Entire senior class at D.C.'s Ballou High School applies to college for first time

Photo of students in class at Ballou High School in Southeast D.C., Monday, March 6, 2017 (ABC7 photo)

The entire senior class at Ballou High School in Southeast Washington has applied for college for the first time.

AVID's the name of the college prep classes at Ballou High School. Because of classes like this and a school wide college push, something unusual happened at this inner city school.

"We have 189 seniors and this time 100 percent of them have applied to schools and we're just waiting for acceptance letters to roll in," says Ballou Principal Yetunde Reeves.

Several seniors at the school have already received acceptance letters. One student told ABC7 News' Sam Ford he's been accepted to five schools, while another says he's received 11 acceptance letters already.

Ballou school officials tell Ford it has sponsored more trips to eastcoast colleges, and the AVID classes are there for every grade level; around 100 additional Ballou juniors took the SAT this year compared to 2016.

"I think the major story we're getting from this is that it's not just this one class, it's the entire building that's shifting toward college," says Ballou Vice Principal Shamele Straughter.

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