Oakland charter school sends all graduates to college

June 18, 2010 9:28:35 PM PDT
An Oakland charter school held its first graduation ceremony today with a lot to be proud of.

All the students graduating from Arise High School have been accepted to four year colleges.

The school opened its doors three years ago to encourage students who had not been successful in school.

It offered extended study hours, summer classes and the opportunity for students to study abroad.

"It felt like it was impossible, but Arise made it possible," said graduate James Alexander Herrera, who will be attending CSU Northridge.

"I feel good, I feel happy, I'm like... I am so happy I am graduating, like this day really came," said graduate Sandra Oliveros, who will be attending Sonoma State University.

It wasn't easy for Arise school administrators to keep going.

As the student body grew by 20 percent, they faced budget cuts of 18 percent.

The students also had to overcome negative influences like drugs, gangs and violence in their community.


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