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District officials show off Compton Early College High School

COMPTON — In celebration of its recent opening, Compton Early College High School welcomed the community inside its classrooms, Oct. 24 to learn firsthand how students are being prepared for success in college.

Parents had the opportunity to meet with instructors and experience the academic requirements their children are exposed to as they work their way towards associate degrees and college credits before graduating from 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.

He said he applied his son for Compton Early College because he wants his son to be challenged while also reaching new academic heights.

“We moved out here in the summer and we looked for schools in the area and heard about the early college,” Trimble said. “My son had excelled in his academics in Orange County but Compton Early College maximizes his potential.

“My son just received his report card. He’s still excelling but it has been challenging for him. I really appreciate this program.”

Compton school officials officially welcomed the community into Compton Early College Oct. 24, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in celebration of the school's recent opening. (Photo courtesy of Compton Unified School District)
Compton school officials officially welcomed the community into Compton Early College Oct. 24, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in celebration of the school’s recent opening. (Photo courtesy of Compton Unified School District)

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

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 A.A. degree and high school diploma all at once,” Rosa Enciso said. “We know it’s challenging, but she’s doing a good job.

“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 Enciso 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.