Chester, PA (PRWEB) June 20, 2012
When the new school year begins in September 2012, 52.3% of this year’s graduating eighth graders from Chester Community Charter School (CCCS), the largest K-8 charter school in Pennsylvania, will be attending a private or charter high school, or a public high school outside of the Chester Upland School District.
When the school held its graduation ceremony for 176 students, recently, more than 800 parents, guardians and friends of the school were in attendance. This year’s graduating class was CCCS’ largest to date, as the school has seen a dramatic increase in enrollment, as compared to its first middle school graduation, in 2006, which included just 48 students.
Continuing the school’s tradition of preparing its students for the most academically challenging high school programs in Southeast Pennsylvania and Northern Delaware, more than half of this year’s graduates will go on to continue their education at 21 private, charter and out-of-district high schools, including, Episcopal Academy, Newtown Square, PA; Neumann Goretti, Philadelphia, PA; Ursuline Academy, Wilmington, DE; St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, Philadelphia, PA; Cardinal O’Hara, Springfield, PA; World Communication Charter, Philadelphia, PA; Girl’s High School of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA; Allied Health High School, Chester, PA; Wilmington Friends, Wilmington, DE; St. Mark’s High School, Wilmington, DE; Milton Hershey School, Hershey, PA; New Beginnings Academy, Chester, PA; Concord Christian Academy, Wilmington, DE; Hallahan Catholic Girls High School, Philadelphia, PA; Charter High School for Architecture and Design (CHAD), Philadelphia, PA; Delaware Valley High School, Philadelphia, PA; The School of Science and Discovery, Chester, PA; and Salesianum High School, Wilmington, DE.
Emblematic of the academic achievements of this year’s graduates was class valedictorian Sujeylee Alverez, who was recruited by more than 30 high schools.
In commenting about the students’ success in being recruited by prestigious high school programs, Dr. David Clark, CEO, Chester Community Charter School, said, “I am proud of the academic growth, maturity and educational achievements of every graduating class, but this one in particular, was exceptional. It’s been an especially challenging year to be a student in Chester, Pennsylvania, but when questions about our school’s operation or about our children’s ability to learn are raised, I point nay-sayers to our results, because they speak for themselves.” He continued, “Our graduates are overwhelmingly going on to academically competitive secondary and post-secondary institutions and succeeding on their own terms; and for that I couldn’t be prouder. A huge congratulations to the graduating class of 2012!”
About Chester Community Charter School
Chester Community Charter School opened its doors on September 9, 1998, serving 97 students from its modest four meeting rooms, in the lobby of the Howard Johnson Hotel. Since that time, the school has steadily grown to include more than 3,000 students. http://www.chestercommunitycharter.org.