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More than 70 percent of SLHS graduating class is enrolled in postsecondary education

More than 70 percent of San Luis High School’s graduating class of 2018 is enrolled in a postsecondary education institute, according to data from the school’s guidance department.

San Luis High had 560 graduates for the 2017-18 school year, including summer school attendees, which was the largest class in Yuma Union High School District. Three-hundred-ninety-five of those students will attend a college, university or vocational school.

“Last year’s graduating class is a perfect example of our overall commitment to college and career readiness at San Luis High School,” SLHS Principal Tammy Ray. “We would be remiss to not mention that this was our ‘GEAR UP’ cohort and we would like to, moving forward, replicate what we did working with that partner. They were a great beacon for helping students reach their educational goals after high school.”

Arizona Western College has 306 students enrolled from the SLHS class of 2018, while Arizona State University has 49 and the University of Arizona has 21. Other colleges and universities in which former SLHS students are enrolled for 2018-19 include: Johns Hopkins University, Norther Arizona University and San Diego State University. In addition to the aforementioned 395 students, seven students enlisted in the Marine Corps, four in the Army and one in the Coast Guard.

San Luis High School students were also awarded $7,908,726 in financial aid.

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a discretionary grant program, through the U.S. Department of Education, designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students.

Eric Patten
epatten@yumaunion.org