Lawndale charter school in running for Obama commencement contest

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Environmental Charter High School is a public charter high school that serves Lawndale, Calif., and surrounding communities in Los Angeles.

Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale has made the final cut in a competition for President Obama to deliver the school’s commencement address. KPCC’s Brian Watt says online voting begins on Monday.

Environmental Charter beat out more than a thousand high schools nationwide to land among six finalists in the Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge. The students submitted a video and essays about how their 10-year-old campus excels at educating a college and career-ready generation.

Its stats tell the story: Environmental Charter’s founder says four-year colleges accepted 95 percent of the school’s graduating seniors last year.

Starting at 5 a.m. on Monday at the public may weigh in by reviewing and rating a three-minute video and short essay from each of the finalist six high schools.

President Obama will select the national winner from the three high schools with the highest average ratings. Voting closes on Thursday night.

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