“When I was in ninth grade, I would have never thought I’d be going to college with a $20,000 scholarship. If I would have gone to another school, I know I wouldn’t be in the position I am in right now,” said Mecca Herron, a senior at Ánimo College Prep Academy (ACPA). Herron has come a long way: as a freshman, her state testing results demonstrated a third grade proficiency in English. Three years later in her junior year at ACPA, she scored above grade level in English, growing seven grade levels in just three years!
Herron has always loved reading and writing, but when she got to middle school, her grades suffered. “At my middle school, there was no structure. You didn’t have a relationship with teachers–you just sat in class. I don’t even remember my middle school English teachers,” admits Herron. Her experience meant she slipped through the cracks when she should’ve been flourishing.