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Congrats North Queens Community High School student Rumena Begum

June 16, 2014 / Independent Youth News

“I feel so accomplished. I made it. It’s a happy feeling,” says Rumena Begum, who will graduate from SCO’s North Queens Community High School upon passing her final two Regents exams. Rumena has earned the right to be happy. Not long ago, graduating seemed nearly impossible: After two years of high school, she had earned a grand total of just two credits. Forty-four are needed to graduate. At her old school, Rumena started cutting classes to spend time with her friends. Her attendance was poor. At the pace she was going, she risked not graduating. Then she came to North Queens.

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4 out of 5

runaway or homeless youth leaving our transitional living programs are engaged in educational pursuits or gainful employment

82%

of students at our residential school for youth with high-functioning autism are actively involved in weekly internships in the community