MILWAUKEE, WIS. — “Three-peat” is a well-known term honoring three consecutive championships in a sport. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “three-peat” and even “four-peat.” It has yet to define five-peat, likely because it is a rare occurrence in sports. The scholars at HOPE Christian High School have achieved a five-peat with lasting impact: For the fifth consecutive year, 100 percent of HOPE’s graduating seniors have been accepted to college.
To date, the 38 seniors scheduled to graduate in June 2016 have received 94 college acceptance letters. That number is expected to increase as graduation approaches, along with the scholarship and financial aid dollars awarded to these students.
“For five years in a row, our students have proven what’s possible for all children in the city of Milwaukee,” says Tom Schalmo, principal of HOPE Christian High School. “Through their hard work and teachers holding them to a high bar, our seniors have shown that college is attainable for every student in this community regardless of background.”
HOPE Christian High School offers a comprehensive college preparatory program designed to ensure that all graduating students are prepared to attend and be successful in a post-secondary school. The program includes a curriculum aligned to the ACT College Readiness Standards, data-driven academic results and college seminar courses. As a result of this rigorous preparation, the current seniors have attained an average ACT score that outperforms the city, state and national averages for African American students.
Senior scholars will celebrate this milestone at HOPE Christian High School’s Senior Signing Day on Friday, May 27. Similar to the typical signing day for athletes, this event will give each HOPE senior the opportunity to announce the college of their choice in front of their families, peers, faculty, and community supporters. Invitations to the 2016 Senior Signing Day will be issued as the date approaches and details are finalized.
HOPE Christian High School is part of HOPE Christian Schools, a network of seven schools serving nearly 2,000 students in Milwaukee and Racine. Schools in the HOPE network focus on “3 Cs” – Christ, College and Character. HOPE scholars in K4-12th grades receive a values-based education that develops knowledge and cultivates character – the fundamental traits they need to become inspirations to their families, leaders in their communities, and successes in the workplace. For more information, visit www.hopeschools.org.