Graduates from Roosevelt (top) and Benson Polytechnic (bottom) high schools hold their diplomas and sport Escalera stolls.
Latino Network is proud to announce 100% of our Escalera seniors graduated from high school in June! Congratulations!
Our high school programs promote positive cultural identity and academic success in students’ academic journey and beyond. Escalera focuses on creating a supportive academic and social community for juniors and seniors to help them graduate and focus on their futures. Each cohort ranges between 20 to 25 students, and all students develop deep friendships and a sense of community throughout the two-year program.
We asked Santos Herrera – our School Based Programs Manager – if he wanted to personally congratulate the grads. Here’s what he had to say:
"Graduating from high school was not a dream come true. It was a goal you achieved. Every homework assignment, every quiz, every test, every group project was a step toward your goal. I want you to take a moment to acknowledge that I did not write a single scholarship essay for you or took a single quiz or test for you. You did it, and that is why your name is on the diploma.
You may not be 100 percent sure about what is coming next in life, but one thing you can be sure of, and that is you have the tools to find the answers you need. Ask for help. Take risks. Take the time to get to know people. You and I did not know each other when we began this journey, during your junior year, and through meeting twice a week, we were able to build trust and comfort in one another.
I promised you my very best, and you returned the favor. Do not be afraid to replicate that with people you meet on your way to the future. I love all of you and want you to know I am proud of you. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life."
We couldn’t be more proud of you grads! We can’t wait to see what’s in store for your bright futures!
Escalera 2015-2016 By the Numbers:
44 seniors enrolled
100% graduation rate
43 enrolled in college
1 enrolled in Electrician Apprenticeship program
3 schools: Madison, Benson Polytechnic, and Roosevelt High School