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Parents Experience the Rigor and Innovation of Compton Early College
By Sentinel News Service
Published October 28, 2015
CUSD Board of Trustees President Micah Ali and Vice-President Satra Zurita (holding scissors together) officially welcome the community into Compton Early College, Saturday, October 24, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in celebration of the school's recent opening. They are joined by Principal Mattie Robertson (left), Board Members Charles Davis (back row, center), Margie Garrett (second row, third from the right), and Mae Thomas (second from the right); as well as Keith Curry, Chief Executive Officer, El Camino College Compton Center (on Davis' right). Caption: Parent Lee Trimble (left) visited his son Reginald's (center) English Language Arts class where he met with instructor Mona Walker (right) and participated in an analytical writing exercise.

CUSD Board of Trustees President Micah Ali and Vice-President Satra Zurita (holding scissors together) officially welcome the community into Compton Early College, Saturday, October 24, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in celebration of the school’s recent opening. They are joined by Principal Mattie Robertson (left), Board Members Charles Davis (back row, center), Margie Garrett (second row, third from the right), and Mae Thomas (second from the right); as well as Keith Curry, Chief Executive Officer, El Camino College Compton Center (on Davis’ right). Courtesy Photo

In celebration of its recent opening, Compton Early College High School welcomed the community inside its classrooms on Saturday, October 24, to learn first-hand how its students are being prepared for success in college.
Parents had the opportunity to meet with instructors and experience the academic rigor their children are exposed to as they work their way towards AA degrees and college credits before graduating high school.
Parent Lee Trimble visited his son Reginald’s English Language Arts class where he met with instructor Mona Walker and participated in an analytical writing exercise.

“We moved out here in the summer and we looked for schools in the area and heard about the early college. My son had excelled in his academics in Orange County but Compton Early College maximizes his potential,” he said. “My son just received his report card. He’s still excelling but it has been challenging for him. I really appreciate this program.”

Parents Rosa and Carlos Enciso sat in instructor Kimberly Ponce’s Human Geography course for an interactive lesson using laptop computers.

Caption: Parent Lee Trimble (left) visited his son Reginald's (center) English Language Arts class where he met with instructor Mona Walker (right) and participated in an analytical writing exercise.

Caption: Parent Lee Trimble (left) visited his son Reginald’s (center) English Language Arts class where he met with instructor Mona Walker (right) and participated in an analytical writing exercise. Courtesy Photo

They said they enjoyed interacting with their daughter’s instructors and experiencing the curriculum Compton Early College offers.

“I think it’s a good opportunity for our daughter to earn her AA degree and high school diploma all at once. We know it’s challenging but she’s doing a good job,” Rosa said. “It’s great being here in the classroom, seeing what she does every day. We are glad the school and teachers were able to invite us on a Saturday to get real insight into what happens in the classroom.”

Carlos said he is a regular at the school and is very involved in his daughter’s education.

“I come here often to talk to the teachers to see what’s going on in class. This school is a great opportunity for students and I hope it helps my daughter become someone in the future,” he said.

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