In June, Charlotte’s Sugar Creek High School, a high-poverty, all-minority school, will graduate its first senior class. Of the 30 seniors, all have been accepted by at least one four-year college. Three were accepted for early admission at UNC-Chapel Hill. Most of these students will be the first person from their families to attend college.
Public education examples such as this prove that a student from a low-income family can achieve academic success equal to that of his middle-class peers.
In North Carolina, Henderson Collegiate Prep, a charter school that has adopted the instructional model of New York/New Jersey’s extraordinarily successful “Uncommon Schools,” has 1,000 students in grades K-12. Despite the fact that 95 percent of these students qualify as “economically disadvantaged,” 89 percent test at or above grade level on year-end tests, placing Henderson Collegiate among the highest performing public schools in North Carolina.

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