Thursday, May 7, 2015

Summit’s Celebrates Over 99% of Graduating Seniors Accepted to a 4-Year University on National College Signing Day

Summit Public Schools is thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of our four graduating high school classes, where over 99 percent of seniors have been accepted to at least one four-year college! We are especially excited for our San Jose high schools, Summit Rainier and Summit Tahoma, who will have their first graduating class this year.

On Friday, May 1st seniors from across our high schools shared their college aspirations as part of the White House’s National College Signing Day. As part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher InitiativeSummit's celebration on Friday encouraged all graduating seniors to sign a pledge to invest in their education beyond high school, drive their own learning and success, and become thoughtful, contributing members of society.

Many Summit students overcame strong obstacles to reach this point, with nearly half of our graduating seniors the first in their family to attend college. Sofia Canela Torres, who will graduate from Summit Tahoma, is bound for Mills College this fall. “Even though I will be the first in my family to go to college, I am confident that I will succeed because of all that I learned at Summit, and through everything my teachers at Summit did to prepare me for this next step,” said Torres. “Everyone in my family is so proud of me and we are all so excited for me to start college.”

This year, our students have been accepted to an incredible variety of colleges across the nation. Many have options to stay close to home in California, including all the California State Universities, University of California Berkeley, Santa Barbara, and Davis, Santa Clara University, and Stanford University. While others may be headed east to Duke University, Syracuse University, Boston University, or Washington University.

We wish all of our seniors the best of luck as they embark on their college journey. When obstacles appear on this winding path, we know our students will have the skills to preserve through all challenges that come their way!

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