The 99 graduating students from The Preuss School at UCSD had a lot to celebrate at their commencement ceremony on July 1. More than 90 percent of the graduates of the nationally ranked charter school located on the campus of UC San Diego have been admitted to four-year colleges, such as Harvard, Stanford, Brown, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego and other world-class universities.
The Preuss School UCSDhas been consistently ranked as one of America’s best high schools by Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report. Preuss is a middle and high school dedicated to providing intensive college-prep education for motivated low-income students who will become the first in their families to graduate from college. The school is jointly chartered by UC San Diego and the San Diego Unified School District.
The 800 commencement guests were greeted by students extending a “welcome” in 13 languages, including Spanish, Cantonese, Italian, Thai, Tagalog, Mandarin, Farsi, Vietnamese, Cambodian and English. The valedictorian address for the class of 2010 was given by Katrina Wong, who will attend Harvard, while Paul Tran, who’s enrolled at Brown, presented the salutatorian address.Twenty-eight of the Preuss graduates will attend UC campuses, including UC San Diego. Other nationally ranked colleges welcoming Preuss students in the fall are Syracuse, Pepperdine, Georgetown, the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and Notre Dame.