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All Oakland Unity High School Graduates are College Bound

Posted June 5, 2006 12:15 am (about 4931 days ago)

Read about some of the accomplishments of our school in East Oakland.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:

Jane Searight
(510) 635-7170
jsearight@unityhigh.org

All Oakland Unity High School Graduates are College Bound

Oakland, CA — June 1, 2006 — Oakland Unity High School will hold its first graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 8, 12:30-2:30, at the Regents Theater, Holy Names University,

Oakland. The 31 graduates of the class of 2006 will all attend colleges in Fall 2006. Of these, 23 (74%) have been accepted by four-year colleges and the other 8 plan to attend community colleges.

Unity, opened in September 2003, is a charter high school located in the Millsmont area of Oakland. The school serves students citywide, but draws most of its students from the “flatland” neighborhoods of East Oakland, which are among the poorest in the city. Of the 210 students attending Unity for the current school year, 67% are Latino, 28% African American, 4% American Indian, and 1% other. 90% of the students qualify for the free and reduced-price lunch program, over 50% are from immigrant families where the home language is not English, and 12% are newcomers (less than three years) to the U.S. still learning English.In the face of these challenges, Unity High is making strides to help its students prepare for life after high school and gain college admission.

Mandy Bratt, chair of the school’s board of directors, attributes the school’s success to the “dedicated and caring staff,” who provide extensive support services to students: a strong advisory program, after school tutoring, summer programs, personal counseling, mentoring, test preparation, college visits, and assistance with admission and financial aid applications. Karla Martinez, a senior who will enter UC Davis’ Honor Challenge Program in September, said: “I was not thinking about college at the beginning but my teachers really care about my education and they are constantly telling me about opportunities, scholarships, college and how I can improve. The college visits really got me thinking about my future. Like my teachers said, I need to break the cycle of Latinos and African Americans being left behind. I will attend college and be a professional interior designer.”

To enroll, please call (510) 635-7170.

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