One school is demanding kids don’t just make it to the end of their senior year—they have to cross the stage, diploma in hand. According to NBC News, College Institute for Math and Science in the Bronx, New York has told student there will be no prom unless every last student graduates.
What Principal Shadia Alvarez is doing is a big deal. Only seven schools in New York City reported a graduation rate of 100 percent last year. All of those schools were schools with special enrollment requirements. At the time of this writing, College Institute is on track to graduate 90 percent of its seniors, which is much higher than the 66 percent city average. But for Principal Alvarez, this isn’t enough. The principal has gone as far as hanging posters on the walls near her office which ask students, “Will there be a senior prom? How will you make it happen?” When NBC News called to verify that the posters existed, Principal Alvarez’s spokesman declined to comment.
How would you feel if your child’s school had this kind of rule.