A Remarkable Success Story of a Los Angeles High School in Graduating High-Achieving Black Students

View Park Preparatory High School in Los Angeles, California, is a public charter school that was founded in 2003. The goal was to create an alternative school with high academic standards where students who wanted a challenging learning environment could attend school without fear of gangs, violence, and other distractions.

The all-black charter school recently held its second graduation ceremony. In an area where more than half of all black students drop out before receiving their high school diploma, all 67 students who entered the school in ninth grade four years ago graduated, and all 67 students were accepted to college. Eleven of the 67 graduates were admitted to the University of California at Berkeley and seven will enroll at UCLA.

This is the second year in a row where all graduates of the charter high school were admitted to college.