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100 Percent Of The Seniors At A Watts High School Were Accepted To College

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All 56 of the seniors at Verbum Dei High School in Watts have been accepted to college, making it the 9th year in a row for the school to reach a 100 percent rate of acceptance.

NBC L.A. reports that the seniors announced which colleges they'd be attending in their "Commitment Day Ceremony." The 56 students submitted more than 800 applications. According to Verbum Dei's Facebook page, graduates will be studying at UCLA, UC Berkeley, Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara University, Marist College, and Boston College.

According to NBC L.A., the student body of the private Jesuit school is about 70 percent Latino and 30 percent black, and live in inner city communities in and around Watts. School officials said that about 60 percent of this year's seniors will be first-generation college students.

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One famous alumnus of Verbum Dei is NFL linebacker Akeem Ayers, who will be returning to L.A. as a member of your Los Angeles Rams. Ayers also played football for UCLA.

Verbum Dei used to be renowned for its athletic prowess, as the L.A. Times reported in 2013. But after Jesuits took over the administration of the school, and only low-income students were accepted, things began to change: the application process was competitive and tedious, as was the structure of the program itself. Students work one day during the school week as part of a corporate work-study internship, which helps pay for tuition. The rest of the tuition is paid for by scholarships, grants and fundraising.

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