Samantha Ortiz and Anthony Navarro say their success in completing high school is due mostly to three things: Family support, hard work, and their decisions to attend a high school that offered smaller classes and teachers who pushed and believed in them.
Four years ago, at a time when hundreds of students were fleeing Eastside Memorial High School, they ran toward the campus in East Austin. They chose the school despite its dubious distinction of failing to meet state passing standards for multiple years. We certainly have heard and read much about Eastside Memorial’s failures. But Ortiz and Navarro are the other side of that story, displaying Eastside Memorial’s success in situations where other — better ranked — schools failed to help students succeed.
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