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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Epilogue: What Happened to the YES Prep Class of 2010

At the Senior Signing ceremony, members of YES Prep North Central's first graduating class reveal their college choices.
By Grace Rubenstein

For students, families, and teachers at a cluster of Houston charter schools, Senior Signing Day is the most anticipated event in an entire middle- and high-school career. It's the culmination of seven years of staying at school for long hours, working and studying on evenings and weekends, and aiming all the while to beat the odds for low-income students entering and graduating from college.

On April 30, 2010, YES Prep Public Schools held this annual ceremony. With more than 5,000 in attendance, the graduating seniors from the Southeast and North Central campuses announced where they planned to attend college in the fall and -- with their families beside them -- signed their matriculation letters. The North Central students were the first graduating class from their campus. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered the keynote address.

Video produced by YES Prep North Central media teacher Craig Brandenburg.