By Steve Tawa

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A chain of charter schools in Philadelphia today brought in dozens of college reps from near and far to promote a college-bound culture for its students.

At the college fair in the gymnasium of  Simon Gratz High School, on West Hunting Park Avenue, students attending high schools operated by Mastery Charter Schools had the chance to grill potential institutions about post-secondary opportunities.

Jade Mickens, a junior at Mastery’s Pickett campus in Germantown, has been researching top business programs.

“I just saw University of Penn and University of Virginia, Penn State, Syracuse, and Virginia,” she told KYW Newsradio.   What were some of the questions she was asking?

“I wanted to know their diversity, how many students graduate with jobs, and their internship opportunities,” she said.

Chanell Bates, director of post-secondary initiatives at Mastery Schools, says the students’ expectations are high and they’re committed to academic achievement.

“At Mastery, we help our students think about college across the continuum — including the best fit, and also access and completion,” she said today.

A snapshot of Mastery’s Class of 2013 showed that 98 percent earned college acceptance, getting over $14 million in scholarships.



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