This remarkable, first-hand account reveals the impediments and challenges to educating inner-city secondary students when so much is arrayed against them and how believing in all kids helped save a school and change education in the state of Colorado. In 2 years, Principal Scott Mendelsberg took his school from a 17% to a 73% college matriculation rate. He didn't get new teachers, a new building, different kids, or a new curriculum. He just made sure students realised that college was an option for them.
Scott Mendelsberg is executive director of Colorado GEAR UP. He has over 20 years of experience in education as a teacher, coach, programme director, high school principal, and state director of federal programmes.