Are you wondering if the title to this post is accurate? 100% of students at a Denver high school accepted into college? It's true. Denver School of Science and Technology is graduating their first senior class and all of them have been accepted into college! This with 40% of their students coming from lower-income families and 60% are minorities.
Lest anyone think DSST accomplished this because of some silver bullet, they didn't. It was simply lots of hard work by both the faculty and the students. When many of the students entered DSST as freshmen, they were multiple grade levels behind in the core subjects. They had to attend summer school and put in long hours in order to earn their right to attend college.
For about half of these students, they will be the first in their family to attend college. The possibilities for these students are endless! Not just because of their academic accomplishments, but because they have learned skills through hard work and perseverence that will serve them the rest of their lives.
For a great editorial on DSST, read today's Denver Post at http://www.denverpost.com/editorials/ci_8868539
Late addition: DSST is on the cover of the Rocky Mountain News at http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/apr/11/79-seniors-79-bound-for-college-this-fall/