October 09, 2010
As the first and only high school in our nation to be named after Mrs. Rosa L. Parks, we are a school family that takes great pride in embracing values that ensure academic achievement as well as social success. We believe and espouse respect, trust, support of others, equity, leadership, and community service through the arts. Because of budget constraints in our community and statewide, our school family and programs which extend beyond the walls of the school building, risk elimination. The programs have afforded our inner city young adults to realize 100% graduation- 10 of the last 12 years! 98% of our students go on to higher education, with scholarships! We have been recognized as one of our nation's best high schools by "US News and World Report". Our budget constraints, unfortunately, will not afford our students the myriad opportunities to continue to perform at such venues as the Rotunda in VIrginia, the NJ governor's mansion, Disneyworld, and Carnegie Hall. These performances serve as the barometer by which the students are assessed. Even though our students' socioeconomic status is labeled 'disadvantaged', through leading by example and tough love, the faculty and staff diligently labor to prove that inner city youth can excel!!! For you see, FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION, is our montra!
- submitted by a community member