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.
And 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:
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.