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First Lady Michelle Obama Celebrates Capital City Public Charter School Seniors

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    Alexis Margolin



WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 3, 2014 – First Lady Michelle Obama will visit Capital City Public Charter School this Friday, December 5th to celebrate the College March as they drop their college applications in the mail.

  • WHAT: First Lady Michelle Obama addresses an entire class of high school seniors as they mail their college applications.
  • WHEN: Friday, December 5th at 12:30pm.
  • WHERE: Capital City Public Charter School, an Expeditionary Learning Mentor School in Washington D.C.
  • WHY: To celebrate the goal that Expeditionary Learning shares with the First Lady's "Reach Higher" initiative: that every student in America attend college.

Since the Washington, D.C. school’s first graduating class in 2012, 100% of Capital City seniors have been accepted to college – a significant achievement in that 80% of graduates have been the first in their families to go to college.

“All students deserve an education that makes success in college both an option and an aim,” says Scott Hartl, CEO of Expeditionary Learning (EL), a K-12 education nonprofit that partners with 160 schools in 31 states and D.C. “The success of Capital City’s seniors is a testament to the fact that students can ‘reach higher’ and achieve more than they ever thought possible. Expeditionary Learning embraces the First Lady’s commitment around giving kids the opportunity to direct their own future in college and beyond.”

The first College March began at Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School in 2011, and spread across NYC Outward Bound Schools' network of EL schools in 2012. This year, NYC Outward Bound Schools expanded the March across the nation, including at 14 EL schools. 

Click here for more information on College March.