Media Advisory / Mycroschool Gainesville Celebrates its First Graduating Class on June 1

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MYcroSchool Gainesville is a new local charter high school that fights the dropout crisis by providing students a second chance to get ready for college and careers. Their inaugural graduation ceremony will be held at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center at 2:00 p.m. on June 1.

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MYcroSchool Gainesville is the first of its kind in Florida. Two new MYcroSchool campuses will open in Jacksonville and St. Petersburg this fall.

One new Florida high school will celebrate the graduation of students who may not have been expected to graduate earlier this year. MYcroSchool Gainesville, a public school focused on dropout recovery, will hold its first high school graduation ceremony on June 1.

Approximately 30 students will walk across the stage to receive their diploma. Many of these students were behind in credits when they enrolled in MYcroSchool; nearly all were out-of-school or at-risk of dropping out. Some will be the first in their family to graduate from high school.

The dropout crisis affects Florida. One in four students will drop out of high school, and a student drops out of school every 26 seconds. According to the Alliance for Excellent Education about 83,500 students Florida students did not graduate on-time in 2011. The lost lifetime earnings for that class of dropouts alone total $9.5 billion. Dropouts are more likely to be unemployed, living in poverty, incarcerated, unhealthy and single parents.

Principal Randy Starling praised the progress of graduates, staff, and the school: “MYcroSchool has definitely made an impact in the lives of many students, graduates and non graduates. I feel that teachers and staff have learned as much as the students have this year.”

The school is designed to add value and meet the needs of Gainesville. As a school that serves the most at-risk students, Principal Starling commented, “We have definitely been noticed by the Gainesville community. We started off the year with some community apprehension but the school and students have for the most part won the community over.”

Friday, June 1, 2012, at 2:00 p.m.

Hilton University of Florida Conference Center
1714 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, FL, 32607

Principal Randy Starling, randy.starling(at)mycroschool(dot)org or 352.379.2902

About MycroSchool Gainesville
MYcroSchool Gainesville was designed to serve students who need to get back on-track to graduation and ready for college and career. The tuition-free public charter school is more flexible than traditional schools to help more students attend high school while balancing employment, family responsibilities, or vocational training. MYcroSchool meets with each enrolled student and personalizes a high school program to understand the student’s academic history and create a plan to meet the individual student’s academic needs and help them achieve their goals. Two new MYcroSchool campuses in Jacksonville and St. Petersburg will open in Fall 2012. More information at

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