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Undocumented Student Finds Path to College at San Antonio Can High School

Undocumented Student Finds Path to College at San Antonio Can High School

July 11, 2016

Araceli, 19, looks like most of the other students on campus at Northwest Vista College. Petite, intelligent, with big brown eyes and a wide smile, she easily fits in. No one would guess how unlikely it once seemed that she, as an undocumented immigrant, would be taking college classes.

San Antonio Can High School is a charter school that specializes in alternative schedules and credit recovery methods. Photo by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone.San Antonio Can High School is a charter school that specializes in alternative schedules and credit recovery methods. Photo by Kathryn Boyd-Batstone.
Were it not for San Antonio Can High School, a charter school that specializes in alternative schedules and credit recovery methods, her changes would have been even more slim. Like many San Antonio students whose circumstances don’t fit the traditional school system’s model, Araceli needed a school that could educate her in a very vulnerable time in her life.

Four years ago, 15-year-old Araceli moved out on her own, dropped out of high school, and began a cycle of instability that cripples many students. Without a car, she had a hard time managing school and work. Without a family support system, she had a hard time managing the distractions and anxiety of fending for herself. To complicate matters, Araceli is undocumented. She has been in the United States since she was 6, but she has no social security number.

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