According to Sam Ford of ABC 7 WJLA, for the first time, the entire senior class of D.C.’s Ballou High school has applied to college. The Southeast Washington school has been providing college prep classes through its AVID program. Ballou’s Principal acknowledges the program’s outcome saying,
“We have 189 seniors and this time 100 percent of them have applied to schools and we’re just waiting for acceptance letters to roll in.”
According to one student participating in AVID several he’s been accepted to five schools, while another told Ford that he’s received 11 acceptance letters already.
Ballou school officials have sponsored more trips to eastcoast colleges, and has ensured that there are AVID classes for every grade level. In addition, more than 100 students took the SAT’s compared to the number of students last year.
“I think the major story we’re getting from this is that it’s not just this one class, it’s the entire building that’s shifting toward college,” says Ballou Vice Principal Shamele Straughter.
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