BY MARCIA MOXAM COMRIE
The York Early College Academy Class of 2016 will take place on June 17, in the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College at 2:00 p.m. The valedictorian is Saudia Karimbaksh.
The academic achievements of the graduating class of 2016 are also very impressive. Seventy-nine of the 2016 YECA graduating students earned between four and 67 college credits. The highest GPA from the 2016 cohort is 3.981.
As of June 2, 2016, 96.20 percent of the seniors have committed to the college, they will attend next fall.
Thanks to CUNY recruitment efforts, 63 seniors will be attending a CUNY College, with five seniors attending York College. Eight students will be attending a SUNY institution and four students will be attending an out-of-state or private institution. The YECA principal is Noah Angeles.
YECA is one of the several Early College Secondary School partnership programs between the City University of New York (CUNY) and the New York City Department of Education. The Early College Initiative at CUNY is also a part of the Early College High School Initiative, a nationwide project sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The sixth through eighth grade students participate in a specially designed College Readiness program, designed to prepare them to take college classes beginning in grade nine. Ninth through twelfth grade YECA students enroll in York College’s general education coursework. Most or all of this coursework is transferable within CUNY Colleges and at other institutions of higher education. Coursework is offered during the fall and spring academic semester, as well as during summer session and January intercession.
YECA opened in fall 2006, with 81 sixth-graders and added a grade each year, growing to a full sixth through twelfth grade school, currently serving 618 students. Middle and high school students residing in District 28 are eligible to apply to YECA for admission to its sixth grade class. Annually, more than 900 applications are received. Ninety-four students were admitted this year to YECA’s sixth grade classes through a lottery system.