When they enrolled their son Chris in Camino Nuevo Charter Academy as a kindergartener, the Romeros probably wouldn’t have bet that he’d eventually receive acceptance letters from 13 elite universities, including Yale, Dartmouth and MIT. But this spring, that’s exactly what happened to this first-generation American.

Chris chose Harvard, which he’ll begin attending this fall. He plans to major in molecular biology to prepare for a career as a pediatric cardiologist.

He credits Camino Nuevo with providing him with the support, encouragement and rigorous academic training that he needed to reach such heights. Watch this video and learn more about Chris’ incredible story!

Newspaper Profiles Charter Grad Headed to Princeton

His mother works at a sewing shop. In middle school, his grades were bad. But four years later, Jordy Rodriguez is headed to Princeton University with a full scholarship. “It’s something I never thought I could achieve,” he told La Opinion, which recently featured a story on Rodriguez’s academic success.

Jordy was one of just 6% students accepted to the Ivy League institution to this year. It’s an especially remarkable achievement, given that Jordy once struggled academically. He told La Opinion that “everything changed” when he found Green Dot’s Animo Pat Brown Charter High School in Los Angeles. Read more about Jordy’s inspiring personal and academic transformation.