Parents, teachers and boosters cheered the 72 members of the first graduating class of East College Prep on June 9.
“We’re here to celebrate the Class of 2019—our first babies,” said Drew Goltermann, the school’s founding principal.
East College Prep is the second of five high schools founded by USC Rossier and operated by Ednovate. The school’s doors opened in 2015, but construction at the permanent site on North Mission Road began only this past February, with the ribbon-cutting still to come early next year.
Each member of East College Prep’s first graduating class received an admissions offer from at least one four-year college—matching the record set by Ednovate sister school USC Hybrid High.
“In a city where only 50 percent of high schoolers are even eligible for college applications, you proved that your ZIP code does not determine your destiny,” Goltermann said. “You have set a precedent for the Spartans that will come after you. You have modeled for your community what success looks like.”