It is no secret that the era of charter schools is not a long one, the first ever school having been found in 1992. Now, roughly 20 years later, the first classes of charter school graduates have officially begun receiving Bachelor’s degrees. Even more interesting, the rate at which these charter students are graduating is much higher than any other average rate of graduation, especially within the ranks of low-income students, charter schools primary applicants.
In the past, students were able to acquire not only jobs, but lifelong careers with only a high school degree. However, this is no longer the case. Today, the best thing one can hope to receive with only a high school degree is an acceptance letter to a college or university. As stated by Emmeline Zhao, a writer for The 74, “College is the new high school.” This being said, the vast network of charter schools across the nation took it upon themselves, not long after being founded, to prepare their students not only for things such as SAT’s or AP Exams, but also prepare them for whatever their future holds, in many cases, higher education.
Charter schools have been known to not only provide students with a very well-rounded education, but also, provide them with the skills and tools they will need far along into their futures; college success being one of very high importance. With the countless college and career seminars, events, and workshops, students are gradually steered towards a path of success.