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NYS report: ELL students least likely to graduate high school in Syracuse

NYS report: ELL students least likely to graduate high school in Syracuse

Syracuse City School students gathered today at the Hillside Center for a celebration after making the honor roll.

This is thanks in part to Hillside's Work-Scholarship Connection program.

"Tutorial help, regents prep, helping them get jobs, making sure they stay focused, and help them achieve their goal which is to graduate," explained Executive Director Wayne O'Connor.

New numbers from New York State suggest "English language learners" in the district are some of the least likely to graduate.

While the rate is 23.7% for ELL students, some of these kids just might be the exception.

"When we work as hard as our school district does and you combine with a program like ours, which which gives them that extra support, kids can and will be successful," said O'Connor.

The school district says it's proud of these students, and the staff at Hillside say they won't be satisfied until every ELL student is on track to graduate.

"You know it's always one voice, it's always one saying, it's one quote, it's always one person. And that one student could be sitting in this room today," said Youth Advocate Jaquiel Ash.

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