In Struggling Bronx Community, Entire Senior Class Goes To College

Sixty-four.

That’s the size of the 2016 graduating senior class at the Theatre Arts Production High School.

It’s also the number of graduates who will be attending college next fall.

In what the community is calling a moment to “beam with pride,” the entire senior class will attend college for the first time in recent memory, a feat that is unheard-of in most schools and especially impressive in this once-struggling section of the Bronx neighborhood in New York City.

As PIX 11 News reports, the graduation rate in the neighborhood as a whole is just 60 percent. At TAPCO, as the school is abbreviated, the stress of community involvement has made their graduation rate rise recently to 77 percent.

And thanks to community support, all graduating seniors will get help in paying for college.

PIX 11 News reports:

“It’s been a very welcoming experience for me,” salutatorian Allen Deleon told PIX11. “I just love the people and environment. It’s like my second home.”

Due to that sense of community and achievement, these graduates were offered $5.5 million dollars in grants and scholarships to an impressive array of colleges and universities, making the families and the faculty so proud.

As school principle Ron Link said, the key to success is the collective work of the entire school.

“It’s the parents, teachers, staff members, all the way down to the cafeteria workers and custodians,” he said.

Which means, at the end of the day, it’s all about community.

Head over to PIX 11 News for the full story.