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Mayor Spano Presents Roosevelt High School Early College Studies with School of the Month Award for October 2019

Post Date:11/15/2019 10:38 AM

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YONKERS, NY – November 14, 2019 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today joined Yonkers Board of Education President, Rev. Steve Lopez and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada to present the School of the Month Award for October 2019 to the deserving administration, faculty, staff, parents and students at Roosevelt High School Early College Studies. Under the leadership of Principal Edward DeChent, Roosevelt High School Early College Studies is achieving great success with its rising graduation rate and supportive college degree program. 

“Roosevelt High School Early College Studies has clearly placed a strong focus on the overall quality of education given to our students, “said Mayor Spano. “Improvement at any school starts at the top, and I would like to commend Principal DeChent, as well as the administrators, teachers and staff for their continued investment in our students.”

The school’s rising graduation rate can be attributed to Roosevelt’s Smart Scholars Early College High School Program which provides students with the opportunity and preparation to accelerate the completion of their high school studies while earning between 24 to 60 transferable college credits at the same time. This program serves to increase high school graduation and college completion rates, while reducing student tuition costs as a result of the compressed time required to earn a college degree.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, Roosevelt High School Early College Studies’ students in grades 9-12 have accumulated 2,322 college credits, which is a 44% increase from the previous academic year.

Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools said, “The magnificent work at Roosevelt is accomplished because of their unified belief that all students can achieve at high levels. Guided by Principal Ed DeChent, the administrators, faculty and staff respect and embrace the school’s diverse students and families.  It is this commitment to offer access and opportunities to every member of the school’s learning community that results in improved student achievement and outstanding graduation rates.”

Board of Education President Rev. Steve Lopez added, “The Trustees and I commend Principal DeChent and the entire staff for the work they have accomplished at Roosevelt.  The school has undergone an amazing transformation in the last few years; a completely refurbished auditorium, a new turf athletic field, and renovations throughout the school.  The physical transformation aligned with hard work by the students and increased involvement by families is producing great results.”  

Mayor Spano’s School of the Month recognition program began in January 2014 as a way to celebrate the significant academic success, extracurricular achievements and community volunteerism of Yonkers’ students, teachers, administration and staff at Yonkers Public Schools.