For 17 local high schoolers, college starts now. The students, all incoming freshmen at Asbury Park High School (APHS), were officially inducted on June 29 into the Asbury Park Dream Academy, a unique early-college high school program cohosted by the Asbury Park School District and Brookdale Community College.
Throughout the next four years, the students will supplement their traditional high school curriculum with college-level courses taught at their home school and Brookdale’s campuses in Wall and Lincroft. In 2021 they will graduate with both a high school diploma and a Brookdale associate’s degree, ready to begin their junior year of college at the age of 18.
The class of 2021 is the second cohort of APHS students to enroll in the Dream Academy, joining 15 students who were inducted last summer.
The incoming students were welcomed by their Dream Academy colleagues and recognized by wide range of district and college officials on June 29 during a Summer Success Orientation program held at the high school.
School district superintendent Lamont Repollet, Brookdale interim president David Stout, APHS principal Kathy Baumgardner, vice principal Angela Thomas, and Brookdale K-12 partnerships dean Franklyn Rother all congratulated the students for taking on the challenging program and making a selfless commitment to their education and their future.
Speaking on behalf of the Dream Academy Class of 2020, student Micah Wright also encouraged the incoming class to make the most of their time in the program.
The Asbury Park Dream Academy Class of 2021 is: Javier Analco Ramos; Saniah Foster; Meliza Garcia; Carlie Herrera; Onna’stee Jackson Rainey; Christlie Lavarin; MarieSencia Marcellus; Jocelyn Oseguera; Antonio Ramirez; Lucero Ruiz; Ali Salahedin; Angie Serrano; Zachariah Simmons-Bryant; Deicie Vasquez; Karen Villa-Carrasco; and Edgar Zuniga Olivera.
Learn more about the Asbury Park Dream Academy program here.
Check out more photos from the Dream Academy Summer Success Orientation program here.