Class of 2011 Graduates from Ballou Senior High Receive Close to $5M in Scholarships and Grants |
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This event comes to us from Ruth T. Jones:
In 2006, Ballou Senior High School was identified as a "dropout factory" by the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education because less than 60 percent of all entering freshman graduated within four years with a high school diploma and less than 27 percent went to college. Four years later, the school has changed its image by increasing high school graduation and college access rates by focusing on the core of all effective schools – teaching and learning. With the help of public and private partners, graduating seniors from the school have benefitted from the turnaround approach and will also receive close to $5M in scholarships and grants this year to attend college. According to the principal, Rahman Branch, “this progress is possible as a result of the generosity of individuals and organizations that have and will continue to believe in the possibility of a New Ballou. A contribution of $600,000 from an anonymous donor to start a scholarship program for our students was also critical to the school's transformation.”
The community is invited to join a distinct group of scholarship recipients from the school on Wednesday, June 22, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., for the Second Annual Graduation Party hosted by Alston & Bird and the Friends of Ballou.
The event will take place at the Law Office of Alston & Bird; 950 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004.