One hundred percent of the senior class at Verbum Dei School has been admitted to college! The school is located in one of LA's roughest gang-infested areas known as Watts.
The all-boys school must adhere to a strict business dress code to physically and mentally prepare for the work force. Students attend classes four days a week and work one day a week.
Juan Perez, Jr. is the first in his family to go to college. Accepted to St. John's University in Minnesota, Perez's family is thrilled.
"They always tell me every single day -- since I'm going to be the first person in my family to be going -- they're extremely proud of me," Perez said.
Verbum Dei School is located right next to the Nickerson Gardens housing project, but these students have a determination that overrules their economic situation.
"The key to success for these students is the desire for more," said Martinique Starnes, dean of counseling for Verbum Dei.
"A lot of people think we just do community service for class. We do it -- not for a grade -- but for the community. I think that's what a lot of people don't see," said Daniel Tobar, recently accepted to CSU Dominguez Hills
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