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Andrew Delgado, 19 Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School Dropped Out: 2010 “The reality is I’ve had to work harder here than anyone ever asked me to work at Clemente. Here, there aren’t excuses for not taking school and being part of this community seriously. But there is a lot of help to get you there.” ANDREW DELGADO Teenage Father Makes Journey From Dropout to Top Student Looking at Andrew Delgado’s profile on paper, few educators would have expected this 19-year-old former dropout to be in contention for valedictorian of the class of 2013. He was a high school dropout at 16, a teenage father to a young son, and someone who thought a ged certificate was the best he could expect for himself. Plus, Delgado’s first encounter with the principal at Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School came when he was thrown out of its graduation ceremony last year. Matthew Rodriguez, the principal of the 150-student Campos school, remembers how Delgado “caused a major disruption” at the event when he and the mother of his son, who was graduating that day, began screaming at one another. “When he came to me later in the summer to apply, I told him, ‘Hell no,’” Rodriguez recalls. But Delgado persisted and wrote an essay that persuaded Rodriguez to give him a chance. Now, nine months later, he’s vying with one other student to finish at the top of the graduating class. He plays on the school basketball team and has A’s and B’s in his courses. He has completed a senior portfolio and applied to six colleges. “If I get this, I’ll be the first student-father to be valedictorian,” Delgado says. He has already enrolled at Malcolm X College in Chicago, where he will work toward an associate degree in criminal justice. Later, Delgado wants to transfer to Monmouth College in northwest Illinois to try for a four- year degree in that field. Located in the heart of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community, Campos has long partnered with the Lolita Lebrón Family Learning Center. The center provides onsite bilingual child-care services for students with young children, as well as parenting classes, familyliteracy workshops, and time built into the school day for student-parents to interact with their children, says Danette Sokacich, the assistant principal at Campos and the director of the family-learning center. And the school puts a heavy emphasis on community building and service, in addition to academics. Urban agriculture and social ecology are major themes, where students engage in project-based learning. After a study showed the surrounding Humboldt Park FROM BELOW: neighborhood to be a “food desert,” with little rciis alibus autent odiscietus access to fresh fruits and vegetables, Campos mincinci aceaquo modinci a few years ago launched an urban agriculture aceaquo modi aceaquo modigen initiative. Through their science, math, and daerum, optatum eossita quiatet molum quam, / t est social science courses, students have created a community-developmentalit fuga. Xerciae pos in corpor plan that led to moloressin natur, optat. / r moloressin r a new, rooftop greenhouse at the school and moloressin r maintain. neighborhood gardens that studentsmoloressin r moloressin r mo Delgado, who still sees his old friends from Roberto Clemente High, says he often fends off assumptions that Campos “isn’t a real school.” rciis alibus autent odiscietus mincinci aceaquo “The reality is, though, that I’ve had to work modinci aceaquo modi aceaquo modigen daerum, harder here than anyone ever asked me to optatum says. “There aren’t work at Clemente,” heeossita quiatet molum quam, / t est alit fuga. Xerciae pos and being part of excuses for not taking school in corpor moloressin natur, optat. / r moloressin r moloressin r moloressin this community seriously. But there is a lot ofr moloressin r moloressin r molci aceaquo modi aceaquo modigen —L.A.M. help to get you there.” daerum, optatum eossita quiatet molum quam, / t est alit fuga. Xerciae pos in corpor moloressin natur, optat. / r moloressin r moloressin r moloressin r moloressin r mo

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Diplomas Count - Issue 34, 2013

Diplomas Count - Issue 34, 2013
Contents
A ‘Neglected’ Population Goes Back to School
Age Can Determine Access To Free Education, Diploma Pathways
State Statistics and Strategies
High School Equivalency Test Gets a Makeover
Reasons to Stay: Tailored Interventions
Online Providers Find a Market In Returning Dropouts
Second-Chance Challenge: Keeping Students in School
A Chicago Charter Network Stanches The Flow of Dropouts
Sound-Engineering Class Hooks Reluctant Student
Teenage Father Makes Journey From Dropout to Top Student
Honor Student Disconnects, Re-engages at CCA
Graduation Rate Approaching Milestone
TABLE: Graduation in the United States
DATA: Detailed Analytic Portrait
TABLE: Graduation Policies For the Class of 2013
Sources and Notes

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