Three graduates of Dayton Early College Academy (DECA), an innovative high school that prepares students primarily from low-income, urban families to go to college, will each earn college degrees this spring. These are the first DECA graduates to become college graduates and the ultimate fulfillment of the high school’s mission.
“At DECA, our primary focus is to prepare students for college,” said DECA Principal Judy Hennessey. “When they get that first acceptance letter, we’re thrilled, but we don’t consider it mission accomplished. We want to see them succeed in college. We want to see them earn that degree.”
The University of Dayton founded DECA in 2003 in partnership with Dayton Public Schools. It is the first early college high school in Ohio and the only charter school in the nation operated by a Catholic university.
DECA was one of KnoweldgeWorks first early college high schools.