanced Placement Classes and a demanding course curriculum, but you did it!” shared Dr. Maddox.

Compton Unified School District Superintendent, Dr. Darin Brawley, also shared sentiments at the celebration, running down an impressive list of accomplishments about the class, in addition to outperforming many schools across the state:

  • 100% Graduation
  • 100% Acceptance to 4yr University
  • 100% Pursuing higher education in Fall 2019
  • 98% Accepted to CSU & UCs
  • 14% of our Students accepted to UCLA (Thats 5% over the national average)
  • 1 Posse Scholar attending Northwestern University
  • Valedictorian attending USC on full ride scholarship
  • Salutatorian attending UCLA
  • 60% graduating AA/IGETC from Compton College Spring 2019
  • 1 Student receiving CSU certification

“Today is a very special day, because today we have 100% of you graduating, and100% of you accepted into four-year colleges and universities. You have set yourself apart from schools not just in Compton, but also throughout the state and the nation,” said Brawley

Through partnership with Compton College, Compton Early College students attend both high school and college courses. One student, Keishon White, is graduating with 60 units under his belt. Keishon attend UCLA in the fall and, depending on his major, could very well start as a Junior. Several other of the 65 students in the inaugural graduating class will be entering into college having completed several general education units, setting them up for potentially fewer years to finish college and saving up to $60,000 in tuition, depending on the school.

“Compton College applauds the success of students from the Compton Early College High School,” said Keith Curry, President/CEO of Compton College. “As a partner with Compton Unified School District in the establishment of the Early College High School, we have witnessed these students' success from their first day of enrollment, and we wish them continued success at their selected four-year colleges/universities.”

The heart-warming and festive celebration was kicked off by proud and encouraging remarks from Board Vice President Satra Zurita and Superintendent Dr. Darin Brawley. “Today is a great day in Compton!” said Vice President Zurita. “Compton Early College High School is a vision that has come to life and has transformed this corner!”

Recently Compton Early College expanded its innovative model to its middle school campus, transforming its instruction and curriculum to prepare its sixth through eighth graders to succeed in its high school. In a symbolic gesture, the sixth-grade class made a special presentation to the soon-to-be graduates, giving them each a “yellow brick” with their name on it and words of encouragement as they pursue their dreams in college and beyond.

“What we are seeing is the fruits of transformation, one brought forth through partnership, innovation, above-and-beyond dedicated staff under the leadership of an outstanding Principal, and the hard work of the very students here today and their families,” said President Micah Ali.

Others are seeing and taking notice, as applications for admission have almost tripled since the school opened its doors—over 160 incoming Freshman will be joining the school community next year.

For more information on Compton Early College 6-12 School, visit: https://cechs-compton-ca.schoolloop.com/

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Contact:
Melissa R. Franklin
mfranklin@compton.k12.ca.us
(310) 946-7805