Compton Early College High School Students Have Sights Set on Academic Achievement

Compton students now have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and receive college credits at the same time – tuition free. El Camino College Compton Center and the Compton Unified School District have partnered to establish a new Compton Early College High School, which opened this fall with 120 students.

Compton Early College High School students take two college classes per academic year with college-level courses also offered during the summer. One of only a few Early College High Schools in the Los Angeles area, the program boasts impressive graduation and college attendance rates and offers students a chance to complete a college education at a faster pace.

Student Samad Acklin spoke at a recent Compton Early College High School grand opening event and shared his goal of graduating from high school with a diploma in four years, while also earning an associate degree equaling two years of college.

“The idea of obtaining an associate degree really appealed to me because I am an aspiring doctor and it will be great to have that head start,” said Acklin. “The establishment of Early College High School means that my two younger brothers will receive the same opportunities as I did. To me, Compton Early College High School equals success!”

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Samad Acklin

Acklin’s classmate Ana Gonzalez says her dream is to attend Stanford University. She plans to study law or environmental economics. In her spare time she likes to read and often volunteers to help tutor other students.

“I enrolled in Compton Early College High School because I thought it was a great opportunity for me to get an associate degree while also earning my high school diploma,” said Gonzalez. “And, I will save a lot of money for my family at the same time!”

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Ana Gonzalez

For more information about the new Early College High School program in Compton, please contact: Office of JaMaiia Bond, Senior Director of CUSD Education Services 310-639-4321, ext. 55253

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