The first graduating class from an all-girl high school in Brooklyn is now college-bound!
Located in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy (BELA) celebrated their graduating class with a 100 percent college acceptance rate. The staff hosted a “college showers” for the high school seniors and gave out swag bags that included college gear, dorm supplies, duffel bags and a pair of wireless headphones.
During the event, the co-founder of BELA and head of the high school, Nicia Fullwood, commemorated the girls on their hard work and achievements.
“Today, you are rewriting history and contributing to the legacy of District 16 and Bedford-Stuyvesant. We’ve always said that you all were destined for greatness, that you’d change the world in ways we could never imagine,” said Fullwood. “Despite your non-traditional senior year, today, we celebrate all of you.”
Each of their 50 seniors applied to over 150 different universities/colleges and received approximately $1 million in scholarships. In addition, the majority of this year’s graduating class were first-generation college students.
The all-girls school opened in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn in 2017. Their main goal was to overcome educational inequities in Black communities and enable young women to “be the best version of herself.”
Congratulations to the class of 2021!