Oakland Charter High School Class of 2017 Graduates Take The Stage - Over $500,000 Awarded in Scholarship, 98% Attending College In Fall
OAKLAND, CA — On June 9, 2017, Oakland Charter High School held its Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center. This is their seventh graduating class with 77 graduating seniors.
Oakland Charter High School is a Title I school in the East Bay where 80% of their student population qualify for free or reduced lunch. They are located in downtown Oakland, but will be moving to a new campus located at Patten University in the fall. Each year, they serve over 550 students.
“Our seniors have worked extremely hard this year and we are so proud of them," says Sam Pasarow, site director at Oakland Charter High School. “We look forward to seeing all that they will accomplish in the future.”
Of their graduating class, 90% will be attending a four-year university in the fall and 8% will be going to a community college. As a class, they were accepted to over 57 colleges and universities throughout the nation.
Anthony Ortega, a senior at Oakland Charter High School, was also the first in the history of his school to be accepted into Columbia University. He will be moving to New York and attending classes in the fall.
“Seeing them walk across the stage to receive their diploma was a surreal moment,” says Sylvia Flores, dean of students at Oakland Charter High School. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with these kids since they were freshman and to see them heading off to college is a proud moment.”
More than $500,000 in scholarships was awarded to the Oakland Charter High School Class of 2017 to help them in the pursuit of higher education.
“From the beginning of the year, we do everything in our power to help our students know what scholarships are available to them and help them throughout the application process,” says Flores.
Veronica Lara Zermeno, a senior at Oakland Charter High School was awarded an $180,000 scholarship from the San Francisco Marines Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. She will be pursuing a future as a Marine Officer.
“I’m doing this for my parents, I’m doing this for Oakland, I’m doing this for all of the low-income and immigrant children,” says Zermeno. “I want to join the Marine Corps because it’s the branch that fits me best and I fit best here.”
Learn more about Oakland Charter High School by visiting their website at www.AmethodSchools.org/OCHS.
Amethod Public Schools is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation, founded in Oakland, CA in 1993. They oversee six public charter schools in Oakland and Richmond including Oakland Charter High School, Oakland Charter Academy, Downtown Charter Academy, John Henry High School, Richmond Charter Academy, and Benito Juarez Elementary. The AMPS network flagship school, Oakland Charter Academy, is the oldest charter school in the City of Oakland, and was the twelfth school chartered in the state of California. For more information, visit amethodschools.org.