Weekly roundup: Samueli Academy’s first commencement, state to release school funds and more

With a focus on foster youth and low-income families, Samueli Academy began life in portable classroom buildings after being granted a charter by the Orange County Department of Education.

Four years later, the school has a state-of-the-art campus — and it’s now hosted its first-ever commencement ceremony, honoring nearly 120 graduating seniors Monday at the Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa.

News printAnd there’s more to celebrate. As the Orange County Register reported, the public charter school boasts a 98 percent graduation rate, and 97 percent of students in the Class of 2017 are headed to college.

“Before coming to Samueli, I didn’t think I would go to college,” one graduate told the Register.

Without further pomp and circumstance, here are some other education news stories from the week:

  • For nearly 300 Los Amigos High School students, attending this year’s prom meant riding the Metrolink rails to Union Station in Los Angeles.
  • OCDE and the Los Angeles County Office of Education are joining forces to host a year-long civics institute aimed at equipping K-12 teachers with strategies to build civic knowledge and awareness.
  • Speaking of Orange, five Orange High seniors have earned Simon STEM scholarships that will cover their tuition and housing at Chapman University while they pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and math.
That’s all for now. For more education news stories, visit news.ocde.us.