LAUSD officials are highlighting this Thursday’s graduation at Fremont High School, a year after the district reconstituted the school.
Two years ago, Fremont High was lurking at the bottom of performance ratings when L.A. Unified forced all of the high school's employees to reapply for their jobs.
"Fremont High School would take in about 1,700 people in their freshman year and four years later they’d graduate 300 or less," said Marqueece Harris-Dawson. Harris-Dawson is president of the Community Coalition, an organization which recruited outside groups to help boost the graduation rate.
"There are labor unions that are looking at Fremont High School for a possible career-to-work academy," Harris-Dawson said, "as well as being able to win investment from foundations, Bill and Melinda Gates, the California Endowment and others."
This year, Fremont will graduate 750 students. Harris-Dawson says tens of millions of dollars have been invested in the school, and the work’s not over — a campus health clinic is expected to open late this year.