• HOPE Christian seniors earn 100 percent college acceptance

    • HOPE Christian seniors earn 100 percent college acceptance
    • Milwaukee Community Journal
    • May 20, 2013

    HOPE Christian High School has set an excellent example of education that is making a significant difference in the lives of Milwaukee’s young men and women.

    For the second consecutive year, 100 percent of HOPE’s three-dozen graduating seniors have been accepted to a four-year college or university. The school is located in the Harambee neighborhood on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive.

    “At HOPE, college is not a dream, it’s a reality,” said senior Teaomnmi Wright.

    “Before I went to HOPE, I hadn’t planned to go to college,” Wright said. “Now, being the first in my family to graduate from college is a main priority of mine. I have to do it so that I can set an example for everyone who looks up to me.”

    Students at HOPE say they have found a different sort of peer pressure than many high schools offer.

    “At our school, it’s cool to get good grades and to want to go to college,” senior Taylor Brown said. “We work hard, and we encourage each other to do our best.”

    The Department of Public Instruction reports that only about 60 percent of Wisconsin seniors take the ACT, a standardized test for college admissions, but that is not the picture at HOPE. Here, all of the seniors took the test, and photos of the 2013 seniors holding college acceptance letters literally cover an entire “Wall of Acceptance” outside the main office.

    “These young men and women from HOPE High are proving what is possible for students,” said Patricia Pattillo, publisher of the Milwaukee Community Journal. “We couldn’t be more proud of them and their accomplishments.”

    HOPE plans to celebrate the achievements of their senior scholars with a special “Signing Day” assembly on Friday, May 31. Similar to the concept of Signing Day for athletes, HOPE seniors will undergo a rite of passage when they announce where they have chosen to attend college in front of their families, schoolmates, faculty and community supporters.

    “We are hosting this event to surround our seniors with love and support as they prepare to head to college in the fall,” said Principal Zach Verriden. “As a team and family, we also want to reinforce with our younger students that college is the expectation, not the exception.”

    HOPE Christian High School is part of HOPE Christian Schools, a network of four schools serving more than 1,200 students in four-year-old kindergarten through 12th grade on Milwaukee’s North Side. Nearly 100 percent of HOPE students participate in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.

    HOPE students typically come from low-income families, and most students arrive at school at least two grades behind, according to school administrators.

    “Those statistics are just a number,” Verriden said. “They do not define our students. HOPE seniors will leave here empowered with the knowledge, skills and character necessary to succeed in college and to become inspirations for their families, leaders in the community and successes in the workplace.”

    HOPE Christian High School seniors from the class of 2013 have been accepted to nearly 70 colleges and universities, and they have amassed more than $1 million in scholarships and grants. Below is a list of colleges to which members of the class of 2013 have been accepted.

    Alabama A&M University

    Alcorn State University

    Alverno College

    Art Institute of Wisconsin

    Barton College

    Bethany Lutheran College

    Bryant and Stratton College

    Cardinal Stritch University

    Carthage College

    Central State University

    Clark Atlanta University

    Concordia University, Saint Paul

    Concordia University Wisconsin

    Cornerstone University

    Edgewood College

    George Williams College

    Grace College

    Illinois Valley Community College

    Indiana State University

    Iowa State University

    ITT Technical College

    Jackson State University

    Kentucky State University

    Lakeland College

    Lane College

    Lewis University

    Liberty University

    Loyola University

    Marquette University

    Milwaukee Area Technical College

    Minnesota State University-Moorhead

    Mount Mary College

    Northcentral Technical College

    Northern Arizona University

    Northern Illinois University

    Northland Community and Technical College

    Olivet Nazarene University

    Potomac State College

    Ridgewater College

    Rochester Community College

    Saint Catherine University

    Saint Xavier University

    Silver Lake College

    Southern Illinois University

    Southwest Minnesota State University

    St. Cloud State University

    University of Arizona

    University of Dubuque

    University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

    University of Sioux Falls

    University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County

    University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac

    University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc

    University of Wisconsin-Marinette

    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

    University of Wisconsin-Parkside

    University of Wisconsin-Richland

    University of Wisconsin-Rock County

    University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan

    University of Wisconsin-Washington County

    University of Wisconsin-Waukesha

    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

    West Virginia University

    Wisconsin Lutheran College

    Xavier University-Louisiana