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Six USC Hybrid High students among admits to USC’s Class of 2020

Charter school celebrating 100% college acceptance rate for senior class

By Mike Branom

Students from USC Hybrid High seek to use their diplomas and their future college degrees to make a positive multigenerational change.

Students from USC Hybrid High seek to use their diplomas and their future college degrees to make a positive multigenerational change.

The founding of USC Hybrid High School four years ago by USC Rossier and its partner, Ednovate Inc., helped foster a strong bond between the high school students and the University of Southern California.

Now the ties are about to grow exponentially stronger.

Members of USC Hybrid High’s inaugural senior class recently started receiving acceptances from their preferred colleges, and six students have gained admission to USC.

They also represent more than 7 percent of Hybrid High’s student body, a remarkable accomplishment for an urban high school in its first year finding suitable academic destinations for its graduates, many of whom will be the first in their families to attend college. Ednovate Inc., the charter management organization that oversees USC Hybrid High, was designed and developed by USC Rossier.

USC Hybrid High weaves college preparation throughout the school environment, but principal Mide “Mr. Mac” Macaulay also credits college counselor Takirah Crenshaw for the support Hybrid High has provided its students throughout the college application process.

“When I first brought her on, I shared my vision for the department, but I had absolutely no idea that she would take that vision and create something even grander,” Macaulay said. “Her tireless efforts, compassion and advocacy have touched and impacted every single one of our students in this first graduating class.”

Crenshaw reports that all 85 seniors have now received college acceptances, collectively earning nearly 440 acceptances to 98 different schools. And accompanying those offers is $4.8 million in scholarships over four years.

Takirah Crenshaw advises a student at USC Hybrid High School.

Takirah Crenshaw advises a student at USC Hybrid High School.

Crenshaw wants the six students to know this was earned and not due to the affiliation between the schools.

“I really hope they realize how amazing they are,” Crenshaw said. “Their hard work and accomplishments got them to this point.”

One of the admits, Pamela Joya, has a mother who works at USC, so she is familiar with the Trojan Family.

Crenshaw noted USC was considered a “reach” school for Joya, “but she put so much thought and effort into her application, she sought out feedback from her mentors and made a lot of adjustments along the way—and it worked!”

USC, in all, granted 8,920 acceptances to an applicant pool of 54,100.

Across the city, two more Hybrid High seniors—Arlene Francia and Angeles Medina—stood out in a crowd by landing acceptances to UCLA; Crenshaw said USC’s crosstown rival had more than 97,000 applicants.

Other acceptance highlights include Juan Castro, who earned Hybrid High’s first full scholarship to an Ivy League institution (University of Pennsylvania); Gabriel Ugarte will be attending Kalamazoo College after being named a Posse Scholar; and Ama Amen Jackson El was accepted to two of the nation’s top arts colleges: The California Institute of the Arts and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Macaulay adds, “Takirah has set a high bar for future college counselors and she has laid a solid foundation that will continue to guarantee the success of future USC Hybrid High Trojans.”